MODESTO — On Saturday, we learned of the homicide in Calaveras County when the sheriffs office posted a notice on Nixle.
This week, the Boston Police Department released the latest developments in the marathon bombing investigation on Twitter.
And the latest crime statistics in Newman can be found at the departments Facebook page.\
Weve come a long way from the days of reporters having a press room in the local police department, pounding out stories on a manual typewriter before running to a bank of pay phones to call the story into an editor.
As technology continues to evolve, so to do the ways we reach out to our sources and gather information. These days, we still make our cop calls to check with local agencies on anything they have going on, but were just as likely to reach someone via text message or email as with a phone call, or to see what theyre up to via social media. And one good way to find people interested in a particular topic is to post a question on The Bees Facebook page. Putting something out on Twitter immediately reaches 10,000 people who follow us.
We regularly post videos so readers can see subjects in action, and we have done the occasional live feed of events or breaking news. Of course, the best way to cover a story remains and will always be at least, as far as I can tell going to the scene.
Theres an old journalism saying that the only place theres no news is a newsroom.
These days, you could say, with our various pieces of technology, we carry the newsroom with us wherever we go.