WordPress, good SEO offer new showcase for staff photography, archives

Abbie Hoffman of the Chicago Seven is pictured as he addressed the Black Panther rally on May 1, 1970 in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo)

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.


About mattderienzo

Matt DeRienzo has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter, editor, publisher and corporate editorial director and has been recognized nationally for leading newsroom innovation. He teaches journalism at Quinnipiac University, writes a monthly column for Editor & Publisher magazine, and serves as interim executive director of LION Publishers, a national network of local independent online news site publishers. Previously, he served as group editor of Digital First Media's publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen and Connecticut Magazine, and Northeast regional editor for Digital First Media. He also served as publisher of The Register Citizen, Middletown Press and a group of weeklies in Northwest Connecticut, and before that was corporate director of news for small dailies and non-daily publications for the former Journal Register Company. In early 2011, The Register Citizen was named one of Editor & Publisher magazine's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right," and DeRienzo was named to its annual "25 Under 35" list of leaders in the newspaper industry. In the fall of 2011, The Register Citizen was awarded the Associated Press Managing Editors Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, an "open newsroom" launched in Torrington, Connecticut, in December 2010. He led a team of more than 100 journalists in covering the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 and 2013, and has been honored for his editorial writing and leadership of public service and investigative reporting. In 2014, his efforts at the New Haven Register were recognized with the APME's and ASNE's Robert C. McGruder Award for Leadership in Newsroom Diversity. DeRienzo is a former longtime board member of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and served as co-chairman of the United Way's annual fundraising campaign in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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One Response to WordPress, good SEO offer new showcase for staff photography, archives

  1. Pingback: Eye on metrics, reader engagement grows photo gallery audience | Digital Ninja School

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