We’re proud to present Bill Cleary as our Power User of the week! Bill is the founder and owner of CNBNews. A few years ago, CNBNews helped capture a bank robber. This isn’t your regular Z-Blog interview, instead we asked Bill a few questions and let him respond the best way he can – by writing a story his own way. Buckle up, this is a reading adventure.
THE ZEMANTA PROGRAM GIVES ME ‘A SECOND SET OF HANDS’
Let me introduce myself, I am the former owner, publisher and editor of the Gloucester City News Inc., (GCN) a weekly newspaper with 20,000 readers. The Gloucester City News, located in Gloucester City NJ, was incorporated in 1929. Our family owned the paper from 1948 to 2005. We also owned the Camden County Record, a weekly with circulation in the City of Camden NJ.
From the time I was a little guy I wanted to be a reporter. I started my newspaper career in 1966 at the age of 21. In 1978 my father retired an I was named editor of both newspapers. My wife Connie and I brought the Gloucester City News in 1985. Although we no longer own it, I still write a weekly column for the Gloucester City News.
Looking for another avenue to express my views we launched ClearysNoteBook (CNBNews.net) on July 31, 2006. It was touch and go in the very beginning as I knew nothing about building a website. Once I got the hang of it I had a ball. After all those years of running a weekly newspaper I could now write a breaking news story that would be viewed immediately across the wide world web. I was amazed that I could easily build a photo album loaded with pictures of a football game. The idea that I could shoot a video of a sporting event, or a parade and have it loaded on my site was also a thrill.
A few years ago CNBNews helped in the capture of a bank robber. Local police reached out to our news site with a photo of the suspect. Within hours the man was caught thanks in part to that alert posted on CNBNews.
CNBNews is a one man show. On a daily basis I view 200 emails looking for topics that are news worthy. I write commentary, edit copy submitted for posting, shoot photos and videos, design ads, talk with customers and so forth. In between I am posting 12 to 20 articles a day, seven days a week.
Helping me from the very beginning was Zemanta. In seconds their program is linking similar topics and images to my current article. In doing so my readers stay longer on our blog. Having the Zemanta program installed on my site gives me a second set of hands. Over the years Zemanta has saved me so much time it is unbelievable. I love Zemanta!