In a recent New York Times article, David Carr comments on the combining of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, and says the two properties that have almost nothing in common other than the fact that they both lose lots of money. I found it amusing, but more importantly an interesting nuptial for a online-only news site.
Though I mostly find myself getting news from print on most occasions (the Expo, JandC), there is only so much you can get out of one newspaper. So I browse the internet, and my favorite midterm election site ended up being CNN. But as the member of a very conservative household I always tend to read from both sides and from there draw upon my own conclusions. This year CNN had frequent updates, and kept me in the loop as much as I needed to be.
One of those other sites I used during this year’s elections was the Drudge Report (my dad had made this my homepage a while back). Although very conservative and not like my normal CNN, Drudge’s entire page is full of links to other sites giving updates from sites like Fox News and The Washington Times. These link to election results, what I spend most of my time paying attention to.
Of course to tie into the course, another way I tracked the election was by The Daily Beast, one of the online-only newspapers we are looking at for our case study in group two. On the Cheat Sheet tonight there is an an article that mentions that the Senate races in Alaska and Washington are still undecided, and that there is a net loss in the total number of women in Congress this year, for the first time in thirty years! That just shows me that The Daily Beast is bringing up other relevant news that maybe not all sites cover. So altogether, I think I have some pretty superb ways to get my election coverage efficiently and quickly.
One way I have been keeping up with the Midterm Elections is through Headcount. They register voters at concerts and make civic participation part of the live music experience. Bands have helped Headcount register over 160,000 voters by welcoming them at their concerts, pointing to their tables from stage and appearing in public service announcement campaigns.
This is how I registered to vote at a festival in New York in 2008 and think it is simply great that musicians and their fans believe they can be leaders of the worldwide social movement.
One of the tabs is called issues and has links to websites regarding these issues. One issue is farm and food policy and to follow is a list of links that are credible, professional sources like such:
FarmFoody.org– A social network connecting individuals to farms and gardens.
FoodPolitics.com – A popular blog maintained by a New York University professor.
Ers.USDA.gov/publications – The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources and rural development.
I went to vote yesterday while I was home (in South Bend) at the City Building.
My second VJ piece went a lot smoother- I decided to use a different camera, with no tape so uploading and importing went 100% smoother than with the first piece (in Hicks). Also, I did a voice over - which I ended up loving; one reason being the fact that you just get to hear yourself talk, and another because it made my piece flow so much better than the Purdue Rifle and Pistol Club piece.
One issue I ran into was combining both pieces of audio. The audio from my interviews, which was recorded in the video itself, couldn’t be added because I couldn’t have both- it seemed like I had to choose one or the other throughout the whole piece, something I will work on for the next VJ piece.
The topic I chose was perfect for the season, and the idea of ritual, and loved trying out all the aspects of video journalism and what I have been learning so far, and will continue to learn. I have to say that all the hands on, in depth work that we have been doing is AWESOME and a great learning experience thus far.
Newspaper: falling circulation - though the rate of decline has slowed (and for some increased)
Figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations showed that overall weekday circulation at 635 newspapers declined 5 percent from circulation in the same six months last year. The decline last year was at more than twice that rate, which is good ‘news’ for now!
And! actually the newspaper reporting the highest weekday circulation was The Wall Street Journal at just over 2 million, though that number includes 450,000 electronic subscriptions. The number of individually paid printed copies the journal distributes each weekday averaged 1.4 million. Over all, The Journal’s circulation was up almost 2 percent — one of only two major newspapers to report an increase. The other was The Dallas Morning News, randomly.
I was checking my Facebook, and C-SPAN just posted a video on social media used in political campaigns. Since we talk about C-SPAN and social media utilization practically everyday, I figured this would be interesting for all.
