|Lights. Lights. Everywhere.|
Call us the Griswolds of holiday lights reporting.
Last year, I helped put together a comprehensive, award-winning, digital holiday lights package.
This year, we decided to kick it up a notch, streamline our process and provide even better, more useful information to our readers.
Who was involved: Aimee Heckel at the Boulder Daily Camera, Whitney Bryen at the Longmont Times-Call, Jessica Benes with the Loveland Reporter-Herald and Julie Baxter with the Broomfield Enterprise worked together as a regional reporting team, in an unprecedented effort to tackle this topic on a grand scale -- and save us all lots of time in the meanwhile.
What we did: We used a new, free smartphone app, TrackMyTour, to produce a giant regional holiday map with HUNDREDS of points, all photographed and automatically plotted using smartphones onto an embeddable Google Map, thereby removing the need to enlist photographers, web designers and page designers for the first year ever. Talk about a time-saver.
You've really got to click on this map and zoom out to see the extent of our listings! You won't believe it.