I spent a week or so collecting, sorting, e-mailing, and calling. I’ve spent the past 2 weeks doing interviews. And I ended up with 4 or 5 projects I wanted to write about.
Wait a sec, my posts only come out every other week…
I had two choices: hold onto some projects for next month or do mini-posts on my off-week.
I didn’t want to hold onto things because I’m sure that I’ll be flooded with great new projects next month as well. I was concerned that the inconsistency of the mini-posts – I won’t always have the time or material to do them – would affect the series.
In English: People who write software are invited to send in cool ideas to improve the software that runs I Can Has Cheezburger if we provided API (pronounced AIEE-PEE-AHHH) access to our photos and shtuffs.
In Lolspeak: Fansy pants and shiny fings for nuuuuurrrrds!!!
There are no words. I’m going to be thinking about this for the rest of the week.
A few weeks ago I started following a NY listserve for Flash. I’ve gathered a good number of snippets and learned a lot so far, although I’m still just a lurker. I’m hoping to make it to a meet-up soon.
I haven’t worked my way through all the lectures yet (they are segmented into three and four parts) but what I’ve seen so far is really helping me wrap my head around some of the language theory.
Poynter is hosting another conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Journalism That Matters: Adapting Journalism to the New News Ecology
The conference will take place March 1 – 4, 2009.
The New News Ecology means new jobs, new tools, new relationships, new
But journalism’s very survival — at least its values and functions — depends
on the ability of news organizations — and citizens — to adapt to a
dramatically evolving landscape.
Where, now, does the news industry end, and begin? As some newsrooms shrink and
morph, what — and where — are the new roles for journalists — and journalism —
in a broader civic sphere? How do we match journalism with the work of
non-profit organizations, government, civic and even advocacy groups . . .
without abandoning its core values and functions to democracy? Is it time for a
national journalism service corp?
Sunlight Labs recently announced Apps for America, a mashup contest to create applications using Sunlight data to “make Congress more accountable, interactive and transparent.”
Sunlight is offering $15,000 as the first prize, and scaled prizes to second, third and honorable mentions.
Entries must be applications that use a host of government information APIs or datasets, including the Sunlight Labs API, OpenSecrets.org API, the FollowtheMoney.org API, the Capitol Words API and other Sunlight APIs and datasets. We also encourage you to use Sunlight’s code libraries, which the Labs recently open sourced.
Adrian Holovaty – Founder, Everyblock.com, Django Project, Aaron Swartz – Director, Watchdog.net, Peter Corbett – iStrategyLabs, Xeni Jardin – BoingBoing.net and Clay Johnson – Director, Sunlight Labs will judge the entries.
Submissions are due on March 31st. Winners will be announced on April 7th.
Somehow, not being in school anymore just makes me more interested in the evolution of curriculum at journalism schools.
No, it’s not a subconscious desire to teach. I’ve not the temperament for that.
But I’ve been collecting information about what’s being taught, perhaps in the hopes that they’ll teach something I don’t know, thereby giving me an excuse to go back to school.
My, that sounds arrogant. But I only mean that I’ve been through the traditional journalism curriculum, took some online media courses and taught myself a hell of a lot in my spare time.
Bryan Murley updated his syllabus for the multimedia course he teaches at Eastern Illinois University.
Most of the syllabus is the same as it was during the last semester, however, I’m spending much more time on audio and video, with lots of repetition and building upon core concepts.
Also, I should note that we’re using Final Cut Express this semester instead of iMovie. I’m done with iMovie until it is more stable and edits audio easier.
Andrew Dunn reports changes to the curriculum at the University of North Carolina, which now requires a class called “Audio-Video Information Gathering.” The UNC curriculum includes specializations choices of Multimedia and Electronic Communication (whatever that is).
This course is a primer on the study of online social networks. We will explore the theory, methods and findings of a growing literature on the topic. We will also explore applications and use cases, particularly in the context of education and library/information services. While online social networks are but a subset of social software, this course should provide you a strong set of fundamentals for exploring the multiple facets of our pervasive online sociality.
The winners have been announced, chosen through three rounds of competition, voting by the YouTube Community, and a panel of journalists from the Pulitzer Center.
The winner is Californian Arturo Perez, Jr., who reported on Camphill California, a community where adults with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together. He will receive $10,000 to travel and do a story in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center.
I remember Bush’s inauguration as a bad day, because my family disagrees with his beliefs and policies. I don’t remember Clinton’s. And before that, I wasn’t paying attention to anything other than my skinned knees.
But I’ve asked around, and no other inauguration has been compared to Woodstock.
The great thing about YouTube is how it creates avenues for discourse.
For the second time, YouTube is hosting the Davos Debates – but this year, whoever uploads the best video response to one of the session questions gets a free ride to Switzerland.
YouTube has partnered with the World Economic Forum to open up debates from this year’s Davos annual meeting. We’re inviting people to record a video answering one of four session questions, and whoever uploads the most original, creative and popular video will win a reporter’s pass and fully-paid trip to Davos at the end of January. Along with that, the best videos received will be played in the relevant sessions to Davos attendees.
Go to http://youtube.com/davos and check out the submissions. Submit your own response. Whether you win or your video is chosen for viewing at Davos doesn’t matter. Getting involved in the discussion does.
Are you confident that global growth will be restored in 2009?
Should company executives have a code of ethics similar to doctors and lawyers?
Will the environment lose out to the economy in 2009?
Will the Obama administration improve the state of the world in 2009?