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  • Breaking News
    well think our campaign coverage sucks and it s nobody s fault but our own Our horse race approach to election coverage yields a diet of news that is shallow misleading and quite often ends up being just plain wrong Meanwhile critical issues about power and policy about right and wrong and often about life and death go unexamined unreported and so remain out of the public sphere precisely at the moment when the public has a voice in those issues and desperately needs information It s not a new complaint and it s one often voiced by members of the political press themselves but Rosen s piece goes deeper than complaining and takes a run at explaining what seems like mindless behaviour we all know it s wrong but we do it over and over and over By mindless I generally mean No one s in charge or the process is Conventional forms thrive even if few believe they work Routines master people The way it s been done chooses the way it shall be done Rosen points to some of the usual reasons fear of missing the story arrogance believing we have some special expertise or knowledge about politics and a convergence of judgement among journalists on the campaign trail But then he makes an insightful addition to our understanding of the problem we focus so much on pre empting the voter s decision because it s the only safe thing to do the only easy way we can maintain our distance from the process and cling to our much vaunted objectivity Click to continue reading February 13th 2008 Category Journalism Comments are closed How to build a successful local news web site Hint Don t start with your newspaper By Bill on January 29th 2008 In an article written for Harvard s Nieman Reports special issue on Local News Richard Anderson founder of the award winning Village Soup web sites argues that most newspapers get it all wrong when they go on the web because they think of the site as a performance a stage show while his community host model combines that show with something like a trade show floor where everyone can gather to share ideas browse and buy Here s Richard The conventional community newspaper approach to going online is analogous to an event production just as a star performs on stage reporters Continue reading How to build a successful local news web site Hint Don t start with your newspaper January 29th 2008 Category Advertising Journalism Tips Comments are closed How to create a blog for your paper magazine or show NOW By Bill on January 7th 2008 So you want to try blogging NOW Don t want to wait for our over burdened digital media folks to get around to implementing or building out blogs for your paper using our TOPS and TED system Outsource it That s what the Spec The Record and The Mercury are doing They re all using

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  • Breaking News
    copy here Y ou don t need dedicated A V technicians a 5 000 High Definition video camera and a 10 000 editing suite to do multi media on the web Advances in video and audio technology mean not only is high quality audio and video well within the reach of most budgets the skill sets needed are well within the reach of any interested person Heck as YouTube and MetaCafe and Blip tv proves these days a 14 year old with the family handycam and home computer can create the kind of video it used to take a roomful of professionals to produce So What do you need to start producing your own sound and slide shows podcasts or videos Not an awful lot A word of caution These are recommendations The specific products we mention aren t your only choices by any means you should seek and take the advice of our IT staff and buyers The key here is not the specific product but the capabilities of each You can spend an awful lot more than we re recommending and get higher quality software and hardware that gives you more options and abilities and produces a higher quality product But we re being guided by the good enough philosophy of the Newspaper Next program As well as the fail fast and fail cheap part of that philosophy If you get the equipment we re recommending or similar products you ll be able to get multi media on the web fairly quickly fairly cheaply with the staff on hand especially if any of them are WebU grads Read the rest of the WebU Guide to Going Digital Without Going Broke after the jump Bill Dunphy Click to continue reading October 30th 2007 Category Journalism Tech Tips Comments are closed On line news readers read more words per story than print readers By Bill on October 28th 2007 I m not sure how I missed these results before A major eye tracking study has found that readers of online news actually read more words in those stories that catch their eye than do their print counterparts I ll try and dig up a link to that study but in the meantime here s an interview with Pegie Stark Adam co director of Eye Track 2007 Got it Clicking here will give you a pdf of the Poynter org s report Stark Adam says this study conducted July Nov 2006 with 600 people reading 4 US newspapers and 2 US online newspaper websites was a repeat of Continue reading On line news readers read more words per story than print readers October 28th 2007 Category Journalism News Comments are closed People s needs change daily so why don t we By Bill on October 20th 2007 Spending five days a week locked in a big glass walled room with a dozen or so newspaper people arguing our future you re bound to learn something new every day Today it came

