In response to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, several stations including Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), pulled together data and social media assets to create an informative, site experience, Crisis in the Gulf.
Jeanne Lamy, Web Project Manager at LPB reports, "Our goal was to pull together essential, reliable data as quickly as possible. The site went live via our CMS within an 8-hour period, including its companion social media page built on ning.com."
A similar page on lpb.org that relays hurricane information and protection tips, lpb.org/hurricane, provided the necessary building blocks to expedite the Crisis in the Gulf's launch. Station Products & Innovation asked Jeanne to share the work plan and resources LPB used to launch the Crisis in the Gulf page.
Our primary video sources are our own production crew with playlists
built from our own LPB video, official state feeds, and PBS NewsHour
video. Our "Louisiana: The State We're In" hosts Charlie Whinham and
Shauna Sanford contribute the bulk of our video updates. Our production
crew connected with the office of the governor for direct feeds of
important information. Internally, programming and production have
worked closely with the web team to ensure timely and accurate access to
necessary files. Choosing trusted sources on national & local
levels to extend our data such as the governor's office, state and
federal agencies, and PBS and her affiliates are good sources. PBS NewsHour's Anna Shoup is an
amazing resource and connection-maker!
We are applying the mashable basics: Google mapping, YouTube for
appropriate video playlists, Flickr for images, Twitter for brief
updates & retweets.
My personal delight this time around has been the aggregation of
multiple RSS feeds into viable, current headlines via magpie for minimal
time & space with maximum data accessibility.
It is amazing how much information sharing we can support and provide
with the right tools & partners!
Thank you, Jeanne for taking the time to answer our questions and share
your information with stations. If you have additional questions or
comments for Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), please feel free to
post them below.