This morning’s first session was on Intranets, hosted by Carolyn Edds. Participants were John Maines of the Sun-Sentinel and David Dwiggins of the Tennessean. Their intranets are impressive. “Sunspot” contains lots of searchable databases, and John demonstrated how to create database search forms using Web Matrix/Asp.net. Looks simple and easy to create a page from Access.
Interesting that both intranets are “Spots”: the Tennessean’s intranet is “NewsSpot”. This intranet has entry forms so many people can update news and other sections. There are great projects pages, and a newsroom planning tool for assignments and projects.
Both said keeping up a source database, though, isn’t going so well. This is something we’ve wondered about doing, and gotten resistance from reporters. This seems to have happened at these two papers, too, as reporters there won’t update the list, according to John and David.