They talk about the impact of media on the campaign,and speakers include Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at GWU and former CNN Washington Bureau chief Ben Smith, POLITICO, moderator Mindy Finn, EngageDC Adam Conner, Facebook Sam Arora, Democrat for Delegate (MD) Philip de Vellis, Murphy Putnam Media Matthew Hindman, The George Washington University.
Witch! Marxist! The taunts flew in Christine O’Donnell’s debate with Chris Coons in the Delaware Senate race. Will her down-to-earth showing get her back in the game? Samuel P. Jacobs reports for Group 2’s online-only news site The Daily Beast.
The debate article also includes two C-SPAN videos with interviews of O’Donnell, very interesting.
Krystal Ball, a Democratic Congressional candidate from Virginia, has blamed her opponent, Republican Rob Wittman, for posting scandalous photos of her on a Republican blog last week. Ball said the photos were taken when she was just out of college and had not considered entering politics.
But alas, that is one thing we must always worry about.
It is our requirement, with nothing being private on the internet, to protect ourselves from this sort of thing from happening. Although we may not have complete control, we should always keep in mind that at any given moment, something in our past may become public information. Although these sorts of photos, found on social media sites aren’t looked at as a resume or official document of a person, they are still looked at as a resemblance of a person, and that should be taken into serious consideration. This could and does happen to anyone, so being aware and coming off as a normal human that makes mistakes is probably one of the best ways of getting through this sort of debacle. By addressing the issue, Ball has made the appropriate response.
In response to Maura’s post on the White House Gaggle - Dee Dee Myers holds the distinction of being the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary from January 20, 1993 to December 22, 1994 during Clinton’s term as President.
Hey- Group 2! A shift in the media world, from print to pixels.
Howard Kurtz, a three-decade veteran of The Washington Post who came to embody insider Washington media reporting with his weekly column and CNN television show, is leaving The Post for Tina Brown’s news and commentary Web site, The Daily Beast- a online- only news site we have decided (I believe) to cover for our group project.
You can read Kurtz’s own article here or the New York Time’s article here.
This project was fun, until the final steps - importing and editing. I definitely enjoyed being behind the camera, but wish that editing was given more coverage in class.
Having to use Windows Live Movie Maker was very amateurish and did not help me meet my standards I set for myself. There is no voice over option, so no narration (in Windows 7). The video quality also diminished when transferring to Youtube.
When I had planned to go to the DLC, after reserving a computer with iMovie, the importing device was not working correctly, causing extra grief. The workers in the DLC sent me over to a Dell and helped the uploading process from there. I cant blame anyone or anything for this except for computers and technology. But either way I have a finished product and can not wait to begin the next one, which I am determined to use iMovie or Final Cut Pro to make a masterpiece!
While all forms of social media are different, the NyTimes posted this article, praising the networking tool LinkedIn. LinkedIn is actually more than just a place for job seekers to post a résumé and definitely more than just a place for users to post status updates and pictures of their weekend shenanigans. Some people like Ms. Wiseberg (in the NyTimes article) has realized the importance of LinkedIn and being able to climb the corporate ladder and network with 75 million people who use it, in large part, to find jobs or to recruit candidates for jobs.
I have been browsing through some of the online-only news sites that my group is covering for our case studies at the end of the semester and am here to tell you what I am finding interesting in these online news sites.
Obviously, we have chosen to cover TBD but also have been looking at other sites to see how they differ in terms of style, content, presentation, commenting or viewer replies.
We have talked about, as a group and as a class, the way that TBD uses only local news and information. One thing that is great about TBD is the fact that stories and news pieces are updated frequently, and on the same page as the original story, making navigation very easy.
Others, like The Daily Beast, covers more national news, and to me is to me one of the most compelling.
On The Daily Beast’s site, there is a central navigation bar that lists ‘must-reads’ and has a numerical listing of top news stories from all over the place. This is very innovative because when you click on a story from the list, you are taken to that news piece that is, for the most part, a summary or abstract of the actual piece. Following the summary is a list of user comments, which to me is one of the greatest parts of online news: replies and feedback from users.
