Roundup Now Airing Daily Video News

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Remember the name Erin Turner.

She'll be one of those people who passed through Payson on her way to bigger and better things.

But until she moves on, the Payson Roundup is happy to have her.

We hired Turner last December, only days after she graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism.

Just five months later, she has taken over one of our biggest beats -- covering both the Payson and Star Valley governments and she was responsible for our coverage of the recent Promontory Fire.

But, beyond her work on the actual pages of the Roundup, Turner has become the voice of the newspaper on the radio, during our daily news broadcasts on KCMA 98.5 FM. Now, she is becoming the face of the Roundup on the Web.

Recently, the Payson Roundup partnered with the local Web site, planetpayson.com.

The owners of the site, Bill and Susan Brandt, have an extensive television background, which they are now using to be able to live in the Rim Country. You may have seen them shooting footage at Payson High School football games, at fund-raisers or major events, such as the Beeline Cruise-In or the Payson Stampede bike race.

The Brandts have converted a corner of the Roundup offices into a television station, complete with green screen and teleprompter.

Every morning, after Erin Turner stops by the radio station to read the morning news, she comes straight to the Roundup's television studio and films the morning news for video -- all before 8 a.m.

The Brandts then edit Turner's news reading with video clips and photos taken by Roundup photographer Jason Pettifield into a very visual broadcast for the Web.

We have been shooting the morning news for a week now and our turnaround time is getting shorter every day. Currently, the day's news is on the Web by 9:30 or 10 a.m. every morning.

Doing a morning video news broadcast may seem a bit out of the normal realm for a print newspaper like the Roundup, but this is actually part of an industry-wide change in the way journalists operate.

When newspaper editors attend national conferences, the latest buzzword is "convergence."

Convergence is the idea that journalists can use their skills -- gathering and distilling information -- in a variety of ways, not just in the newspaper. And newspapers are learning that they don't have to compete with radio and television any longer. Instead, we can partner, pool our resources and provide more information, faster, and in more ways than ever before to the public.

It's an exciting time, not only to be a journalist, as the profession changes, but at the Roundup, as we partner with talented members of the community and other media outlets and as we change with the times.

To view the day's video news broadcast, visit payson.com.

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