Not very long ago, the only way to get minute-by-minute description of an event was to watch TV or listen to the radio.

The Internet has changed all that, and while sometimes the move to using the Internet has been difficult, giving us the opportunity to keep our readers informed in new ways.

Probably the best way to keep you informed when something big happens are the live blogs we’ve started to run. Now, when Presidential candidates come to town, you can follow along with us. And, unlike TV and radio, with a live blog, it isn’t just us talking.

Take a look at our blog today from the John McCain/Sarah Palin campaign event. Not only can you read what’s happening, you can ask questions for us to answer, and you can put your opinion out there, as well.

It’s one of the ways that we’re trying move our coverage away from just ink on paper and into the digital world.

So what else do you want to see us do to keep you better informed?

We’re starting a blog to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening in the newsroom here at The Gazette.

My name is Jamie Kelly, and I’m the new social media guide at the paper. Fancy title, but a simple job: I’m going to connect with our readers in a whole bunch of different ways with the goal of making sure we’re covering the stories that matter to you and getting them to readers in as many different ways as possible.

My hope is that this blog makes our newsroom operations more transparent. I’ll be posting ideas we have for front-page stories, explaining how we make decisions and answering any questions that come up.

And hopefully, you’ll be reading and leaving comments for us.