A picture that was on this blog earlier this week went absolutely viral on
the Daily Item Facebook page – making it possibly the most popular image yet on the page.
This is the photo:
Posted on 9/11, it got 430 likes and 74 shares. That’s pretty amazing for a small newspaper.
Other topics heating up on the page:
People in the Valley are
talking about the coming 10-digit dialing. This was a surprise hit, garnering 60 comments. Here’s a sample: Christina Ayala “I don’t think it is that big of a deal, i have it stored in my phone book that way anyways, and when i taught my kids their phone number i always gave them the area code when teaching them, bc honestly if they got lost or kidnapped and used the phone who knows where they would be and if they would need it!” And the Bean Soup Festival is hot – and we’re not just talking about the food. The festival has a lot of support from fans on the Facebook page,
professing their love for the old-time recipe.
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Back – oh it had to be a year or so ago – my sister sat down at our mom’s house and while we were watching the news she stopped and said:
“Here’s the top five things I’m sick of hearing about…”
I can’t remember the whole list, but John Edwards was on it (his trial had just ended).
I feel like right now…..I’m going through a little bit of that. We’ve got some “buzz stories” in the national news that seem to be going around right now on an endless loop.
I think there’s a fine line between reporting the news and obsessing about something that really isn’t that newsworthy. We have to make sure we’re not crossing that line.
So I thought about it and here’s my top five list:
The economy – nothing ever seems to change. People yelling, people accusing, end scene.
What’s on your list?
I covered Go Joe in Riverside, where hundreds of people showed up to watch him peddle into Riverside.
It was nuts seeing everyone that wanted to come out, support a good cause and a local weatherman.
Here’s a crowd shot:
These next photos show members of my own family ready and eager to see Joe – now that my mother’s retired, she enjoys doing retired people things, like going to events held during the workday, ordering off the senior menu and bothering her child at work.
She can be seen in the navy t-shirt with the white and pink phone case. Her best friend is next to her in the striped shirt and sunglasses
If you were watching WNEP yesterday at noon, you could see her cheesin’ behind Noreen and Tom Clark as they were talking about their tandem bike.
This entry was posted on July 25, 2013, in
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This morning, the entire country is buzzing with the news that
three women, missing for more than 10 years were found alive inside a Cleveland house.
As pictures of the house came out – it looks like a typical urban neighborhood, with houses lining the street, neighbors walking around, etc.
The man arrested for the crime was well-known in the neighborhood, according to Charles Ramsey, who rescued the women:
“Yeah, we all knew him!”
Here’s that interview:
So that got us thinking: how well do you know your neighbors?
I’ve lived in several different places in recent years, and honestly, there were times I wouldn’t know my neighbors if they walked down the street past me.
Is that a problem? Should we know our neighbors better?
One Daily Item newser says of his/her neighbors:
I am 75 percent sure that no one is doing anything illegal. True monsters are people and you just don’t know where they live.
What do you think? How well do you know your neighbors?
This entry was posted on May 7, 2013, in
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This morning we’ve all been glued to social media and the news waiting for more word coming out about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and the chaos that seemed to erupt overnight.
There’s so much happening at a rapid pace, it seems impossible to catch up.
But here’s a list of some live coverage that seems to provide good background as well as up-to-the-minute updates that will keep you informed. It’s where I’m getting my info, frankly:
Believe it or not, but
TMZ has great coverage as well as a news livestream. TMZ has really gone from gossip to news in recent years, and I think they’ve done a good job.
The New York Times has a good liveblog set up detailing the latest updates. They also have good links to things like the photo essay of the dead suspect taken at a boxing practice.
The Boston Globe has a good timeline set up to let you know what happened overnight. Since most of us woke up after much of this took place, it’s very handy. Once you get that background info,
Slate.com has some very good, nuanced coverage, talking about some of the things mainstream places don’t cover right away. As always,
Twitter has good info constantly coming in. As always, verification is key, but in situations like this, it’s the best source and bad information is often quickly fact-checked.
Let me know what else you come across, and keep emergency responders in your thoughts.
This entry was posted on April 19, 2013, in
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Yesterday, we at the Daily Item re-launched an old favorite: the daily video segment known as “Daily Item After Deadline.”
It stars reporters Francis Scarcella and Rick Dandes. I’m the executive producer.
It kind of a twist on the “newsroom reveals its budget for the next day” trend.
Here’s where you can watch the first episode.
The daily segment will feature all of the day’s major headlines, as well as include some cool features like special guests, on-the-street reporting and weather segments as time goes on.
It will be posted at dailyitem.com each day at around 5 to 6 p.m., depending on how the day’s going – for example today it was up after 6, wince it was a super busy day in the newsroom.
Hopefully you’ll be tuning in each day, and we’d love to hear from you what you think and would like to see!
Let us know on our Facebook page!
Below are some still shots from behind-the-scenes of the first day of production, showing Francis, Rick and Dave Hilliard working the camera:
We had some fun yesterday in search of a story.
Rob and Francis were on the roof to get some shots and have a little fun.
Here’s some photos to show just what you have to do sometimes to get it right.