We’ve been working on a several new items this week.
You’ve likely had a chance to check out the back to school series, which started today and continues through the weekend. It’s a good look at the challenges facing area schools in the wake of $43 million in cuts the past two years. Check out some of the photos and an interview with Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Gary Bloom in this slide show.
The high school football jamboree will be held tonight. We’ve updated our football page, set up a Santa Cruz County football twitter account, launched a live scores window and we’ve added a Santa Cruz County football record book. Did you have a big game back in the day? Make sure your name is in our database. Sentinel reporter Jim Seimas did all the legwork and research. (Reach out and tell him it’d be OK to update his blog for the first time in more than a month).
Jim did shoot a little video for us last week. We posted the Aptos moms taking part in football scrimmage yesterday.
The other thing we’ve been preparing is a Facebook commenting widget. The idea is to see what kind of response we get to article commenting using Facebook. Some news organizations (CNN/Money, the Huffington Post, Tech Crunch) have found that Facebook users are a little less anonymous, a little more responsible to friends and family. And by integrating article comments and Facebook, we hope to expand our social media presence, reaching friends of friends who might not otherwise see what we have to offer. It might be nice if the tone of our comments thread was a little more constructive, too. Let us know what you think.