My job at the Mail Tribune has mutated since I started. Think Spider Man, Ninja Turtles, X-Men; that kind of mutation. A complete 180, as far as cliches go.
I was hired two years ago to do web stuff. Make videos. Make multimedia content. Make surveys. Cover breaking news. Tweet. Facebook. Etc.
Then a few months goes by and I’ve got the county government beat, along with a lot of crime stories. A lot went into that equation. Newsrooms were not intelligently designed. I don’t say that in a derogatory way. I mean that they are bona fide products of evolution. Responsibilities change, all that.
There’s also been a lot of crime in Jackson County lately. A lot. Armed robberies. Drugs. Arson. And when it comes to local government, there’s always a ton to write about.
I don’t have as much time to devote to web stuff now. Well, until this week.
We’re trying something different with the Medford School Board candidate races. Bossman Bob Hunter wrote a fine bit about it here. Essentially, in addition to our “black ‘n white” coverage, we’re also adding some color. The candidates for all three up-for-grab positions will make their case on video, and that’ll be on our site. Viewers will have several videos to look at, broken down by position and question, with each candidate response included verbatim.
They’ll start arriving on our site tomorrow.
I hope it’s a useful service. I think a lot of non-verbal communication gets lost in the printed word. Readers don’t see tone, volume and a lot of other things. I think these videos will help with that.
Anyway, back to it. Video number 7 just finished rendering.