Recently we overhauled the look of The Daily Sentinel. More importantly, we overhauled the content.
The new look/new content format has been around for several weeks now, and we’ve received very positive feedback.
One of the things we focused on in revamping our content was giving our subscribers a reason to visit our website.
In the past, our site has simply been a regurgitation of the print product. Basically, if you were a subscriber, there was very little reason to visit www.thedailysentinel.com. Aside from a few extra photos, polls and a comment function, the content was basically the same.
While the site still contains all the content from the printed version, I think we’ve done a pretty good job of giving subscribers a reason to check us out online.
The main reason for that is our new video content. And, no, I’m not talking about a quick quote from the city council meeting that we film and throw up on the site.
Recently we hired a full time videographer. The results have been tremendous. I think you’ll find the quality rivals most anything you’ll see on television.
In less than a month, here’s what we’ve done so far:
• A 15-minute documentary entitled, “A Small Town Election.” We spent the entire Election Day with Brent Miller as he sought a place on the city council. We followed Brent as he set up at the Rec-Com that morning all the way to his victory party that night.
• Launched a web series where we examine local legends of haunted places. The series, entitled Southern Shadows, has been a real hit. Our staff has done a tremendous job of incorporating local ghost stories with actual history of the sites they’ve explored.
• A 25-minute documentary called “Home Field” where we follow the Woodville Panthers as they play their first football game in their new stadium.
All of these are first class and deserve a watch. While we’re constantly working to improve the content of our site these videos are a huge step in the right direction. Do yourself a favor and visit www.thedailysentinel.com and check them out. I think you’ll be pleased.
And, let us know what you think. We love constructive criticism, and we’re definitely not above receiving compliments.