Tahlequah Daily Press

Editorials

September 14, 2012

We just might use your videos

TAHLEQUAH — As small as we are, the Tahlequah Daily Press can’t be everything to everybody. But in today’s multimedia environment, our staff members – and those of other community newspapers across the state – have to at least try to offer something for everybody.

The Press got a video camera a few years ago, and a couple of our newsroom staffers were trained to make videos. But the camera’s use, combined with the editing and processing requirements at that time for taking videos from inception to our website, precluded us from producing very many.

Since then, our website platform, Zope, has developed its own video production process, and we’ve acquired a more user-friendly camera. We don’t claim to be a TV station, but we’re nevertheless committed to bringing you the “live action” whenever we feel it will be of value to readers.

The Multimedia button on the left side of our homepage offers something we can’t offer in either full newspaper edition. It’s a little extra for our “paying customers,” and a bonus for those who rely solely on our website for information.

If you go to the site now, at www.tahlequahdailypress.com, you’ll notice a flurry of recent activity. A couple of the offerings are slide shows, compiled from photos our staff took at the Cherokee National holiday, or a first look at the new Heritage Elementary School. But we also have three new videos.

There’s another one of a recent meth bust, but it was attached to a story under our local button. A vid detailing the upcoming renovations to the NSU Fitness Center pool is both in the Multimedia section and attached to a story under our Local tab.

There’s also a video detailing back-to-school activities at Briggs School. We’d like you to take particular note of this video, because it was supplied by the school itself. Many important events are occurring in Cherokee County, and with our small staff, we can’t possibly get to all of them – and even when we do, we might not be able to produce a video.

That’s where you, our readers, come in. We welcome your videos from events of general community interest. We say “general interest,” because we’ve already had a mom ask if we’d put up a vid of her daughter’s wedding. The answer, of course, is, “Not unless something really out-of-the-ordinary happened”! The Briggs activities, on the other hand, fit the bill perfectly, as evidenced by the number of people who have commented on it.

So if you’re an employee at a local school, a member of an organization, or just an individual who happens to be in the right place at the right time, and you have a video you’d like us to post, let us know about it, and we’ll see what we can do.

You can call us at (918) 456-8833 and ask for Managing Editor Kim Poindexter (ext. 19, or email kpoindexter@cnhi.com), or Josh Newton (ex. 23, or jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com).

Your vid doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just record the event with your camera, and let us know, in a general way, what’s going on. If you have the skills to make a more elaborate production, go for it!

We also welcome your digital photos, for possible inclusion in upcoming slide shows. For close-up photos of people, we need a little more information – who they are, what they’re doing, etc.

Those can be sent to us in JPEG (.jpg) format, but you’ll need to size them down so they’ll make it through our email system. And don’t send too many at once; send two or three emails if you have to.

As we’ve always done, we at the Press are working to stay abreast of technology, and give our readers the information they want and expect. In today’s media environment, that means we’ll be giving you more visuals whenever we can.

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Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
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