We launched our first effort this week at an online streaming video.
Photojournalist Nick Short and online producer Casey Shultz mounted the video camera at the Oaks Restaurant in Ogden Canyon.
Called the Flood Cam, the camera went live on Tuesday and is aimed at the Ogden River. There are several reference points to judge the level and flow of the water, including a line of sandbags and the surface of a deck at the restaurant.
The Flood Cam was the brainchild of Visuals Editor Robert Johnson after reading in one of our stories how motorists were stopping to watch the river.
"I realized it was a compelling situation, and I wanted to make it so people could look at it from their desk rather than having to drive up there."
Johnson had been trying for some time to find the right place to launch our streaming video.
"It has to be compelling enough to leave (the camera) for an extended period of time, to build an audience over time."
That's the philosophy Johnson wants to follow in picking future locations and events for video streaming.
As for how long the Flood Cam will stay up, Johnson says it will be there "until the interest in flooding subsides."
Judging by the online comments, Flood Cam has been a popular addition to the website.
One commenter noted that a finch had come right up to the camera for a personal close-up.
And as for the one commenter who was, shall we say less than impressed, as others pointed out in response, if you're not interested, don't click on the link. It's your call. I hope you take the time to check it out.
And let us know where else you'd like to see streaming video.
As a bonus, the audio of birds chirping and the rushing water makes for soothing background noise on your computer.
- MORE WEATHER: Beginning today, we will no longer be carrying a daily weather report in the Saturday and Sunday papers. The weather report will continue to appear Monday through Friday, although in a somewhat different format than we have been using.
On one level, the decision to drop the weather two days a week is another reflection of the changing media landscape.
In a print format, the weather report is at best a snapshot in time, but it always runs the risk of becoming outdated by events. People today can get immediate, up-to-date reports via electronic media that print can't match.
That's also true during the week, of course. But on the weekends, more so than during the week, people are out and about in the weather, not sitting around reading about it.
Taken together, we feel we can make better use of that weekend space by devoting it to news coverage rather than a print weather package.
And don't forget, one of places you can check on the latest weather is on our website at www.standard.net.
Dave Greiling is managing editor of the Standard-Examiner. He may be reached at 801-625-4224 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.