Rewards come to those who innovate


I had the pleasure on Thursday of rewarding one of our employees with Heritage Newspapers’ STAR Award. I nominated him, in particular, for his efforts to introduce ipadio, which allows reporters to record audio using their telephones and incorporate it in their stories online. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I encourage you to visit the ipadio website.

Here’s what I read during the presentation by Publisher Jim Williams at our office in Saline.

Daniel Lai, copy editor for The Chelsea Standard and The Dexter Leader, has been awarded Heritage Newspapers’ STAR Award for his dedication to the communities he serves and for taking the initiative to explore new technology to help the newspapers better serve readers. Daniel discovered ipadio, which allows reporters to broadcast from a phone to the Internet. He has incorporated these “phlogs” in news stories, complementing his reporting along with videos, and developed a teaser to promote the audio interviews in print. He plans to train all of the staff at Heritage Newspapers’ Western Region group in use of the technology.

Daniel’s hard work paid off for him last December when he was promoted to his current position, in charge of two newspapers in the Heritage group, after serving as an editor of The Manchester Enterprise for 2 1/2 years. He has continued to show his strong commitment to the newspapers by not only editing all of the content for both publications, paginating pages, uploading the web content, blogging and promoting the newspapers on social media sites, but also covering council meetings, writing features and shooting local video, along with posting phlogs.

There’s no doubt Daniel’s use of technology, which included covering President Obama’s speech at the University of Michigan graduation earlier this year, in which he tweeted throughout the event and maintained a mobile blog, will continue to set an example for the entire company and provide inspiration as the company moves forward with its digital first philosophy.

There’s also video.

By the way, Daniel got a $100 gift card and a plaque.

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One Comment on “Rewards come to those who innovate”

  1. Michael McVey Says:

    Well done, Daniel.


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