Our new headquarters in Doral is already benefiting readers.
Recently, a couple of law enforcement sources came to our new Doral headquarters to drop off documents and photos about a gang of robbers they had arrested, an important story that warned residents and businesses alike to be on guard.
That police provide us with information is not uncommon, but what made it unique is how centrally located we are to many of the public agencies that we cover. Many sources say they find it easier now to come meet with us — and that is a plus.
Both our newsrooms — at el Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald — are much closer to the cities of Doral and Hialeah, Miami-Dade Police Headquarters, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Miami-Dade Elections Department, Florida International University, the National Hurricane Center and the U.S. Southern Command, to name a few.
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Our newsroom was built where journalists from both papers can easily communicate, leveraging our talents on all sorts of stories, from breaking news — which is a constant in South Florida — to daily beat reporting to larger scale enterprise and investigative stories, which are the hallmark of both newsrooms. We are closer to our news partners, Univision 23 and CBS4, both located in Doral.
Do we miss our old headquarters?
Yes, and no.
Yes, no newsroom on earth had a better view: shimmering Biscayne Bay, dolphins jumping and the majesty of those huge cruise ships leaving the PortMiami.
But One Herald Plaza was also built during another era, and “Mother Herald” — as many of us in the newsroom called her — left a lot to be desired. The place was an ice box most days, the structure’s wear and tear increasingly visible, and it just made no sense for our colleagues to be so far apart: the newsroom was on the fifth floor; advertising and circulation on the second floor.
Now our office building is two floors and it’s much easier to go speak with a colleague.
This is great news for our advertisers, and great news for our readers.
The speed with which we are able to turn a story will only accelerate as the final touches of the newsroom are completed. We can provide even more radio broadcasts with WLRN-Miami Herald News.
We have a cutting edge video and photo studio. Our Continuous News Desk — larger now, with enough seats for all the journalists needed, is second to none.
In essence, it’s a multi-platform news operation that prints newspapers, too.
We have a wall of televisions to allow us to monitor news, not just locally, but from Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela, and around the world. Our proximity to Miami International Airport will serve us well when we need to launch journalists to wherever the big stories of interest to our readers break.
And so far, Doral has proven to be what many of us have known for a while.
A growing city, centrally located, with terrific restaurants, and businesses — big and small — that reflect the international flavor that led us all to want to work here. We are excited to be “home” and we look forward to serving you, our readers, via print, online, radio, mobile, tablet and social media.