Thursday, February 11, 2010

A blizzard and a power outage

I’ve been missing in action for a couple of days because of a blizzard that hit my area. In case you didn’t know, I’m a newspaper editor. Journalists, like doctors and nurses and many other people, are expected to be at work no matter what. So when bad weather is headed our way, we make whatever arrangements we need to make to ensure that we are at work on time. A lot of us stayed at a nearby hotel so we could walk to work.
But what I really want to do in this post is thank my outstanding team of reporters and editors and copy editors who risked their lives to come to work and did a kick-ass job. I’m so proud of each of them.
On top of the awful weather, we had a massive power outage and we could not produce our newspaper. We set up a temporary newsroom at a nearby hotel and grabbed as many laptops as we could find. We were able to post reports from our photographers and reporters who were out in the field working the story on the web immediately. About 6 or 7 hours later, the power came back on and we moved back to the newsroom (carting all of those laptops and other gear) and we were able to get the newspaper out on time.
My staff was awesome. My colleagues were awesome. No one complained; everyone just went into action doing whatever it was that needed to be done. I’m honored to work with so many talented people who work tirelessly to serve our readers each and every day across multiple platforms.
What a great team of journalists we have at the YDR!

1 comment:

  1. As I was reading about the storm I kept thinking how being snowed in might be kind of night, but a power outage would be a nightmare. You dealt with it well. Good thing it was a relatively short outage.