Videos away, photos out the door!

Today has been a very visual day, in terms of storytelling.

I’m accustomed to “dumping” my photos to flickr, but today was the first day I created a batch within a broader directory — in this case the village of Dexter. Now visitors can see all 45 of the high resolution photos taken of the Memorial Day celebration and parade.

Flickr is easily the most useful program we use both in terms of value for our readers and in terms of value on the back-end. Editors can just pick and choose what’s good for those sprawling photo pages and a reporter can just pop in and write cut-lines lickity-split.

The two videos uploaded via Syndicaster also encapsulate the entire morning ceremony held in the village, at which Joe Palmer, a U.S. Army specialist who says he is home for good now, got to give a very emotional speech on the holiday and what it really means.

Now his words and expression are captured with our tools and stored in our databases forever. I wonder if anyone will come looking for this video in 30 or 40 years. I bet the historical society folks wish there were video and audio bits laying around of stuff that happened in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s!


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