Wednesday, November 28, 2007

You catch the YouTube Debate?

Professor Schwalbe reports: "Two videos that Advanced Online Media students submitted for the YouTube/CNN Republican debate tonight appeared in a article. Check out the second and third entries at (The “nameless poster” is Tiffany Tcheng, whose name appears at the beginning of the video.)For a while, Alex Dowd’s video was one of the “Featured Videos selected by YouTube Editors” in the News & Politics section." I didn't catch the whole show. Any of your videos make it?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cost of Christmas on the Rise

Thought this was a unique way to look at inflation and how the cost of the holidays is on the rise :) Enjoy.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Grey Blackwell, Web cartoonist

Blackwell, who is with the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and one of the groundbreaking online cartoonists, writes: "Are you a fan of the Saturday Night Live 'More Cowbell' sketch with Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken? Then you'll appreciate my 'tribute' entitled 'Butch Davis Needs More Victory Bell.' ... For those of you unfamiliar with the story of the Victory Bell, it's a brass bell that goes to the winner of the UNC-Duke football game each year. Since Duke hardly ever wins, UNC has made it a part of their games, ringing it after each victory. If you'd like to see the original SNL skit, you can find it here."


Bad Kittycat

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One of the benefits of knowing a little html is that you can go into the code and change the title, which was a bit more provocative than I wanted to post here. The contents are perfectly G-rated. Can't vouch for the videos that are promoted when it finishes, though. :-)

Week in Pictures

I'm a sucker for a great photo, and's Week in Pictures highlights the best in photojournalism every week. These pictures are moving and awe-inspiring. They show me what's going on around the world through images, and not just words.

Food on the Campaign Trail

Ever wonder what the presidential hopefuls eat on the campaign trail? Check out this video that I found on

The introductory sentence says it all: "Like everything else on the campaign trail, even the eating is political."

Monday, November 19, 2007

What's your environmental footprint?

With all this talk of parking, here's a website that will help you figure out what your environmental impact is this year.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Writers' Strike Picketer Speaks Out

An insightful yet hilarious opinion about the writer's strike from a Daily Show writer.

I found this on , which is kind of like the Cronkbyte blog for the NY Times.

CNN International to Expand International News Gathering Operations

The Cable News Network (CNN) is taking steps to expands it international news gathering capabilities, and plan to open a bureau in the United Arab Emirates and have new full-time reporters in India and Afghanistan. Earlier this year, CNN ended its relationship with news gathering agency Reuters in order to put that money into its own operations. CNN plans to do more original reporting and then be able to distribute it through and CNN Mobile. Much like Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation's purchase of the Wall Street Journal, large news organizations see premium content as a way to remain relevant in an ever-changing media landscape. The hope is that by having premium content that they will be able to use that content to spread across multiple platforms and cash in on traditional and digital media.

NBC acquires new Internet series 'Quarterlife'

NBC has acquired the rights to a new series that will debut on myspace on November 18. The series, called "Quarterlife", is about "a group of creative 25-year-olds and how their personal lives are described in the blog of the lead character, a would-be writer named Dylan Krieger." The series will be shown in several 8 minute episodes on myspace, and then on the shows website NBC is expecting to be able to show the series in February, once the series has completed its internet run.

Anna Quindlen

Where does Anna Quindlen get her online news? During a lunch with students and staff at the Walter Cronkite School she listed the following sites:

Walter Cronkite Talks to ASU Students

Friday, November 16, 2007

Online Video Sites Courting Striking Writers

The WGA writers strike is still only a few weeks old, and many shows have not gone into repeats yet, but people are saying the internet will be the place that benefits most from this strike. Not only will it benefit from a possible increase in traffic, but also from newer content. The online video site is inviting striking writers to upload their videos to their site. The online video site is offering $5,000 to the highest-rated video from a WGA member. Could it be that the 2007 writers strike will do for the internet, what the last strike in 1988 did for cable television. If writers can find it possible to make a living in online video, it could be a turning point for the entire entertainment industry. Many comedians, such as Will Ferrell, have jumped on the online video bandwagon because of the creative freedom that they have. Writers may soon feel the same thing.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Viral Video

Want to keep a pulse of the latest viral videos?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Video promo for newspaper/online series

Guys: We’re launching a series called Unequal Justice this weekend – in print and online – but to capture the Web audience we launched our Web-exclusive case files Thursday. And heck we couldn’t resist doing a video trailer. Check out the You Tube link down below. Makes me wanna plunk down $9 to go to the cinema, not just $1.50 for the Sunday paper.

