Saturday, September 8, 2007

Paper launches interactive sports site

The Palo Alto Weekly has launched an innovative local sports Web site,, that will feature use of video technology and databases to provide everything from late-breaking news about games to technology that allows any sports team to create a "team page," with game schedules, results, stats, videos and photos. An announcement from the paper said the site will feature video interviews with players and latest scores, stats and contributions from student journalists, players and fans.

"Parents, coaches and players may submit game scores as soon as a game is over -- or even during a game -- and they will immediately appear online, along with comments or stats from the game," Publisher Bill Johnson said.

Photos and short videos can be submitted by the public and will appear on the site via YouTube. Videos will also be posted by Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff members. Parents will even be able to post sideline photos.

Keith Peters, the Weekly's longtime sports editor who this year is observing his 40th year of covering sports in the Palo Alto/Stanford area, said the new sports Web site "is like nothing we've ever done before."

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