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Archives: March 2010

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  • Some Look to iPad, Other Tablets to Revive Long-Form Journalism – FishbowlNY

  • Robots Are Taking Over Sports Journalism – MediaJobsDaily
  • Lit Agent, Harvey Klinger Wants Strong Women’s Fiction – GalleyCat
  • ProPublica Attempts to Connect Struggling Homeowners, Local Journalists – WebNewser
  • NPR.org, Nelson and Rehm Snag Peabody Awards – FishbowlDC
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    Blond Leading The Blind | FishbowlLA Meets Jabba The Slut | YouTube Gets A Makeover

    PRNewser: Publicist Susan Blond demonstrates why elevator operators and door men are better than husbands. And not just in terms of elevator sex.

    FishbowlLA: The brave souls at FishbowlLA decided to give Chatroulette a whirl. Improper spelling and requests for boob shots abounded, which makes us wonder if there’s any real difference between this and dating in New York.

    Mashable: YouTube is going to look different from now on. Comments of “lol this is gaay no ofense” will remain.

    The Post: Ohio University President Roderick McDavis granted tenure to journalism professor Bill Reader even though others in the administration thought he was sort of a dick and accused him of carving the words “truth” and “comfort” into his arms and threatening them. Reader denies these allegations.

    Joe Pompeo Leaves The New York Observer For Business Insider

    Joe Pompeo is leaving his post as managing editor of the New York Observer for the Business Insider, where he’ll help staff their media news blog, “The Wire.” There, he’ll join another former Observer writer, Gillian Reagan.

    Henry Blodget, Business Insider‘s editor in chief and CEO (and one half of the great Twit Fit of 2010), was uncharacteristically succinct when asked about the new hire by the Village Voice: “World domination! Thrilled to have Joe.”

    David Mills, Journalist and Writer of Acclaimed TV Dramas, Dies at 48

    david-mills03312010.jpgDavid Mills, newspaper reporter turned writer for acclaimed TV dramas, died Tuesday of a brain aneurysm. He was in New Orleans working on a new HBO series, “Treme,” which is currently in production. New Orleans Times-Picayune writer Dave Walker this morning confirmed his death, citing an HBO spokesman.

    A longtime collaborator with “The Wire” creator David Simon, Mills wrote for “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” “The Wire” and other shows. He won two Emmies for his work on the HBO miniseries “The Corner,” another Simon collaboration. Before finding work in television, Mills wrote for The Washington Post and other publications.

    “HBO is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague David Mills,” the network said in a statement. “He was a gracious and humble man, and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, as well as those who were aware of his immense talent. David has left us too soon but his brilliant work will live on.”

    John Cusack Not a Fan of Ronald Reagan

    Actor John Cusack took a turn guest-blogging at BoingBoing today with some fun results. Channeling his inner Hunter S. Thompson, Cusack unleashed one of the better anti-Ronald Reagan rants we’ve read in quite some time, and pulled this bizarre video from the 1985-86 Superbowl.

    Cusack’s thoughts:

    As you can see in this video now, watching the performance was like diving into an ocean of bad fashion and forced smiles. Dr. Pepper dancing and Mom Jeans from shore to shore… pre-Prozac in motion…. military ballet… Mandatory cheers and quasi-religious cult patriotics… the glory of the empire. A choreographed tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. A celebration of diversity, unity, and fluorescent leggings.

    Meanwhile, Reagan was dumping all the mentally ill and vets out on the streets to die, as a direct result of his policies.

    Seton Hill Plans To Offer An iPad To Every Full-Time Student

    seton_hill_3.31.10.jpgPennsylvania’s Seton Hill University announced yesterday that they will launch the “Griffin Technology Advantage Program” wherein each full-time student enrolled at the school will be given an iPad beginning with the 2010 fall semester.

    Administrators say this will facilitate the way students work and share their research with others. They also hope that students will be able to download their courses’ reading materials onto their iPads directly through Apple’s iBookstore, thus, as university president JoAnne W. Boyle put it,”lightening their backpacks.” In addition to the iPads, incoming freshman will also be given MacBooks, which the school will replace in two years. Upper classmen have the choice of opting into the laptop program should they wish.

    The Griffin Technology Advantage Program also includes resources to provide students with a completely wireless campus and technology training for faculty. While the university says it has absorbed some of the cost of the iPads, students will also be charged an additional $500 per semester to help pay for the program.