Making news interactive lets users see what others think of the topic without turning on the television to see ONE single person’s reply. With the comment boxes, readers are able to see different, compelling arguments from all sides and have the chance to reply back with personal opinions. Making the audience as important as the news article is a must for online-only news sites
For anyone looking to use the DLC camcorders or any equipment and need to upload the miniDV to the computers- you can reserve computers at the DLC’s site, by choosing the software you need to use from a drop down box!
As Yuri talked about getting feeds from hundreds of sources at his desktop everyday, I also have a similar way of getting my news and other of-interest journalistic pieces.
One of those ways is by getting breaking news from the Washington Post sent straight to my email as it is being reported. Just a few moments ago, I received an email from the Post informing the public that former President Carter, 85, was a passenger on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Cleveland when he became ill. Upon landing, he was taken off the plane by rescue crews and taken to a Cleveland hospital.
This is great because in between classes or in my spare time I don’t always look at the Washington Post’s website, or any other news site for that matter, but am able to see these links when sending emails or simply when checking my email on a quick whim.
Where activists were once defined by their causes, they are now defined by their tools
This is in response to the article posted on Maura’s blog, Gladwell's argument that social media is no revolution.
Of course it is a revolution. The ways that one person can reach the masses is incredible, due to social media, specifically Facebook, Twitter and other forms of media that are used now to not just send a message but to notify whoever will read what they are writing.
Obviously before the age of computers and newer forms of media, people were forced to communicate by mouth or writing, but that is why it is part of a revolution - it is constantly changing to adapt to the ways of life that are being introduced.
How many people in Iraq and Moldova even have access to the internet let alone their Twitter accounts at any time?
While it is completely obvious in the video posted on Andrew Breitbart’s blog that Shirley Sherrod meant to harm by telling the white farmer to find help from “one of his own kind”, it truly shows the importance of watching your words while in the public’s view and in an industry such as the U. S. Department of Agriculture. On the other hand it shows how direct quotations and parts of direct quotations can be misconstrued to make a valid point.
The clip that Brietbart uses to bring upon his accusations against Sherrod is a two and a half minute clip of what may be an hour of speech. Surely, that is a definite way of reporting, but not if the rest of a segment directly relates to that first segment. Perhaps, a reconciliation or explanation from Sherrod, following the story about a white farmer she once helped? In an effort to make the NAACP look ‘racist’ and more like a left-winger, Andrew Breitbart looks like he forgot to take the appropriate steps before taking such a cheap shot against Sherrod.
Lastly, I find that Sherrod did nothing to beg the black men and women at the NAACP conference to take government jobs to prevent getting fired. That was quick wit on Sherrod’s part and also another misconstrued clipping that caused an uproar in the world of blogging.
So all in all, I agree with Howard Kurtz, Shirley Sherrod deserves an apology.
While catching up on the readings from the weekend on Shirley Sherrod, I found an interesting piece on MSNBC’s ‘Technolog’. Not only do I think the utilization of Facebook and Twitter is a private matter (i.e. you Tweet or you don’t Tweet, no one tells you can or cannot Tweet.) But according to this article, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has recently (an hour ago) undergone a week-long SOCIAL MEDIA ban!
Imposed campus-wide by Provost Eric Darr, who is conducting the experiment as an exercise that will culminate in a survey and students writing essays about their experience, students faculty and staff will have no access to the forms of social media we are used to checking hourly. Darr seems to be concerned with the way we (students) use and social media technology, and not using this as a criticism of the newer forms like Twitter and Facebook themselves.
The idea came to him through watching his 16 year old daughter do a lot of multi-tasking that social media addicts do: clicking around “frenetically” on Facebook while “juggling” several texts and IM conversations on her iPhone.
"I was frankly amazed," Darr said. "I thought, ‘How do you live like this?’ It struck me to think, ‘What if all this wasn’t there?’"
