What feels like a very busy few weeks has kept me off the blogging (and feed reading radar). So in that braindump kind of way, here is what caught my interest before I had to bite the bullet and press the ‘mark all as read’ button.
Colin Mulvany asks ‘do you have a video strategy’ and in a thoughtful post turns it in to a personal question. Reflecting on how he plans to take The Spokesman-Review forward with video he creates a nice reflection on how a strategy can develop. If you want more behind the scenes stuff then have a look at a video, hosted at the Associated Press Photo Managers Association, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s video process. Interesting stuff
Mulvany starts his post with his thoughts on Howard Owens’ strategy for video and the man himself has been busy. He’s set up a new search engine. “MediaGeeks.org, a vertical search engine for media professionals”. Along with Ryan Sholin’s Wired Journalists community, this just adds to number of rEsources out there. There is no excuse to get in to the digital culture. And yes you can learn how to be part of the culture.
Of course anything on Howards blog is worth a read even if it’s just to get your blood boiling for the day. It’s like a daily dose of the journalism equivalent of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal jacket… this is my p&s camera. There are many like it….
As a result of that robust debate, Howard has picked up a troll. On his post about the wired journalists site one Wenalway features large. Very interesting ‘anti-design’ stance from Robert Knilands and it’s nice to see someone have the courage of their convictions by having absolutely no design on his site at all. Rendering most of it unreadable.
But I digress. Howard has been posting quite a bit on developing the role of a journalist. What a journalist needs to get the job done. It’s good stuff, especially when some journos are wondering how they are going to fit it in. Micheal Rosenblum neatly sidesteps the dumbing down defense, neatly advertises his service (well it’s his blog) and claims that all newspapers are moving in to the VJ arena as he answers the concerns of one journalist on the newspaper video list. Its a sensible response to an oft expressed fear but surely we are all stepping in to online video territory; VJ’s too?
But if you are VJ or NJ or OJ or…whatever doing video then Visible Measures may be interesting. I’m sure there are people out there doing the same stuff but this sets up a good benchmark of the kind of things you could do.
Oh and if identity is something that is vexing you then perhaps Steve Klein’s musings on ‘web people’ over at Poynter may strike a chord. (that’s where the duck comes in)
But perhaps the web is the wrong platform. Perhaps Mobile is where we need to be. Matt Buckland has an interesting take on this with a post about mobile and monopolies in Japan.
And thats enough I think. Of course there is loads of interesting stuff I’ve missed but you’ve probably already read it. So next time, instead of leaving it so long, perhaps I should just hubdub and get ahead of myself