The New Haven Register launched an adjunct to its main website yesterday. “Media Center,” found at http://photos.newhavenregister.com, is dedicated to photo stories, and built completely with WordPress and Slideshow Pro.
It was built by a team of geniuses from the Denver Post, and modeled after Denver’s Media Center, which has had phenomenal success through elegant design, speedy publishing of major local and national events and emphasis on headlines, summaries and tags that do well with search engine optimization. Click here for more on how and why they came up with the concept.
In New Haven, Media Center is being used as a much better showcase for staff photography. Each member of the photography department, and the newspaper’s cops reporter, have been issued iPhones, with the goal of speeding images to the web as quickly as possible from breaking news scenes.
The Register’s Breaking News desk, meanwhile, has been trained in quickly posting photo galleries relevant to breaking local and national stories they are posting to the web.
They are taking advantage of the newspaper’s access to the Associated Press’s huge archive of historic news photos.
And New Haven Register Librarian Angel Diggs is tapping into the newspaper’s photo archives to produce some amazing galleries such as this one on the history of the Black Panthers and “the New Haven Eight.”
Staff are learning Slideshow Pro, WordPress, the basics of search engine optimization and using iPhones to break news faster.