Archives for May 2008
Ira Glass, from This American Life, on telling stories.
I’d only once previously considered the Korean progressive rock scene. A ‘salaryman’ aquaintance of mine took me out for a beer in Seoul as Korean salarymen are known to do. The coversation drifted around the usual Korean niceties; marriage, religion, "cultural differences" etc. Then I asked him what his hobby was, what he really liked in life. He replied, totally deadpan, "70’s progressive rock." At the time I sniggered a bit in the politest way I could, but now… well, maybe it’s age thing, but after digging around a bit I’m coming around to his way of thinking Thanks due to Fraser for inadvertent memory jolting.
“The last thing The Guardian allows now is really decent conversation”… Hmmm… well, yeah. But, I’m not sure any newspapers do. This whole model needs to be re-evaluated for JOURNALISM – all the rest is pwaahhh and there’s too much pwaahhh.
Truong Quoc Huy, 25, has been held since 18 August 2006 for using the Internet to try to “overthrow the government.”
Introducing the Global Voices Online video channel for citizen media videos.
An unidentified flying object crashed on Phu Quoc island Tuesday. From the debris, authorities suspect it to be an airplane but in the absence of markings on them or the remains of passengers, no firm conclusions have been made.
With dispatches, we aim to provide crucial human and historical context… You will find fresh facts and insights which others have missed; a healthy newsgathering environment. But we won’t trumpet “scoops” and “exclusives."
A new quarterly, a current affairs journal in print rather than online. The first issue, "In America," features essays by Paul Theroux, John Kifner, Muzamil Jaleel, Samantha Power, photographs by Antonin Kratochvil, illustration by Gerald Scarfe.
I had made my existence so public in such a strange way, and I wanted to take it all back, but in order to do that I’d have to destroy the entire internet. If only I could! Google, YouTube, Gawker, Facebook, WordPress, all gone.
Au Comptoir at 65 Jean Jaures, Toulouse. Seems to be becoming a habit to start the day in here.
Here’s an interesting wee journalism project from a bunch of students from the University of Maryland in the US. Lucinda Fleeson, one of the teachers on the course, explains the whys and wherefores of sending a bunch of studes to Hanoi to learn how to do journalism,
We assigned students several objectives beyond the already daunting
mission to find, report and deliver a piece of international
journalism. They had to quickly learn how to work with an interpreter
while navigating cultural differences and foreign territory. We wanted
students to work in pairs to learn about storytelling in other mediums,
as well as to participate in both the glory and frustrations of a group
project. The students brought an arsenal of varied skills, including
print, on-line, video, photography and radio experience.
Fantastic learning opportunity and I can certainly vouch for Hanoi being a great place to do it. An attractive website is the result and if I’d ever been a student of journalism I’d have been mega-glad if this were a part of my course. However, where be the links, permalinks and datelines?
I can’t tell from the articles when these reports were made, only the "Copyright © 2008" in the footer gives that away, if not the month. There are no links to supporting information at all in the articles. According to the staff bios Michael Williams is an associate professor and "new media pioneer" – so where are the permalinks to articles, links within articles, comment boxes, Flickr galleries, YouTube videos, Wikimapia for the old town?
There are a few interesting audio slots and some snazzy use of slideshows within articles, but without links this is so much less than it could be. As if to prove my point, the only way I discovered this site – ‘cos there’s no way Google is gonna find it without any links – is by sifting through the del.icio.us feed for Vietnam tags which brought me to the account of jeffwacther and his Vietnam bookmark(s)
Come to think of it, why didn’t all the students have del.icio.us accounts before they set off? Such a shame that, could have been so much more. A great idea, not fully realised.
Good wee, well presented guide to different ways of using Twitter.
Interesting live blogging tool. Although I guess it’s aimed at those who don’t already have a blog. or those who don’t want to clutter up their blog with live blogging stuff. May try it on the iPhone – halfway between Twitter and a full blog. Kindaish.
Clear video explanation on how to find and use Creative Commons licensed images on the photosharing site Flickr.
America’s last lighthouse keeper