We have lift-off! The new Miami Hurricane site is live

The redesigned TheMiamiHurricane.com is now live! No big surprises, if saw the beta site. Lots of big surprises if you missed the beta.

For an idea of what was going on right when we launched, check out my Twitter account late Sunday night, beginning a little before midnight: twitter.com/greglinch.

Webmaster Brian Schlansky (Twitter) has written an in-depth account of the technical side of the entire redesign process, which will be posted on the Innovation in College Media blog and republished here. I plan to introduce the post with an overview from my perspective of leading the project.

Finally, I’ve drafted a long list of people to thank, which I will post here as well. Thanks again to everyone!

Weigh in: What do you think of the new site?

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Recap of Miami Hurricane beta site feedback

It’s been a little more than a week since we launched beta.themiamihurricane.com and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback.

But we want more! Good or bad.

Below are some comments from Twitter after we launched the beta site.

Also, Bryan Murley and Andrew Dunn blogged about the site:

Miami Hurricane’s new beta site launches; feedback sought (Murley)

Big ups to the Hurricane (Dunn)

In addition, we’ve received feedback via e-mail and the form we created. Many thanks to everyone who responded.

Webmaster Brian Schlansky has already made a few changes based on comments, as well as made tweaks our Hurricane online team has discussed.

Here are some noteworthy changes:

  • Switching on-site video player from SlideShowPro to Vimeo, including the video widget. We can now track on-site views and have better looking videos (credit to Brian Schlansky). All videos will also be on YouTube.
  • Switched cover view from SlideShowPro to Issuu (credit for the idea goes to Andrew Dunn, via this post).
  • Created a uniform color for hovering over links (credit to Visuals Editor Shayna Blumenthal).

What else should we add, remove or change? Be brutal.

Please send any suggestions to feedback@themiamihurricane.com or use the online form. Also, feel free to comment below.

Read my post about launching the beta site and Editor in Chief Matt Bunch’s welcome letter.

SPJ Mark of Excellence national win and UWIRE 100 nod

SPJ Announces 2007 Mark of Excellence Award National Winners (announced Monday)

Online News Reporting
• National Winner: Greg Linch & The Miami Hurricane Staff, University of Miami, “The Presidential Forum at UM”

Thanks to everyone who worked on that package, getting everything posted within a few short hours. Congrats!

  • Karyn Meshbane, news editor/liveblogger/videographer
  • Erica Landau, reporter
  • Marissa Gutherz, photo editor
  • Holly Max, photographer
  • Matt Wallach, assistant multimedia editor
  • Nicole Alibayof, videographer
  • Anthony Minverva, videographer

Also this week: UWIRE, a university news service, made public today their list of top 100 student journalists in the country:


Newspaper adviser Bob Radziewicz and journalism professor Sam Terilli nominated me for this honor I greatly appreciate their kind words. Also, thanks to journalism professor Chris Delboni and news editor Karyn Meshbane for the recommendations they sent.

See what they wrote here.

Congratulations to the other winners, especially:

And congrats to another UM student who received a nod, Dan Kaslow (UWIRE page).

Also see

UWIRE 100 – Megan Taylor

Nevada Sagebrush uses Twitter to liveblog editor selection meeting

The Nevada Sagebrush (University of Nevada Reno) liveblogged its editor selection meeting Saturday afternoon using Twitter.

The tweets were very comprehensive and, needless to say, flooded my Twhirl window for the duration of the meeting, but it was all good fun.

Thanks to Chelsea Otakan for directing followers of her Twitter account to the Sagebrush’s.

In an interesting twist, I recognized in an early tweet that one my fellow Miami Herald summer 2008 interns is on staff at the Sagebrush. It’s a small world after all.

Weigh in: Does your news organization use Twitter?

Shameless plug: The Miami Hurricane‘s page.

(Since you’re in the neighborhood, check out mine too.)

Back in action…sorta

The newsroom was abuzz for the first time in more than a month.

Editors abound. Couches pulled out. Ideas overfloweth.

It was great to see everyone again after break for The Miami Hurricane‘s first staff meeting of the semester. Old faces and new faces, all ready to get back into action (please excuse the cliche).

Here are some of the topics we discussed:

  • Copyediting all possible content before layout, which will begin with first issue
  • Outlook for multimedia this semester and what role the multimedia editor and assistant multimedia editor will play
  • Preview of Web site overhaul, which will be a collaborative, semester-long effort; Art Director/Visuals Editor Will Wooten, Webmaster Brian Schlansky and I will take the lead, working with other staffers and Chris Delboni’s CNJ 442 class
  • New Sunday meeting structure
  • Outline of SG spring election coverage timeline
  • What everyone’s favorite color is
  • Adjustments to process for editorials
  • Emphasizing the importance of blogs and being connected
  • Highlighting that we are not just a newspaper, but a news organization

Weigh in: What would you like to see from the paper this semester?