Saturday, October 4, 2008

Impressive overnight coverage

Posted by Craig on 10/04/2008
Gannett's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has really put a lot of effort in their "overnight" coverage, working well with both the 24/7 news cycle and new technology.

Last night, they did a great job covering a major apartment fire in Greece, N.Y. Audio, video, and photos from the scene can be seen here in the cleverly-titled "While Rochester Slept" blog.

Chad Roberts has been central to these efforts, as he's served as Overnight Editor for the D&C since Feb. 2007 - right in the middle of my time at the D&C from Oct. 2006 to April 2008. I would work nights, so I would cross paths with him often. We'd often see each other in the elevator - me leaving for the night, he off to a big fire or a murder.

Seeing the types of things he's done firsthand, I've thought a lot about how important that coverage is. And it is very important. Also, it wouldn't be possible without the new technology today, that allows him to capture video/audio/photos and put together really compelling slideshows and pieces. I just wanted to take a second to recognize their extraordinary work and share it with others.

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