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  • Surprise Toronto transit strike tests local media « Breaking News
    at its disposal Sad to say they appear to have been caught flat footed by the sudden strike and dropped the ball at least on their web coverage You can see that they made some efforts they ve got up to date video on their home page and a pair of decent late night early morning stories The news and the reaction that appear to have drawn on the reporting of a half dozen staffers When I looked this morning the web fed me stories staff had filed at 4 30 a m although I presume their web staff had been filing all along And they ve gathered the stories onto a topic page their Transportation page and made sure to link to the previously prepared Strike Survival Guide all good stuff But the video is a CP video not staff Good job by CP by the way proof that their video camera in every reporters hands and centralized editing is paying dividends And while they had a blog page devoted to the TTC strike I m sure part of their earlier preparation when a strike seemed very possible it wasn t linked to until later in the morning and offered no breaking news coverage of the surprise strike The blog page picked up later Saturday morning but at that point it really seemed too little too late If I had spent 2 hours walking home because of the strike and once home checked thestar com to see what was going on I would not have gotten the sense that they felt that something big had happened What about a video or two What about photos a gallery Globe and Mail Kudos to the print team at the Globe which used to be known for early deadlines and a disdain for anything as plebian as breaking news When I picked up my paper at 5 am they not only had the TTC strike on page one they had the Mayor s comments and promise to push for back to work legislation which mean they held their local press run until well after midnight On the web they did less well I suppose they deserve some points for trying They did produce a post strike TTC riders reactions video but the quality was abysmal sign that videographer up for Backlighting 101 and that s saying a lot coming from a good enough is good enough evangelist like me The paper launched a blog which ran for about an hour between midnight and 1 am and seemed to be either scraps from reporters notebooks or bits of the story they were about to file The Globe also did the right thing by soliciting photos videos and stories from readers in a pretty prominent front page link but at 5 15 am there was nothing apart for a long list of union bashing comments from readers most of whom didn t seem to live in Toronto or the GTA I guess the Globe

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=43 (2014-10-09)
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  • How to produce professional-looking video reports online, on the cheap « Breaking News
    media Home Brits create The Churner Prize How to produce professional looking video reports online on the cheap By Bill on April 21st 2008 O ne of the most common complaints I get from students who get all fired up about doing video for the web is but we don t have any equipment and there s no way my boss is going to spend thousands of dollars The truth is you don t need a 5 000 Sony or Cannon HD video camera if you already have a modestly up to date Dell or Apple computer you can start producing good looking web video for a tiny fraction of what you d spend on one of those pro video cams Last October I produced my Going Digital Without Going Broke guide to give people an idea of the kinds of free or inexpensive software and hardware options they could turn to I m updating the guide now and hope to have a new version out in a week or two but in the meantime here s a short and useful video from the Poynter org s Al Thompkins covering the same territory Look for links to the software and

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=44 (2014-10-09)
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  • Brits create The Churner Prize « Breaking News
    Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes How to produce professional looking video reports online on the cheap Home Lessons from WebU Brits create The Churner Prize By Bill on April 15th 2008 Nobody enjoys mockery or as they put it taking the piss out of someone as do the Brits and now it s the British press s turn The Churner Prize has sprung up setting its sights on the british press churnalists in their words Clearly written by member s of the press there the site explains itself this way Why Journalists are becoming churnalists Denied the time money and resources to do the job properly many hacks now churn out stories without checking facts or sources But it s not their fault and the best worst churnalism is worth celebrating So So we ve created The Churner Prize We ll post examples of churnalism on this site and regularly award The Churner Prize to the most deserving recipients Think Frank Magazine focussed solely on pointing out the failures of the British press with a certain wit and style And their darts seem very well aimed for the most part pointing out the ways we rip off each other or are manipulated by public relations experts They ve even awarded themselves a Churner Prize after an acerbic reader took one of their posts to task for hypocrisy I pass it along for three reasons You might find it amusing if occasionally cringe inducing It s a interesting example of the new pamphleteering that blogging tools have given birth to I learned about them because they started following me on Twitter the micro blogging tool This last point is an example of an emerging aspect of web publishing attention as a form of currency

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  • The Oscars – the last of the common cultural appointments? « Breaking News
    versus videos what do readers want The Oscars the last of the common cultural appointments By Bill on February 25th 2008 My old former boss Kirk Lapointe used a New York Times piece to poke around in the meaning of the Oscars as a cultural event Sunday s New York Times featured a David Carr argument that the Oscars remain one of our last collective cultural appointments but today his defence is wearing a little thin Maybe we re witnessing the end of yet another societal bond Read the rest of his post here Kirk suggests the Oscar show itself and the Olympics are ripe for decline and in need of a digital facelift The Oscars the last of the collective cultural appointments An interesting take on the event and I share Kirk s hinted at nostalgia regret that our society has so few of these common communal events that bind us together A couple of quick thoughts One uncaptured by most mainstream media was a really interesting series of conversation happening live across the net about the Oscars on Twitter the sms like micro blogging tool that s all the rage among the technocenti People were chatting about the gowns the hair the musical acts with their twitter followers most of whom they ve never met in real life just as if they were sitting in the same room and sharing the same bowl of popcorn Here the digital age was knitting the Oscar s remaining audience more closely together even as it was fragmenting it And Two While we seem to be losing our common cultural appointments e g last night s Ed Sullivan show or that amazing photo on the back page of Life magazine this month I wonder if in fact those common cultural appointments have

