Hey, the system works and I think this web idea might be here to stay.
First, you start the morning very early here in London, England, with the Sun Media team of reporter Rob Longley, columnist Steve Simmons and photographer heading off by bus to Eton-Dorney, England, a site a good distance from the Sun Media hotel.
First exchange of the day comes from Dave Abel. He reports the good news that he will be in one of the boats for the two races. Down side is that it is a pool position, meaning he has to share his photos with other agencies. No problem, we report back. Better to have the good photo position.
Then the action begins.
First kayaker Adam Van Koeverden of Oakville, Ont., wins silver after leading for a good part of the race.
Right away, Rob Longley sends full story – largely written before the race begins, but needing some last-minute detail — on to the Sun Media national online team. Samie Durnford, after a quick Got it, swings into action and posts to all our sites across Canada.
Just as she is posting the story and a photo of AVK, another bulletin breaks from Eton-Dorney.
Canoeist Mark Oldershaw has won a bronze in canoeing!
Again, the magical Longley kicks into action. Full story filed immediately after the race ends. And again Samie is on the receiving end. As I am typing this, she is posting the Oldershaw story and photo.
And updating the medal count as Canada now up to 13 for the Olympics.
Whew, everyone can rest.
Not exactly, now Longley and Simmons are off to interview our two newest medal winners, Abel is off the water and chasing reaction shots and Sami is back posting many more stories back in Toronto.
The Eton-Dorney team are from done. Updated stories for the web, perhaps later versions for Thursday papers, a video shot to note the occasion and many, many photos to be posted by Mr. Abel
And as I type this, it’s not yet 6 a.m. in Toronto.
So wake up, Canada, and in this case, catch up as well.