So, marking, training and a new macbook pro (warm geek love feeling when I mention it) have kept me busy. I’m catching up with stuff so a few catch up posts to round up all the great stuff I missed.
I see that in my absence the roundup of newspaper video concept has spread. Ian Reeves does <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.pressgazette.co.u
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k/fleetstreet/2007/05/24/expert-eye-the-new-vids-on-the-block/”>a round up on video on the press Press Gazette website which was picked up by a number of people. Brian O’Connell linked to it after a Multi-media news round up of his own noting much of the regional content resembled the stuff happening in the states.
Jeff Jarvis was disappointed with the lack of anything interesting from the UK press and Andrew Grant-Adamson was less convinced of the style of the presentation but agrees with Jeff’s disappointment in the content.
Having kept an eye on this kind of thing for a while I would say there is more cause to be optimistic. Look at how far we have come in such a short space of time.
Speaking of Mr Adamson. He asks a very pertinent question about the commercial value to the MSM of being involved in second life. Personally I think they should be in for no other reason than they are participating in a community. It’s valuable experience in learning how to participate rather than profit. Of course, if Adam Boulton’s Avatar is anything to by, the first hurdle for any mainstream player is to get recognised.
Let’s work on editing our multimedia the way we edit a text story: Omit unnecessary words. Get to the point. If establishing a mood or a scene helps advance the story, then do it. Anything that doesn’t contribute to the actual story you’re telling right now — cut it out.
And if you fancy having a go then there is Mindy’s No fear guide to multimedia skills.
Mindy also pointed out a new blog – Multimedia Reporter – by Ron Sylvester. A good post on audio in particular caught my eye.
Danny Sanchez raised a smile with his new cartoon series. (via Howard Owens).
Howard also has a great post about why all journos should blog which apart from being spot on, means I have to delete a rough post I was working on that said the same thing.
I’ve said it for completely selfish reasons. I want print journalists to GET the web. I want them to understand how the web is different. I want to cure them of their tone deafness to the conversation going on around them.If you blog in the way blogging is meant to be done, you’ll realize these benefits
He’s commenting on a post by Scott Karp at Publishing 2.0 which generated a real torrent of comments for and against.
All good stuff, particularly Bobbie Johnsons rebuttal, but I would still fall back to Howard’s point. It isn’t a replacement for your job, it isn’t a vanity process. It’s about experiencing some of the world you work in.
And on that very subject is a slightly older but no less wiser post from Matt Waite on journalists taking charge of their own development.
I can hear people I know gnashing their teeth already. Why should I do something that costs me time and maybe even money to benefit my employer when I don’t get paid for it? Here’s my response, and it’s two-fold: If you don’t, you run the risk of being first up for layoffs (so you’ll REALLY be uncompensated) and the more skills you have, the better off you are for whatever newspapers evolve into. Or even if they go away completely. Let’s play fantasyland for a second: newspapers collapse, and all that content goes away. Someone is going to step into that void. Let’s pretend it’s Google and Yahoo and MSN. Do you think for a second they aren’t going to want new media skills? That they’ll be impressed with your paper clippings and your stubborn insistence that you can only write a story for a printed publication? Come on. Wake up.
Good place to stop for now I think.