Also the series “case files” are at until Saturday night when we redirect that link to the series splash page.

Interested in what everyone thinks of the package and the trailer.

Anthony Moor | Deputy Managing Editor/Interactive | Dallas Morning News |

Friday, November 9, 2007

More News from the FEMA Primetime Players

"FEMA Press Secretary Directed Fake News Briefing, Inquiry Finds" - Washington Post

With the screenwriters on strike and many TV pros on hiatus, FEMA press secretary Aaron Walker may just have a shot at a "best director" nod this year . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Offthebus and Scoop08 join political scene

From Editor & Publisher: NEW YORK Two new citizen journalism sites are offering coverage of the 2008 presidentiral election, according to (OTB) is a project launched by The Huffington Post for the campaign. Arianna Huffington and Jay Rosen of New York University publish OTB.

OTB has a low start up costs of $150,000. Like much of The Huffington Post, the writers will not be paid.

Even though the contributors will not be trained journalists, Huffington says she doesn't expect it to be a free-for-all.

Huffington has made it clear that if someone writes an opinion it can go on the site’s blog. She doesn't expect her correspondents to be completely neutral on campaign issues. She does, however, expect them to be clear when they have a bias.

A similar site for campaign coverage is, which plans to debut this Sunday. The site was created by high school and college students and targets its younger demographic.

One of my newest favorite things to find in my inbox! You can sign up for the bi-monthly newsletter (or visit the website) and get the goods on everything fantasia in Phoenix: bars, boutiques, art happenings, farmers markets, etc-basically all the things that make a city a fun place to live! And the writing is pretty sassy, too, which makes it that much better!

Is Fake News Now the Standard?

With Stephen Colbert out-polling half of the real presidential candidates, it's a decent question. Personally, I wouldn't call it the standard, but I do think it's a lot more compelling in certain ways than some of the TV journalism I've seen lately. Check out what the Los Angeles Times has to say about it . . .

The Music Scene on a SIlver Platter

Check out for all the latest shows/music info around the Valley and a daily updated calendar with photos of the bands, and in time, clips.
And if you're an NPR junkie you can get shows back to 2001 on their website.

Illinois adopts moment of silence law

First amendment at its best? Or at its worst?

Eisner's advice to striking writers: Blame Steve Jobs, not the studios

Eisner's advice to striking writers: Blame Steve Jobs, not the studios...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

YouTube justice?

The Mesa owner of Big Sticks Cigars posted this security video on You Tube after one of the men captured on the tape apparently walked out of the store with a Seiko watch for which he hadn't paid. carried the story and a still photograph from the video, but did not link to the video or embed it. There's a $1,000 reward for information leading to the man's arrest. More than the cost of the watch. Is YouTubing this video dangerous or smart? Journalistic in nature or vigilantism? The same as posting a flier on a street post? This info accompanied the video: "Suspect was driving white 1976-1978 Chevy/GMC Van. License Plate # 329-NFD." Too far? Appropriate?

New-media-valuation formula...

Accroding to the new-media-valuation formula, Andy Samberg of SNL ('I Ran So Far' Digital Video Short) is worth $342 million.

Comprehensive internet news service

For news junkies, check out EINNews. It has news from every country, facts, forums, etc. It is a subscriber service but you can get a free trial. Maybe ASU could get it if we don't have it already.
Their tag reads: a service for global professionals. I really wanted to click on the title that said: Aboriginal Zorba the Greek is a hit on You Tube.

Attention Foodies (and foodie wannabes)

This is the Dining & Wine section of the New York Times Web site. Scroll about halfway down and check out the videos for some yummy dishes.

As someone who is addicted to the Food Network, I found these videos to be equally stimulating on the palate.



Sunday, November 4, 2007

Site offers news about the internet

Internet News

Articles and news about Web searching and Internet use. Includes search tools, online news, email, current awareness tools, and general use. made by Gwen Harris.

Scoping the visuals

Andrew Long, senior news artist for the Republic/azcentral, works with the creators of an information design focused on the Grand Canyon skywalk yesterday. At right is our colleague Elyse -- who reports on the event two posts down from this.

