We put a GoPro camera on our eight-mile baggage belt. We gathered planeside to meet the long-lost remains of fallen World War II soldiers. We announced plans for the airport’s billion-dollar modernization plan and broke news on what the Max 8 grounding means for overbookings nationally.
And we set a new standard for airports when we unveiled the largest, most comprehensive sensory room in the world for autistic children and adults who find air travel stressful.
Those are just a few of the highlights that mark the first anniversary of Blue Sky News, Pittsburgh International Airport’s news platform – the first of its kind among airports in the U.S.
More than 300 stories later, we’re growing our audience both in Pittsburgh and around the world. And people are paying attention.
So forgive us for taking a quick victory lap. On Nov. 7, Airports Council International awarded Blue Sky News first place for overall public relations programs for medium-sized airports. We are honored to be recognized, but what’s even more satisfying is hearing from readers who appreciate good stories (and photos) with an aviation bent.
We’re not the first company to take news distribution in-house, but we are the first airport. Private companies and organizations have increasingly launched their own news sites, particularly in markets where traditional media outlets have dwindled. Count Coca-Cola, Disney, UPS and Adobe among them.
To celebrate our birthday, we thought we’d take a look back at five of our favorite stories from the past year. Enjoy.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Blue Sky News stories as much as we’ve enjoyed telling them, and we look forward to making our second year even better.