Wednesday, December 12, 2007
What would you say to opening a newspaper and not only reading about the hometown sports teams, but actually hear the school fight song and see your favorite team in action?
What about reading an account of a local World War II hero, then see a map marking his progress and hear howitzers fire right by your ears?
What kind of newspaper page is that, you ask? Think there's something cooking on the back page you haven't noticed?
Well, think of this as the back, back page. It's not in print, but it could be on your computer screen.
More and more newspapers are moving toward showing video or other supplemental graphics and audio on their websites to complement news coverage.
It doesn't replace the story, mind you, but amplifies it.
Some of the papers in our newspaper family, Eagle Newspapers, were challenged last month to think about internet coverage, to think about adding video to a reporter's pen, pad and camera in telling the story.
I'm not sure when or if we'll do this here at the Daily Sun News, but I'd like to think that just as the computer age has enhanced newspaper page design and layout, so too the internet age can enhance our reporting and help us take our feature and sports stories to places we never thought possible.
After all, if a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is an audio or video worth?