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Weakened storm Gustav lands west of New Orleans; hundreds of employees publish live news coverage

September 1, 2008

[Army National Guard members patrol the 5th District today after Gustav skirted New Orleans, in this USA Today photo]

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET. Gannett employees from Louisiana and Mississippi, fortified by teams from Florida, Des Moines, USA Today and elsewhere, are covering Hurricane Gustav‘s landfall today, publishing videos and other news reports live and real-time. As millions fled inland, The Times in Shreveport, La., and other sites streamed live storm video.

Watching the story unfold, Gannett Blog readers cheered: “GREAT JOB SHREVEPORT!!!!!!!! The best paper in Louisiana, and the best operating committee and publisher in our company,” one said in a comment, below. “You guys are doing a great job covering the storm.”

[Storm updates: The Timeshomepage, moments ago]

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Earlier: Gustav revives the overtime-pay debate

[Photo: Rob Curtis, USA Today]

Hot Off the Press: Hurricane Gustav front pages

September 1, 2008

Updated at 7:02 p.m. ET. Gustav was the big story in the most vulnerable places: Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida — but also further away. A sampling of today’s front pages; I especially liked the lede head at The Indianapolis Star.

The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La., two hours west of New Orleans. (Bigger view):


The Hattiesburg American, about two hours north of New Orleans. (Bigger view):


The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., three hours north of New Orleans. (Bigger view):


Florida Today
in Melbourne, about 11 hours to New Orleans. (Bigger view):


Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin, about 18 hours to New Orleans. (Bigger view):


The Star, about 12 hours to New Orleans(Bigger view):

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[Image: Newseum]

Next: Horse chased by reporter with video camera

May 29, 2008

Reporters often struggle to deliver their quota of news updates — those briefs filed daily to keep websites fresh under the Information Center model that Gannett pressed last year on newspapers (and, now, the 23 TV stations). Here’s an example of what readers sometimes get; it’s a screenshot of a brief filed yesterday at The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La.:


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Cutlines Only: The Daily Advertiser

January 2, 2008

Sean Stubbs (left) and Nicholas Matthew pause for a smoke outside Buffalo Wild Wings in Lafayette, La. The restaurant is one of the 95% of restaurants statewide in compliance with the Louisiana Smoke-Free Act passed one year ago, The Daily Advertiser says today. Photo by Leslie Westbrook, Advertiser.

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