When a downtown bank in sleepy New Milford was robbed in broad daylight in January, the staff of the weekly Housatonic Times jumped into action with digital-first, minute-by-minute breaking news reporting of the manhunt that ensued.
That alone was a big step for a newsroom accustomed for decades to a weekly print news cycle.
Reporter Daniela Forte solicited – and received – news tips about the whereabouts of the bank robbery suspect and police activity via Facebook, and they were incorporated into their reporting.
Reporter Scott Benjamin used his JRC Flip camera to shoot video of the standoff scene, and to interview eyewitnesses of the robbery itself.
News Assistant Lori Dolce edited and posted Scott’s video as soon as it was ready, and maintained the newspaper’s Twitter feed with frequent updates on the situation and links to new content, including photos that Laurie Gaboardi shot from the scene of the standoff.