Radiohead distributes album online only

The band Radiohead has done away with the traditional methods of record distrubtion. Their newest album In Rainbows was first released through a website the band set up. Listeners could pay what they felt the album was worth rather than the industry deciding what price to charge for the CD. With over 2.4 million copies 'sold' the album has been a hit, and has set a new standard for content distrubtion that the record companies can't now ignore. The band also didn't use 'mainstream' online outlets like Amazon or iTunes.

For further reading, check out:,8599,1666973,00.html
Here's a quote from the article by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke:
"I like the people at our record company, but the time is at hand when you have to ask why anyone needs one. And, yes, it probably would give us some perverse pleasure to say 'F___ you' to this decaying business model."

Infographics class

The infographics class given by Andrew Long on Saturday was fascinating. Infographics is far more than just adding some pretty elements or charts to a story, it is visual reporting and art combined. Unlike the days when papers just had art departments who were given an assignment to create a picture to go with an existing story, Long is actually a reporter, and must tell a story in a way that the reader understands, and use the elements that the story requires, not just the ones he feels like using. He must abide by all the rules of journalism ethics, including checking his facts and talking to sources. One interesting point he made was that in today's journalistic world, work is often done in teams, so he credits contributors as well as sources, and he has to be careful about visual plagiarism and copyright laws. Long said that an infographics reporter must find new ways of telling stories, and that applies to his web work as well as his print work. One major purpose of infographics is to show what the human eye can't easily see. One way is to show an enlarged cutaway of something, like representing a knee surgery by showing an enlargement of the muscles. There can be infographics gone wrong--either facts weren't checked or, because we share a common visual language, the form doesn't represent what the graphic is supposed to, or the graphic has so many extraneous elements (noise) that its meaning is unclear. Like other reporters, Long has to work on deadline. He has to find the story within the facts and somehow portray that story visually, which is very difficult if the story is emotional rather than just factual. Though he does use charts, maps, and graphs, he has to decide what type they will be and for what purpose--will they represent chronological information showing change over time? Will they show spatial relationships or perspectives? He does try to make everything he does visually appealing, but clarity and truth are more important. Long uses a variety of tools, from Google Earth to ArcInfo to 3d modeling to just sketching. Technology has changed the way newspapers use and see the role of the artist. Humans first began to tell their stories visually and are doing so again. The rule is to show, rather than tell. One example he showed us was very compelling--4 pictures of the govenor, dated 2003-2006, with different sized bubbles around her representing the number of times she addressed certain issues in her speeches. In 2003, for example, the bubble with the word 'education' was very big and 'immigration' very small. In 2006, the sizes were reversed. Mr. Long gave us an assignment in class--to visually tell a story about the Grand Canyon Skywalk. We first had to decide on the story. The quantitative elements (i.e. how much weight can it hold) were only facts--we had to make a real, human story--and then represent it using almost no words. It was hard!! Some of his pointers that would be helpful for any visual reporting are to create a library of images and a list of experts. Also he said the Republic doesn't use Wikipedia as a direct source, but double checks the information with experts. Here are some links he gave the class:
He also has made some great stuff for the web, which you can see by going to AZ Central and looking for Sunscard and municipal indicators.

Writers' Strike

The Writers Guild of America is preparing to strike after they were not able to reach a deal with the studios over compensation from DVD sales and "new media" distribution. The writers feel that the studios are making money through other distribution channels and are not receiving an adequate payout for their work. It is a sign of the change in the media landscape. Movie and TV studios have been trying to gain a foothold on the internet and mobile phones, and have seen a sharp increase in revenues over the last few years. The money that they have brought in has been substantial, but small in comparison to the older forms of distribution. They are hoping that the money that they bring can compensate for various losses in shares in older media, and do not what to share any of the profits yet that they have received through web and mobile distribution.

In the mean time, certain shows will halt production, such as the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, Leno, Letterman, Conan and Kimmel. Then daytime shows like the View, Regis will halt production in the next week or so. Other scripted shows will run into the beginning of next year, but then will be forced to stop production if a deal isn't settled in the next few months.

Hollywood is taking a big chance by allowing this to happen. With declining audiences to begin with, people may turn away from the TV and find other forms of entertainment to fill their time, and may not come back in the same numbers. Look no further than the National Hockey League, who went on strike 3 years ago. The sport is now an afterthought because people found other things to do with their time. You take something away, and sometimes people won't come back.