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  • Breaking News
    do they know I was here at 8 15 a m we get underway at 9 so bleah I m outta here after this post Look ya want me to blog I can only be my natural aggravating self Anyway things got interesting this afternoon when Bill Dunphy gave us a blogging lesson I already blog at The Record and figured I d only pay cursory attention OK that s true Continue reading Well they let me back in March 27th 2007 Category News Comments are closed New Blogger By Bill on March 27th 2007 As a way of introducing myself this is my first blog post at the advanced age of 47 Let try using some of the tools and connections mentioned by webman Bill Dunphy Suppose we start with a web link such as the strobist a photo site for creative use of your camera flashes If your looking for contemporary photo topics and issues check out PDN Shall we insert an email address as we learn more about the world according to blog Send all your opinions to me At this time I ll insert a photo onto the page from Continue reading New Blogger March 27th 2007 Category News Comments are closed My first WebU post By Bill on March 27th 2007 It s day two locked in this airless hellhole deep in enemy Go territory and I m alive I m pretty sure For a news guy like me it s damn tough being surrounded by so many people with smiles on their faces new products on their desks and celeberty gossip on their lips But actually all that s outside the WebU bunker arrayed around it like row upon row of green and friendly tank traps Inside WebU I feel a lot more at home People are hunched and scowling pounding their keyboards and screaming into phones at recalicitrant police officials and hapless bureaucrats Continue reading My first WebU post March 27th 2007 Category News Comments are closed A Waterloo Region visitor By Bill on March 26th 2007 And they ve got me working School shouldn t be work But seriously this is fun And the only way to learn and brush up on skills I m Karlo Berkovich associate editor online at The Record and I m here to pick up tips I ve learned a lot since I took my job moving over from being sports editor on Sept 5 06 I d been blogging before that and posting some breaking news so moving to the web fulltime as essentially a coordinator between the newsroom and the web centre techies seemed a natural fit I now do tons of breaking news Continue reading A Waterloo Region visitor March 26th 2007 Category News 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

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    is a sensory thing so a lot of factors affect how much you enjoy it are you happy or angry relaxed or tense tired or perky My honest answer for the wine I ve enjoyed best and still remember the experience some 25 years later is a restaurant carafe of Castelli Romani I ve had it numerous times since and it s always a useful and affordable restaurant carafe wine Continue reading The best wine ever February 28th 2007 Category Blogs blogging Comments are closed Web U scores a coup By Bill on February 9th 2007 We did a lot this week Most importantly we learned Roger s middle name No I won t Ask him The second most important thing that happened is the first week of Web U coincided with the highest ever traffic to our website Coincidence I think not That s the challenge for students to come Match those numbers They re posted on the bulletin board inthe Web U campus and the plan is to post them week to week to see how each class does We did video we did audio but for us the week was mostly about news and we did a lot Continue reading Web U scores a coup February 9th 2007 Category News Comments are closed How to Present Video By Bill on February 9th 2007 From the Poynter Org s E media blog comes a pointer to what looks to be a fabulous use of web tech to produce potentially engaging journalism at the WashingtonPost com One of the brains behind this is Rob Curley the guy who created Chicago Crime on his own merging Google Maps with police crime reports and if I recall right the Lawrence Kanasas family of sites LJ World etc before moving on to the Post http specials washingtonpost com onbeing This new subsite of the Post is well worth the visit if only to see the gorgeous useful interface they ve developed for presenting what is essentially Continue reading How to Present Video February 9th 2007 Category Journalism Comments are closed First Spec Web U blog By Bill on February 7th 2007 It s week one of Web U No hazing so far Although sending Roger Tahir and I out to the waterfront in 30 C weather to shoot video might qualify News now has never looked better although there was a small glitch when an overconfident student wiped out the entire contents No problem we had it back in no time Just another learning experience Bill is now going on about blogs Bill is now enlightening us in a witty and educational manner as per ususual Rick student Continue reading First Spec Web U blog February 7th 2007 Category News Comments are closed Promiscuous bookmarking By Bill on February 7th 2007 One of the most popular web innovations of the past year has been Social bookmarking Imagine you could free your web bookmarks from your browser and store them out on the

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