Bryna Hallam is the Times Colonist's city news editor. Before joining the paper in 2011, Bryna was an arts editor at a cycling magazine, a copy editor at the Globe and Mail and a journalism trainer in Sierra Leone. She attended the University of Victoria, where she studied linguistics and professional writing and publishing.
Some of that may be my fault. I wrote in a previous blog post near the end of May that we were still awaiting a new Android mobile app for Times Colonist content. It turns out some users were just . . .
We've all had some frustrations with the new Times Colonist mobile app. Me included. I've received many emails and phone calls about the new app, which I discussed in some detail in a previous post. . .
Our new app is now available. In fact, it’s been available in the App store for more than a week. I've been waiting to write about it, hoping I could discuss a fully functional, rock-solid app that. . .
You hear about wrong-way drivers on the highway, but you often only see the carnage they leave behind. Because of the trend of dashboard-mounted cameras (a bane to cops everywhere), you get to see . . .
After the dust settled and the two wayward steers are presumably back on their way the slaughterhouse, I had a look through the social media feeds to see what kind of impact the two unlikely media . . .
The funniest thing about this story is that I remembered to send my parents a Christmas card at all. Better yet, we included school pictures of the boys, key-chain photos of them and a gift card to. . .
This Sunday, get set to watch the best television commercials of the year. In between these mini masterpieces there will be a football game. Because we just can't wait to be sold stuff, the Super . . .
There are websites today whose only reason for being is to create viral content on the web. The headlines are unmistakable click bait, such as the title of this blog post. What happens next is you . . .
During the summer, while visiting my kids' grandparents, Jack, my eight-year-old son, and I decided to take Cricket, the family pug, for a walk on an undeveloped piece of land nearby. It's the kind. . .
When you are using Twitter to beat up on the Times Colonist, how can you be sure your message is being delivered to the right people? After all, among the things Twitter is known for, fake accounts. . .
I'm the first to admit that hashtags can be ridiculous. However, they can also help you quickly cut your way through the avalanche of Twitter, Instagram — even Facebook — to find information that . . .
One of the great things about being the web editor is that my mistakes never last for long. If someone points out a typo, I can just correct it and carry on with my life like nothing happened.* It's. . .
One night about six weeks ago, I got a query from the city desk, wondering if we had an online resource for outdoor markets in the Capital Region. We did not, I responded, but we could create one. . . .
We share links to a lot of our stories on Facebook. We do this because it's where potential readers are. More than one billion of them, in fact. We put our stories in front of these billion or so . . .
I think what is most remarkable about the photos sent to the Times Colonist by our readers is the abundant use of exclamation points. You don't just love your pets. You love your pets! Second is the. . .
UPDATE NO. 2: Press Reader has restored services and the Times Colonist E-edition is working again. They have also updated the iPad app and that is working as well. The bad news is that it now looks. . .
First, we dealt with complaints about not having a link on our webpage to the E-edition of the Times Colonist. Today, we answer those who want a way to quickly sign in to their website account to . . .
A note I received from a reader, politely asking for clarity on our policy regarding the enabling of comments on stories. My response follows: What is it with the TC and its gutless subservience? . . .
I get uneasy when newspapers run April Fool's Day jokes. All day long, I find myself reading stories and wondering if they are true or not. I don't want to be the April Fool. But the day after this . . .
First there was the letter to the editor. Then came the online comment. The latter is great source of reader interaction, both with the newspaper and other readers. It can be a vibrant exchange of . . .
We have a ton of Sochi. Breaking news. Local stories. Medal standings. Daily schedules. Sport-by-sport updates. And video players. Two of them. Bookmark this right now: http://www.timescolonist.com. . .
UPDATE: The Super Bowl player is on our homepage now and will stay there with special video content through the game and until Monday. night. When it comes to sporting events, none come bigger than. . .
When is something private no longer private? When you post it on Twitter, of course. Paulina Gretzky knows this. Any of the Kardashians know this. I know this. Here's my less explicit example. At . . .
As 2013 drew to a close, we counted up what people were looking at on timescolonist.com. That led to this popular list of the 25 most-read stories of the previous 365 days. But there were many more . . .
I spent a big chunk of my morning moderating comments on this story. It was partly because when talking about sex, you have to mention sex, which triggers our language filters and flags the content.. . .
Update: Since first posting this blog entry, I went back to see who has come to see us in our first year with the new website. Over the past 365 days: 20 million visits 8 million visitors 45 million. . .
Facebook is great. I have a friend and rarely a day goes by that I am not aware of some sort of food she has prepared and eaten. Without Facebook the part of my brain that stores that information . . .
After much hard work and testing, the Android app for the Times Colonist is available here on the Google Play store. (^ A screen image taken from the new Android app for the Times Colonist reveals . . .
At the beginning of September, we decided we needed a web page dedicated to our WHL hockey team, the Victoria Royals. So we built one: http://www.timescolonist.com/royals Easy to remember, easy to . . .
One of the great things about the digital age in which we live is that it allows us access to news and pictures from around the globe. How else would we be aware of the many and varied exploits of . . .
We are finally testing our Android app for the Times Colonist. I can't say exactly when it will be available, but this is a step in the right direction. If you are an iPhone or iPad user, you can . . .
I remember the first time I heard about this thing called Twitter. It was a little more than five years ago and I was sitting in an auditorium filled mostly with journalists and students. We were . . .
First, if you haven't read the detailed visual guide for the IPHONE APP, I recommend you first go and read it HERE. Many of the functions are the same or similar for the iPhone and iPad apps. But . . .
I was once standing in a vacant apartment with a woman who said she couldn't rent there because the Wi-Fi signal in the area was making her feel ill. After she left, I pulled out my iPhone to search. . .
The way that I discovered the historic Tudor House Pub in Esquimalt had burned down was when I awoke at 6 a.m. and found an e-mail from a reader who had sent us several photos and a video. Further . . .