What’s your online newsroom’s emergency plan?

Roanoke has been doing everything right online on the Virginia Tech story. Breaking news, multimedia, everything at once, plus, the one thing most of us never think too much about, keeping the servers running.

Here’s how they did it.

I hate to ask this question, but what’s your online emergency plan in the event of a server-melting breaking news story?

If you’re a shooter, is there someone back at the office who can edit what you shoot? Got an army of interns to run flash cards and tapes back and forth? Or do you just grab a laptop with all the software you need and send back images/video/text/audio as you gather and edit it? Do you have one of those just sitting around? A few point & shoots to throw at reporters?

The more I think about it, the less sleep I’m going to get, so I’ll leave it at that. (Note to self: Make emergency plan…)

Job opening in Roanoke

Want to work with an all-star award-winning online and multimedia journalism team for a daily that’s big enough to have lots of resources but small enough that you get to get your hands dirty as the lead developer on some projects?

Go to Roanoke.

From Seth Gitner, the multimedia editor at the Roanoke Times in Virginia, comes word that this Web Producer position still isn’t filled.
The ad says:

The producer will be expected to work with reporters and editors from The Roanoke Times, as well as producers and developers from the Web site to create compelling and cutting-edge projects for Roanoke.com. When breaking news hits, this position will ensure our online coverage puts us ahead of the competition. The online content team works in the newsroom and collaborates with print staffers.

It’s a gig at a 97,000 circ daily that features a daily video newscast and tons of multimedia content. The Times is owned by Landmark Communications, the same company doing great things with video at the Virginian-Pilot and blogs at the Greensboro News & Record.

On a related note, why hasn’t this sweet job already been snapped up by some young up-and-coming news coder? Maybe Bryan can talk Seth into an IM interview about how hard it is to find the right sort of journalist/programmer for this sort of job, and why.