November 4th, 2008 was probably the first time I tried out any type of “live” coverage. I used ScribbleLive to cover Election Day for MiddBlog. We had a bunch of contributors all pile in their comments into a running “live blog” of the day’s events. Today, a lot of sites (including NPR) use CoverItLive for running text coverage.
During my summer at NPR, we did a live chat with the musician Moby. It took a producer, a host, and two interns to run it. My fellow intern Camden was running the chat, moderating comments as listeners tuned in to hear Moby take questions. I was running the Twitter questions, monitoring the hashtag and submitting questions to the larger chat. Producer Rob Hilton would feed questions to host Bob Boilen who would then ask Moby.
Last Thursday, I tried streaming my acappella group‘s concert with live video on ustream.com. And I was surprised that it worked pretty well to reach an audience of around 40-50 people (mostly parents and friends) with less than 24 hours notice. I just used the built-in camera on my computer to broadcast and had some sound issues when the audience hooped and hollered (blasting the eardrums of the internet viewers). Either way, it was a worthwhile experiment especially for the most dedicated fans that can tune in from far away. The fan appreciation for being able to connect with a live event is pretty amazing.
This is what happens when I have a new camera and a half hour to mess around. Looking forward to more video projects, short and long, this summer.
The poor blooming flowers are getting massacred by snow in April (almost May). Good luck to gardens everywhere in Vermont.
I went to a lecture by Walter Pincus yesterday and hearing that the internet journalism was just a fad was not good for my ego. But I won’t dwell on the fact that Pincus stuck to corporate print journalism as the only future of journalism (grrr…). I liked what he said about journalism needing to be owned locally and his idea of a print journalism small business is attractive in many ways.
Still I find it hard to escape that print journalism as inherently non-iterative or at least less capable of fast iterations. That’s the allure of online journalism — get it wrong? You can change quickly and adapt back in with instant feedback. The video below is about the “marshmallow challenge” where kindergartners consistently beat out MBA students in building a simple structure. Why? Find out:
I would say the majority of people I know are looking for work, have just recently just started working, or are about to be looking for work. But that’s not why I started my new employment blog: liberalart.us. I started it for the liberal artists (not democratic painters) and named it as such.
What does a liberal arts degree really mean? Where does it get you? What skills do you have? I have seen some of my smartest and most talented friends struggle immensely post-graduation and this blog is for them. And it’s not to help them as if this were charity or an advice line. It’s to give voice to them.
I’m saying that the 20-something recession-grad is a story worth telling. The successes. The failures. The pressures. I’m living it, so why try to mask it in Career Service pamphlets and cryptic facebook statuses. The blog, thanks to my partner Sarah, has a bit more of a snarky tone than I’m used to. But employers take note, I know how to adapt to styled writing. I write it that way to have some appeal and light-heartedness to what can be a tough process for my colleagues/classmates.
Let me know what you think. I want the blog to be fresh. There’s a risk of failure, but you know what, I haven’t been failing enough recently. That means I’m getting too comfortable, not pushing myself.