Catching up with the times

It’s difficult to remember life before the Internet. Well, I actually got a taste of it every time I went over to my parents’ house. You see, until I recently took action, it was a non-wired zone. Yes, not be able to log-on caused great pain for me. The installation of a wireless router catapulted my parents into the digital [&hellip

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iPhone photography

A follow-up to my previous post about a Miami reporter who used an iPhone to tape an entire news story. In a recent Al’s Morning Meeting memo, Al Tompkins writes about a St. Petersburg Times photojournalist who shot a weekend magazine feature. Melissa Lyttle took the photos, noting on the Times’ photo blog that “the best camera is the one [&hellip

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The “older” face of Facebook

Where will the “young” crowd go now that Facebook is attracting an “older” generation of users? Will they bolt for a hipper social networking site; one where adults aren’t allowed? New research indicates that users of Facebook, which once only allowed college students to join, are getting much older. And, at a very fast rate. Analytics company iStrategyLabs has examined [&hellip

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Twitter imposters

You knew it wouldn’t take long for pranksters to start creating Twitter accounts using the names of well-known companies or high-profile figures. As The Chronicle of Higher Education reported, some Twitter users who thought they were following college presidents have been duped. Celebrities, as you might expect, are also being impersonated on Twitter. One microblogger, claiming to be Georgetown’s president, [&hellip

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YouTube offers pointers for citizen journalists

For all those folks who want to be citizen journalists, YouTube has launched the Reporters’ Center, a channel with pointers from journalism pros, including Katie Couric and Bob Woodward. With the explosion of new media and technology, we’re seeing average citizens turning into roving reporters, snapping up videos and photos of newsworthy events as they unfold. CNN’s iReport is the [&hellip

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How did you first hear about Michael Jackson’s death?

How did you first hear about the death of Michael Jackson? From TV or one of your favorite online newspapers sites? Odds are you might have received the first word about the death via a social networking site such as Twitter. The news spread like wildfire online. The tweets from those that I follow began to make mention of the [&hellip

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Bloggers vs Mainstream Media

While most blogs remains relatively unknown, there’s little denying nowadays that a number of high-profile bloggers are getting noticed – and not just in the blogosphere. For example, Huffington Post and Instapundit are two blogs that are actually challenging the mainstream media. Not only are these blogs attracting more and more readers, newsmakers now consider them legitimate sources of news. [&hellip

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Flying solo in the field

2009 A follow-up to my last blog post about one-man-band reporting, which isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, since it’s becoming more of the norm, reporters who are used to having a photographer are now trying to navigate flying solo. Especially, when it comes to breaking news. I recently came across a write-up from The Coaching Company with tips [&hellip

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A new way to one-man-band report: the iPhone?!

2009 For news videographers who remember the days of shooting stories on film, an article I recently came across might have your head spinning. A producer at WFOR, the CBS affiliate in Miami, taped an entire story the other day using his iPhone. That’s right, his iPhone! No, the footage wasn’t grainy, but rather broadcast quality. Wow. Even though this [&hellip

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Think before you Tweet

2009 Perhaps someone needs to write a guide for the correct conduct when posting tweets. We’ve heard about netiquette. What about Twittiquette? Twitter and other social media are powerful tools for spreading your voice and connecting with folks around the world. But, in certain circumstances, “think before your tweet.” Not everything that crosses your mind is appropriate for the microblog. [&hellip

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