Having tons o’ fun at my new job, learning how the news is “made,” and picking up newsy terms (vosotvo)! And I’ve made some progress in (hopefully) making KRTV.com easier to use. The software that we (stations branded as “Montana’s News Station”) use is called WorldNow Producer, and it’s…well, it’s not as intuitive and flexible as most blogging software (WordPress, etc)…but I’m learning how to work with it.
From experience, and from talking with a few other people, I know that finding stories on KRTV.com once they slip off of the front page can be frustrating. One of my small triumphs so far is adding Category pages, organized according to broad topics such as Education, Crime, Military, and such. I can’t go back and add year’s worth of previous entries, but I’ve categorized most of the stories from this week, and future entries will be added to the categories as they are posted.
Take a look and let me know what you think – do they make the site more useful for you? Will it make it easier for you to find the news you’re looking for?
I’ve also created a rudimentary “community calendar” of sorts – not perfect, but if you want to get the word out about an event, let me know.
And in other news (heh), did you know that KRTV is getting ready to celebrate 50 years of broadcasting? It’s true – October marks the beginning of a year-long celebration. I created a simple welcome page soliciting viewer input – favorite memories, pictures, TV personalities, bloopers, etc, and will be adding “viewer memories” and pictures from the the early days. Holler if you’ve got something to share!
And one more small victory: you know that I’ve enabled comments on all of the stories that I post (and star ratings, FWIW), and I’m proud to announce that we got our first two comments (scroll way down)!
So progress is being made – I hope you like the modest changes and find KRTV.com better and more useful – and stay tuned, because I’m just getting warmed up!