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=56 (2014-10-09)
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  • Blogs/blogging « Breaking News
    something write in the Continue reading How to create a blog for your paper magazine or show NOW January 7th 2008 Category Blogs blogging Tips Comments are closed I ll be blogged By Bill on March 9th 2007 It was frustrating at times but at the end of a Web U week I ve created a blog that illustrates all the limits of the idea I had for it And perhaps some of the promise too Check it out bjohnston blogspot comIt was really useful to try to actually apply a concept for a blog The challenges were far more about a workable concept than about how technically to get it up and running How big or small a focus should this have Who might use it What would bring them to the site or bring them back Is there Continue reading I ll be blogged March 9th 2007 Category Blogs blogging Comments are closed how much do we pay By Bill on March 1st 2007 So you buy a bottle of wine from the LCBO Pay maybe 12 14 But how much is it really worth We all have bought into the idea that it s OK to pay high taxes on booze because that funds our expensive government social programs and keeps taxes off or lower on things like milk and children s shoes And of course drinking is a luxury not a necessity But strip away those taxes and what would pay The money that Ontario pockets from your purchase is multi layered They start with what they actually pay from the bottle to arrive here Continue reading how much do we pay March 1st 2007 Category Blogs blogging Comments are closed The best wine ever By Bill on February 28th 2007 A test for a new

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  • Breaking News: The Top 5 mistakes newspaper make when news happens « Breaking News
    another few minutes those photos and some videos too began to appear online peppering people s twitter streams and landing with a splash into assorted photo pools The city s major place blogs BlogTo and Torontoist responded quickly posting photos pulled from their Flickr photo pools or sent to them by their readers The posts were empty of traditional reporting they repeated what they and their audience could see and what they could cull from the mainstream media They didn t call up authorities race to the scene interview residents They simply and swiftly joined the conversation their city was having about that hour s biggest news And the newspapers How did they respond Mostly by falling flat on their face The nation s three largest newspapers are headquartered mere blocks from the blaze and they blew it While The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun all posted reports of the fire within 20 30 mins with some bare bones information they were much slower off the mark than the twitter streams place blogs etc To be frank the photos they used to illustrate this breaking news story were uniformly boring There s some important lessons in our newspaper response to breaking news I ve been tracking and blogging about this very particular issue since the propane explosion here in Toronto two years ago and while I can see some small improvements by and large the big players are showing they haven t figured out the new world of news Here are the Top Five Breaking News Mistakes Mainstream Media Makes 5 Waiting for your reporters to report that s mid game stuff phase two and three of your breaking news coverage Phase one is curating the conversation all those witnesses are having right now on twitter on facebook flickr etc Curate that conversation amplify the best images and voices by lending them your platform 4 Begging for content as news is breaking That s too late Sure now that something is actually happening you realize you need us But where were you when I had that great shot of the heron fishing in the local creek or fog rolling through the financial district as dawn broke Don t wait for news to break Create a Flickr photo pool see Tips below and invite readers to submit photos every day and then USE THEM It s a conversation and it s your turn to listen Do this and you won t even have to ask when the tornado hits 3 Ghetto izing or worse not using readers content it s not infectious it won t hurt you so put it in your main news holes If it s good enough to publish it s good enough to go in the same spot your staff work goes in See 4 2 Applying the old rules the game has changed When 10 or 20 per cent of the populace has access to the same or better communication

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=263 (2014-10-09)
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  • Newspapers: Stop chasing yesterday’s readers « Breaking News
    outrun And make no mistake we re being outrun Even though the latest version is clearly better than it s predecessors and will improve workflows throughout the newsroom most especially by making it trivially easy to publish stories images and videos to the web it is nonetheless outdated long before it s launched It s just too big It just does too many old things Its makers just have too much invested in its old code base Just how outdated In 2003 when my paper began researching new Content Management Systems looking to replace the aging Quark system there were about 14 cell phone subscriptions for every 100 people in Canada High speed internet was available to about 64 out of every 100 Canadians By the time we began our first installation of the new system last summer high speed access was available to more than 90 percent of Canadians but personal computer sales were stagnating Cell phone sales have been on a rocket ride to the moon more than quadrupling over that same period with 64 subscriptions for every 100 Canadians New research from the Global Telecoms Insight Study 2010 estimates that as many at 55 per cent of all Canadians will purchase a new cell phone this year and a large number of these as many as 30 per cent will be smart phones capable of web surfing email text messaging photo and video recording and stream music gaming mapping and travel directions and a host of location aware services delivered over the phone You can see it s not really a phone it s a computer one that is just about as powerful as the desktop machines we were all using back when we began looking for a new content management system We re moving at head

    Original URL path: http://www.billdunphy.ca/?p=199 (2014-10-09)
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  • CMS « Breaking News
    2008 November 2007 October 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Blogroll Development Blog Documentation DreamHost Blog Plugins Suggest Ideas Support Forum Themes Newspapers Stop chasing yesterday s readers By Bill on March 17th 2010 Why are we always aiming at yesterday s readers I ve spent the better part of the past year and a half building and installing a sprawling content management system at one of our larger

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