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Continuing my series of posts on live coverage, Breaking News Editor Tom Cleary explains how Digital First Media’s Connecticut breaking news team works. Newsrooms and clusters of newsrooms pursuing Project Unbolt need to cover breaking news live and should consider forming a breaking news team.  

Tom Cleary, photo linked from Connecticut Newsroom blog

In early February, just as Project Unbolt was getting underway at the New Haven Register, the DFM Connecticut breaking news and digital staff was reorganized. The breaking news team was expanded and a team of web producers was created, splitting the duties that were once carried out by one team. The reorganization was done to improve breaking news reporting and web production and also to allow town reporters to focus more on enterprise reporting.

The breaking news reporting team includes an editor, assistant editor and five reporters (three in New Haven, one in Torrington and one in Middletown). The team is tasked with covering statewide and local breaking news, freeing up town reporters that had mainly been handling those stories to work on day-to-day stories and enterprise pieces.

Here are a few examples of stories the breaking news team has covered, or helped with the coverage of, since it was revamped: (more…)

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Breaking news stories provide excellent examples of the value of digital tools. A fatal shooting in Troy, N.Y., Thursday showed how the Record is using the Digital First approach to breaking news.

Reporter Danielle Sanzone covered the story in text and video. The shooting story yesterday was followed by today’s arrest story.

Strong coverage on Facebook yielded 70 comments, 2 shares and 27 “Likes” (an awkward term for stories about violence), and the Record picked up about 35 new Facebook fans, Digital Specialist Tom Caprood reports. He used Storify to compile the various Facebook comments into one place. He deleted five or so inappropriate comments.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to duplicate a lot of this in the future outside of just breaking news,” Tom said in an email, “but it’s a great milestone to learn from and show how far we’ve come with our ‘Digital First’ efforts.”

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