Nola.com Seeks Web Producers for Weeks Ahead (Poynter Online)
The newspaper operation, including its website staff of 15 people, has been moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since the T-P building is uninhabitable. Weinberger says that the company is not at this point thinking of having temporary producers be in Baton Rouge, but rather work from wherever they live.
Understandably, the Nola.com and Advance Internet managers have not yet scoped out a complete plan of attack, so Weinberger was unable to speak of long-term coverage plans for the website. ( Nola.com editor Jon Donley was unreachable.) Nor would Weinberger predict how long the site might want temporary help.
Nola.com has, predictably, seen huge usage numbers this week. Yesterday's page-view count was around 30 million; in comparison, the entire page-view count for the month of July was 26 million. Weinberger says the traffic numbers seem to grow each day as the New Orleans crisis deepens.
With the demand for information from the public to the website of New Orleans' dominant newspaper sure to be huge, the staff will have a huge task ahead in the coming weeks -- indeed, throughout the rebuilding process.
Online news professionals interested in helping out Nola.com are being asked to send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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