    George Fox University also recently announced that it would offer new freshmen a choice between the iPad and a MacBook included in the cost of tuition. So, while debate wages on as to whether the iPad will save or kill the magazine and newspaper industry, it hopes to at least give a leg up to future English majors / bloggers.

    Bloomberg Hires ESPN’s Okaro as Global Head of Mobile

    oke03312010.jpgBloomberg, the giant business-information provider, broadcaster, and publisher of Bloomberg.com and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, has hired Oke Okaro from ESPN to head up its global mobile business, the company announced today.

    Okaro was previously vice president of mobile at sports-news empire ESPN, where he helped ESPN become a major player in the mobile sports category.

    “Oke’s expertise and vision will be invaluable as we expand our strategy of delivering first rate multimedia content across every screen, from the Web to television to mobile devices of today and the future,” said Bloomberg Multimedia CEO Andy Lack in a statement.

    (h/t paidContent)

    Some Look to iPad, Other Tablets to Revive Long-Form Journalism

    ipad03312010.jpgThis week, several people have floated the idea that Apple’s iPad and similar devices could revive the atrophied art of long-form, investigative journalism. After all, one can still hope that the human mind hasn’t lost its appetite for pages-long reads that delve deep into crucial issues of our time. What’s more, mobile tablets loosely approximate the feel of magazines, but don’t carry the burdensome distribution costs of their print brethren.

    In a Monday interview with Katie Couric, Time executive editor Nancy Gibbs said that e-readers offer a superior platform for long-form writing:

    You know, the — the one problem with — with the Internet for journalists who like doing long form is that any story that’s going to involve 16 screens [on]] the Web page, that’s asking a lot of people. But these devices that are designed to read books on, you certainly can imagine people being happy to read three- and four- and 5,000-word long form journalism stories on. So I think, actually, there promises to be a renaissance of the kind of serious investment journalism and storytelling that, you know, we all love to do.

    And now today, Newsonomics blogger Ken Doctor takes a similar view.

    The web’s always been about quick news reads. Perhaps, the tablet can recreate the pleasure of long-form journalism reading. My guess: it depends on the journalism. Graydon Carter makes the good point that storytelling endures, online and off. Maybe the tablet newly nourishes it.

    In a moment of heated debate over the viability and value inherent in different types of digital content, it’s at least comforting to think that technological innovation may resuscitate a type of journalism that’s taken a few hits over the past couple of years.

    Time Inc. Launches People in Greece

    peoplegreece03312010.jpgTime Inc., together with Greek communications company Imako, is launching a Greek version of People “at the end of March,” which, oh look, is today!

    Although the magazine already has some international and foreign-language exposure (People also publishes in India and Australia, and People en Espanol caters to an American audience), the Greece edition of People is the first foreign-language version distributed in a foreign country.

    Nansy Zabetoglou is heading up the newsroom as People Greece‘s editor in chief. Katerina Nika, formerly at Maxim, is advertising manager. Olga Tsaousi, formerly of InStyle, is advertising manager.

    Says Imako Media’s press release, presumably originally written in Greek:

    PEOPLE has a unique blend of celebrity, news, entertainment, service and photography. The magazine is trusted by celebrities and real-life heroes alike to tell their stories with accuracy and fairness. Each week readers are offered the chance to delight in the pop culture landscape, but, along with that escapism, there are opportunities to be inspired by the generosity and grace of everyday individuals.

    Is Drunkenness An Excuse for Making Violent, Racist Threats Against the President?

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    Interesting story from Dave Maass of the San Diego CityBeat about the consequences of drunk, racist, violent Internet trolling.

    Blood was boiling in late October 2008 as Election Day neared. The corpse of a bear cub, draped with Obama campaign posters, was left at a university in North Carolina. A mannequin dressed like vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was hung by a noose in a Halloween display in Los Angeles. And from his home computer in La Mesa, Bagdasarian was causing trouble on a Yahoo! Finance message board in the middle of the night.

    “fk the niggar, he will have a 50 cal in the head soon,” Bagdasarian typed after midnight on Oct. 22 in a thread titled “Obama” on the website’s section for the recently bailed-out insurance mega-corporation AIG.

    Twenty minutes later, Bagdasarian added: “shoot the nig…the country fkd for another 4 years+, what nig has done ANYTHING right???? Long term??? Never in history except sambos.”

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