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||Production of the NOAC web site is very similar to the production of
a daily newspaper. During NOAC 2000, the site was updated twice a
day. The first update was late at night. The second was
during the middle of the following day. Each time the site was updated, we followed the same process.
We worked on our computer lab, shown at the left.
|We begin each day by deciding what stories we will run. The story ideas are
placed on our whiteboard, where they stay until they are actually posted to
the site. We call this our storyboard because it details all the stories
we will run. At the right, Adam is checking to see whether other Web Site
staff members have completed their articles.
Once the stories are assigned to our staff members, we go about doing the work. Because
we are part of the communications committee, we are able to pool our resources. We use a
pool of reporters and photographers shared between the web site and
newspaper. We also did some reporting and photography ourselves.
||Once the staff members have completed their in-the-field work, they come
back to our lab to finish the stories. Since we use digital cameras and a
video camera, we are
able to quickly import the pictures into the stories that the
members are writing. At the left,
you can see various staff members typing up stories.
|Meanwhile, any graphics that we need are now being produced. From scanning logos to making
composite banners, we spend a lot of our time editing photos. To keep the load time of the pages
fast, we need to make sure that our graphics load quickly. At the right, Scott works on the
Wednesday Live banner.
||The new stories are then proofread for spelling and grammar. During this
stage of the editing process, we also check technical items, such as correct HTML code,
proper thumbnails and image sizes, and valid links. When the stories have passed these
rigorous checks, they are put in a local directory for upload to the national server
during one of our two daily updates.
|The Web Site staff is composed of all volunteer members. It is headed by a youth chair of the
committee and an adviser. Much of the advice on the direction that the Web Site takes is given
to us by the adviser, Mr. Joe Glenski.
(He is the one in the BSA uniform shirt at right.)
to him for his dedication to the Web Site.