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A new hire, and new videos, too

July 26, 2018 GMT

Some odds and ends from the newsroom to share.

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In about a month, the newsroom will be welcoming Emily Case to its ranks.

She will be succeeding Erin Bell — who moved to California earlier this summer — and serve as the Daily News’ education reporter and assistant city editor.

I’m pleased to have her joining our staff.

A native of Gibbon, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Hastings College in 2014 and subsequently pursued a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Having earned that in May, she has spent this summer completing an internship with the Lincoln Journal-Star.

In the past, she’s done some writing for Nebraska Life magazine, the Grand Island Independent and she was chosen in 2017 to be a summer fellow with the American Press Institute in Arlington, Va.

We certainly miss having Erin around, but we’re looking forward to Emily succeeding her and hitting the ground running.

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There’s nothing to show for it yet, but I wanted to make you aware of a collaborative effort between the Daily News and the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau that is underway.

The objective is to produce a series of fun tourism-related videos that will showcase why Norfolk and Madison County is a great place to visit during any season of the year.

Ultimately, the videos will be available for the visitors bureau to post and make use of in a variety of ways, including the Norfolk Area Connected app that also is a partnership between the Daily News, the City of Norfolk, Divots, the Downtown Riverpoint and Norfolk Now.

But in light of the fact that the Daily News’ website is so highly trafficked, the videos’ presence on our full site, mobile version and app will result in many more views.

Angela Henery and Lindsay Olsen are heading up the effort for the Daily News, with the help of Tyler Eisenbraun, Jake Wragge, Darin Epperly, Stephanie Bates and others.

Look for the initial videos next month.

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Speaking of videos, I hope many of you have enjoyed seeing the “pet of the week” videos that have been on our website since late this spring.

The videos are designed to complement the cats and dogs up for adoption that are publicized regularly in the print edition of the Daily News.

With the videos, the Daily News is working with Puppy Love and the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska to highlight a specific animal.

But just as important, it’s a way to make Norfolkans and area residents more aware of the need for adoption and all of the different animals that are hoping for a new home.

The “pet of the week” videos, which are produced by Lindsay Olsen, have been sponsored by Westside Family Pet Clinic of Norfolk, and we appreciate its support of the endeavor.