The Scoop

A blog about what's new and changing on sacbee.com

June 4, 2012
Sacramento's best election coverage on Sacbee.com

Coming Tuesday, June 5, at Sacbee.com, get up-to-the-minute results for races across the Sacramento region and the state, with reporting from the region's premier political team.

LIVE BLOG

7 a.m. Tuesday: Live blogging with The Bee's election team begins when polls open.
8 - 11 a.m.: Updates from columnist Dan Morain at the top of every hour.
Noon - 1 p.m.: Bee editorial board member Foon Rhee hosts Q&A.
6 p.m.: Bee Capitol Bureau reporter Torey Van Oot takes your questions.
8-9:30 p.m.: Chat live with Bee political columnist Dan Walters.
8-10 a.m. Wednesday: Recap the results with Bee columnist Marcos Breton.

VOTE RESULTS

8 p.m.: Up-to-the-minute vote results as the poll close. See races from your city or across the state. Customize your results page.

ON MOBILE

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April 30, 2012
Sacbee.com's Voter Guide 2012: Be an informed voter

Sacbee.com's Voter Guide 2012 -- the place to learn about Sacramento-area candidates and issues on the June 5 primary ballot -- launches today.

Simply go to www.sacbee.com/voterguide and plug in your address to generate your personalized ballot. See what races you'll vote in. Compare the candidates. Read about the issues.

When you're ready, mark your choices and print or email yourself a completed ballot. You can even share your choices on Facebook, if you like.

Bookmark www.sacbee.com/voterguide now and use it as a resource as the June 5 primary nears.

It's optimized for mobile, so you can use it on your tablet, iPhone or Android.

As you might imagine, it takes a good many people here at The Sacramento Bee to pull off a comprehensive guide like this. The heavy lifting was done by researcher Pete Basofin. But, as with most things, his work is never done ...

The Voter Guide will be revised for the November general election. Expect a whole host of new local races and measures, and state propositions.

RELATED COVERAGE
• Election 2012: Full local and state coverage
• President 2012: Video, Delegate Tracker, Fact Checkers, Predict the Vote
• Endorsements: Recommendations from The Bee's editorial board
• New district maps: Assembly, Senate, Congress

April 12, 2012
Sacramento Bee Facebook timeline: Share your memories

We're having some fun with our Sacramento Bee Facebook timeline. Maybe you've had fun with it, too. Lots of people are sharing the links and leaving comments with their own memories. We hope you will, too.

facebooktimeline.jpgYou'll find a wonderful trove of milestones in Sacramento and world history at www.facebook.com/sacramentobee.

We've added key front pages of The Sacramento Bee since the first issue was published on Feb. 3, 1857 -- the stock market crash of 1929, the JFK assassination in 1963, Princess Diana's death in 1987 and lots more.

You'll also find photos from The Bee archives, including: hostages taken at the Good Guys store, 1991; the Kings' first game in Sacramento, 1985; deadly floods that killed 74 in Northern California, 1955; the opening of Tower Bridge, 1935.

Where were you on these key dates? What do you remember? What stories have you heard? We invite you to share your memories on our Facebook timeline.

I think you'll enjoy this walk back in time -- it's kind of addicting! Thanks go out to The Bee's Kevin Rolf and Pete Basofin for their work on this project. (Read the timeline post on Pete's Sac History Happenings blog.)

April 11, 2012
Want to help Bee editors pick the top stories?

What stories would you put on the front of The Sacramento Bee?

Ever want to tell Bee editors they need to give a story more attention or ask editors what they are thinking in picking stories for the front of the paper or the homepage of sacbee.com?

Well, you have a chance to do that every Tuesday through Thursday with Bee editors at 4 p.m., when editors meet to discuss the day's top stories.

The Bee is bringing back a program called Dr. Risk that editors started in January 1994. The program has been on hiatus for the last several years but we think the original goal of the program is even more important today.

The goal of Dr. Risk is to invite community leaders and readers to our daily news meetings to tell us what stories they would put on the front page, and why; someone who would take a "risk" and challenge Bee editors to think about the kind of stories we are showcasing to readers.

To be considered to serve as Dr. Risk, click here to register and pick a date that works for you. An editor will contact you to let you know if you have been picked, or perhaps invite you to apply for another date.

Here's how the program works:

Each week, a reader, aka Dr. Risk, arrives at The Bee at 3:30 p.m. and is given a list of Page 1 story proposals and then attends the 4 p.m. editors' meeting where stories for the next day's front page are discussed. After listening to pitches by editors and asking them questions about their stories, Dr. Risk then recommends the four or five stories she would put on the front page, and why.

The qualifications? Curiosity, an interest in news and the printed edition of The Bee, and a willingness to share your opinion in a constructive manner. The commitment is approximately 90 minutes each afternoon, Tuesday through Thursday.

April 9, 2012
New CrimeMapper lets you see where crime happens

Want to see where crimes occur? Sacbee.com's new CrimeMapper allows you to do just that.

This newly revamped interactive map tracks data from four local law enforcement agencies -- the Sacramento Sheriff's, Sacramento Police, Elk Grove Police and Folsom Police departments. We plan to expand it, adding more agencies as we go.