Hotseat is great! I am actually in Chuck Calahan’s class, CDFS 255, and we use Hotseat in every class.
One note though- there are around 200 people in the class. I think that if the problem we are facing in Journalism, New Media and Convergence isn’t something we can get over in class by ourselves, we are not the greatest of communicators.
For instance, Calahan uses Hotseat because we discuss things that a lot of people may not find comfortable voicing opinions about- gay marriage, incestuous topics etc. Therefore, as future writers and having this class be of about 18 students, I think we should be able to figure out a way where we can communicate well and create motivation for people to speak, since we really don’t need to be anonymous about the topics we cover.
On the other hand, if we are looking to use Hotseat to simply raise questions and topics in and outside of class in a quicker paced way than waiting for someone to raise their hand, then yes I think that Hotseat would be useful. Especially since we are in a computer lab- we are able to post things all the time and be able to get faster answers and discussions started quicker! In this sense I believe Hotseat would be a beneficial mode of social media that we could take advantage of and use.
Many people still to this day do not know who the Grateful Dead is or what they have done for the world of music. The band is most commonly known for its live performances of long musical improvisation, and ultimately started what is now known as the jam scene. Founded in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay area, the Grateful Dead have earned some of the most dedicated fans that traveled from show to show, gaining the name “Deadheads.” One such Deadhead, Dennis McNally, the official historian of the band, wrote a book titled “A Long Strange Trip.” In this CSPAN video, author McNally and Senator Patrick Leahy, a self-proclaimed Deadhead, meet at what they call the Grateful Dead Book Party and recall stories about the Grateful Dead that involve prominent Washington politicians.
Although the video is not embeddable, starting at 7:08/28:42 Senator Leahy from Vermont is introduced and begins to tell his story of how he got into the Grateful Dead and eventually met and went backstage with McNally at one of their concerts. While backstage, Leahy received a call from the White House Operator, who asked him to turn his radio down. Leahy replied that he was at a Dead concert, and then was asked if he at least had time to speak to the President for a minute. This was defined as a surreal moment in both Leahy’s and McNally’s life.
One other important instance that reigns throughout the piece is that the Grateful Dead were primarily an apolitical band who had no interest in government campaigning. McNally remembers a time when the late Jerry Garcia (guitarist) was told he should help campaign for the government. Jerry’s response was that he was frightened at the idea that they even knew his name and hid his telephone under his pillow for a week. Although seemingly unresponsive, this was a strange collaboration of music and politics, where the Dead wanted no connection to government, but had support from some members.
This video ultimately captures the experience of the Grateful Dead era from their historian of 20 years, McNally, as well as a Senator in the United States Senate, in a collaboration of print (celebrating McNally’s book), video (C-SPAN videotaping), and voice from the attendees (lobbyists, politicians, friends, and family).
Just a side note: Although the band was very apolitical at the start, after Jerry Garcia’s passing the band became more outspoken with their political beliefs. Before the 2008 election, The Dead performed at a fundraiser to benefit Obama for America.
Convergence: because of the economy and the way the web changes, print and video have converged. Combining efforts to merge resources and create stories together on the web describes what media convergence is.
From the first day I started training at the Exponent, I sometimes find myself lost in the thoughts I have regarding being an actual journalist. It has been a heated debate for a long time now, and simply the only reason Jamal and others in his situation can’t be labeled “journalists” is because they haven’t had any reporters’ training, like I have, or any other Exponent employee, Journal and Courier, South Bend Tribune etc. Having credentials is another bias we deal with when labeling a person a journalist. Saying I am from the Associated Press and saying I am a student with a camera are completely different notions, although I do think what Jamal did was very courageous, and with the instincts of a journalist.
People that simply have a blog- are not journalists! People who update their Twitter regarding their opinion on news topics are not journalists, and people who coincidentally film a newsworthy event are not, by my standards, journalists!