Monday, February 26, 2007

Audio Slide Show examples

Here is a simple one from the New York Times. Notice the audio quality isn't great (most of ours won't sound perfect either). The subject of this slide show is the only one narrating. You can choose this approach or I will also post an example where the reporter's voice in in the narration also. The piece only runs about 1 1/2 minutes. There are simple captions under the photos. Notice how one of the photos includes the sign of the dog business. There was a story about finding your dream career that was related to this slide show. I'll be posting other examples soon. If you come across any you would like to share - please let me know!

Newspapers and video

New York Magazine columnist Kurt Anderson had a piece on how some newspapers are embracing streaming video over their Websites - some, like the New York Times, experimenting - with some that work and some not so much. Take note of how magazine giant " Time Inc. just announced a new “studio” to develop Web video." Lots of future jobs in this area!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Blogs, blogs, blogs

I've noticed the mention of blogs more and more in the stories linked from Romensko's media blog -- what at first was not considered journalism or worthy of attention, blogging is now getting a lot of chatter in media circles. One of the stories linked today from the site is about how 45% of NYU undergrads read blogs - mostly of the entertainment/gossip genre.

P.S. - I've mentioned Romensko's site in class - it's worth following if this is the business you want to get into - it's filled with stories about what is happening in the industry - gossip, news, etc.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Blog your debt away

The New York Times has a piece yesterday on people who blog about their debt - how much they have, how they are trying to pay it off, etc.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

No more wikipedia

UVM has said that students can not use Wikipedia as a cited source for papers. They're not banning it completely - because as we talked about in class, some of the wikipedia entries footnote credible sources, which you can seek out on your own and possibly use in your work.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Promoting your blog

Where is everybody? It can be a bit discouraging, when you are writing post after post on your blog, but don’t see anyone commenting on your prolific witty and knowledgeable writings. There are many blogs out there that got off to an enthusiastic start, but slowly fizzled because the writer wasn’t sure if anyone was reading and gives up. The best course is to just to keep plugging away. Write and write and write. It is good discipline and you will grow as a writer, even if no one, but your best friends or parents, are reading you. If you feel you are starting to find a voice, and you are writing regularly, you might want to think about getting your blog “out there” a bit more. There are a few ways to plug in to the blogosphere. One is to link to other blogs on your site and then read them on a regular basis. When you click on the link from your blog into theirs, they may notice you if they are following their referrer links (some blogging programs allow bloggers to see how much traffic they have and where it is coming from). Some of these blogs, may in turn, put up a link back to you, driving their readers over to your site for a visit. To be more involved, start commenting on these other blogs to join the conversation. To find other blogs in your topic area, see below **

Another option is Google. Share your url address with Google and they may add it to their vast index. This means when people type in certain words during a search, your blog may turn up as one of the links. Go to this page to learn more about this: You can also submit your blog address to Blogwise – here is their page on how do to it.

But the purpose of our assignment is not to become the most popular blog or build high traffic. The point is to be "out there" with your voice, improve your writing, and possible connect or tap into a community that exists in the blogosphere. Good luck!
** Finding other blogs. There are a few blog directory/search engines out there. Google has one, there is Blogwise, and Tecnhnorati

Sunday, February 11, 2007

All of me - online

There is an interesting piece in New York Magazine this week about how the "younger" generation are comfortable exposing their personal lives -via words, photos, video on the Internet. I thought this was going to be another story with a "young people post risque pics on the Internet" angle - and there is some of that, but it goes deeper into privacy issues, generational shifts in communcation tools, approaches. Please take the time to read this week and I would love to hear what everyone thinks of the piece. While I'm more cautious about how much information some people are putting out there - I do love how creative some of these kids/young adults are. And I don't think that all of them who are claiming they won't have any regrets when they're "older" may necessarily feel that way 10, 15 years from now - but who knows?

Friday, February 09, 2007

More music

We have another musician in our midst in addition to Glenn - here is a post by Dani with a clip of her singing (hard to see her, but it sounds great!)

Politics and blogs

We were talking in class a bit back about the next presidential election and the Internet - today the New York Times has a piece about John Edwards and his decision to keep two liberal feminist bloggers on his campain staff - the risk is that their freewheeling postings may draw him some heat later down the road.

Monday, February 05, 2007

The advertising business

For those of you interested in working in advertising - digital skills are the way to go. A recent article in the Boston Business Journal profiles Arnold Worldwide (based here in Boston) and how

"had cut 40 jobs, some of which were culled from veteran creative ranks. Arnold said the layoffs were made to 'get ready for the future.'"

But how

"In the same statement, the agency said it planned to add nearly 30 interactive jobs."
This is you guys!

There' s more:
"Arnold's layoffs were termed a direct "weeding out" of staff that were not
evolving, according to one Arnold insider: "They went in and they took
inventory (of the staff). It's causing a huge rift through the company --
there's old school and new school. The whole industry is convulsing right

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Restaurant bloggers

Today's New York Times profiles some restaurant bloggers who make noise online about their likes and dislikes in the NYC restaurant scene - some of the bloggers profiled include Restaurant Girl, and Eater

Student blog highlights

Some more highlights from various blog postings of your classmates. Erin's bank card was one of the ones stolen in the TJMaxx/Marshalls computer data scandal - she writes about it here.
Adam was asked (I'm assuming by his newspaper) to come with new ideas of how to cover sports online- here are his thoughts. Danielle, who is blogging about art, writes about an upcoming Jackson Pollack exhibit at Boston College.