You can customize your search by type of crime, date or agency. Then click on any icon to see the details of that crime, including the location down to the block.

Viewing Sacbee.com from your smartphone or iPad? As part of this update, we also made the CrimeMapper work on most touchscreen devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

This interactive database of crimes will be updated regularly, depending on the agency, so check back for new data. For now, the record of crimes goes back to January 2012, but the history will grow too.

Thanks for the rebuilt and improved database goes to Bee senior web developer Marc Matteo.

Check out the new CrimeMapper at www.sacbee.com/crimemapper and give us your feedback: Comment here or email Digital Media Director Seán McMahon at smcmahon@sacbee.com.

Related links:
Sacto 9-1-1 crime blog: Daily breaking news
Ask Sacto 9-1-1: Bee reporters answer questions about crime news, trends, other issues
Photo gallery: Most wanted fugitives
Arrest logs: See arrests for 18 cities

February 28, 2012
Bee photo contest for Leap Day: Add your picture

It's Leap Day on Wednesday, Feb. 29. It comes around only once every four years, so make it count! We want to reflect the entire community in a new feature: My Photo.

SCOOPY PHOTO LARGE.JPGScoopy says send a photo of yourself and tell us what you're doing, where you are and what time the photo was taken.

Then check the gallery to see how everyone else is spending their "extra" day.

We have eight $15 iTunes gift cards for the best photos. To be eligible you must submit your photo to the gallery by upload or email:

Upload your photo: sacbee.com/myphoto

Email your photo: myphoto@sacbee.com

For photos e-mailed to us: Subject line will become the title. Sender name will be listed as author. Body of the e-mail will appear as the photo caption. (Delete e-mail signature containing personal information.)

February 9, 2012
A new mobile multimedia player from The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Bee launched a new Multimedia section, blog and photo player. We're very excited to now present the great photography from The Bee and around the world in a large format on desktop computers, tablets, and mobiles. Our focus in this area was driven by our strategy, analytics, and testing designed to increase daily unique visitors specifically on weekends. You will soon begin to see more QR codes in the paper linking print stories to their mobile gallery.

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Help us make it better -

Developing for Android and other non-Apple devices is complicated by the wide range of hardware and software variations. Here's where we need your help. Please visit http://sacbee.com/multimedia on your non-Apple smartphone with a web browser and see if the gallery loads and displays photos. There are many improvements in the roadmap for the player, but at this time, we're most interested in basic performance on the widest range of smartphones. If the player doesn't seem to be working correctly for you, please click the "?" in the upper right to see some tips and email your comments.

If you have an Apple phone, we of course want you to use the player, but we are more confident about the testing we completed on those devices. That said, if you do come across any issues please use the "?" for tips and to send us an email.

Mobile tips:

In the main interface:

  • Touch and slide to change photos
  • At the last photo of the gallery, slide to the left to open the gallery browser
  • Tap to hide/show the user interface
  • Tap "Galleries" to find other galleries to view
  • Tap the play icon to start/stop the gallery slide show
  • Tap the close icon to go to the mobile version of sacbee.com
  • If the caption text is too long to fit then drag it up and down to read more

In the gallery browser:

  • Slide to left/right/up/down (depending on your orientation) to view more galleries
  • Tap a gallery thumbnail to view that gallery
  • Tap the close icon to return to the current gallery

Known issues:

  • Occasionally when sliding between photos, the display stops in-between two photos. If this happens, just tap the screen to realign the photo.
  • On some devices, changing orientation will occasionally incorrectly fill the available screen area. If this happens, refresh the page to reload the viewer.

Links:

I also want to note that this is the first graduate from Bee Labs. A big thank you to all who helped us with our beta testing. More great things to come.

September 28, 2011
You're invited: Read 'Tom Sawyer' with Sacramento's leaders

When was the last time you read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"? Most of us have a fond memory of the book. My fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Walls, read a few pages in class every day.

Now, Sacbee.com is making it easy to rediscover "Tom Sawyer" -- or introduce it to your children or grandchildren.

The Sacramento Bee partnered with the Sacramento Library's The Big Read / One Book Sacramento, Access Sacramento and a host of community leaders for a very special project to promote reading and literacy.

At sacbee.com/tomsawyer beginning Thursday, Sept. 29, we'll be rolling out a new chapter daily during the monthlong "Big Read." Access Sacramento recorded video of each reader, so you'll see their video and the text of a new chapter each day so you can read along.

September 21, 2011
It's good to share! It's easy to share photo galleries with friends

It's easy now to share Bee photo galleries with your friends, family and colleagues.

New icons below each Sacbee.com gallery make it quick and easy to share the galleries via Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and email.

Know someone who was photographed in the Holy Bowl Snapshots! gallery? Want to show friends a cute couple in the Taylor Swift concert gallery? Can't resist sharing the fabulous gowns in the Emmy Awards fashion gallery? Share is just a click away.

As always, we invite you to use the Comments field below to let us know what you think of this new feature.



About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of sacbee.com talk about new initiatives and our plans for sacbee.com. You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and sacbee.com. Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at tnegrete@sacbee.com or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is smcmahon@sacbee.com.

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for Sacbee.com and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at lgonzales@sacbee.com.

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