Last month we told you about one of the world’s largest, and most expensive, iPhone speaker docks: the iNuke Boom. Made by Behringer, the speaker weighs over 700 pounds and can pump out a staggering 10,000 watts of power.
Sony’s 4K projector was first announced last year, but they have the thing on display at CES this year. After getting to zone out in a pitch black room where the projector blasted the new Spider Man trailer at full resolution on a 182-inch screen, I’m sold on the idea. More »
At a show filled with more than a million square feet of exhibit space packed with brand-new gizmos, I’m lugging around what’s got to be the oldest relic actively being used in the press room: An IBM R50 ThinkPad. That’s IBM, the company that hasn’t actually made laptops since 2005.
Number of delegates with the word “journalist” in their job title: 1 Number of delegates with the word “blogger” in their job title: 1 Number of delegates with the word “writer” in their job title: 4 Number of delegates with the word “anchor” in their job title: 18 Number of delegates with the…
I got a hell of a kick reading the piece Time magazine did this week on The Sun. In addition to wishing you the best of luck, I’d also like to offer my services.
Since I haven’t seen a copy of the “new” Sun yet, I’ll have to make this a tentative offer. I stepped into a dung-hole the last time I took a job with a paper I didn’t know anything about (see enclosed clippings) and I’m not quite ready to go charging up another blind alley.
By the time you get this letter, I’ll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I’ll let my offer stand. And don’t think that my arrogance is unintentional: it’s just that I’d rather offend you now than after I started working for you.
I didn’t make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he’d tell you that I’m “not very likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too superior to mingle with the average person.” (That’s a direct quote from a memo he sent to the publisher.)
Nothing beats having good references.
Of course if you asked some of the other people I’ve worked for, you’d get a different set of answers.
If you’re interested enough to answer this letter, I’ll be glad to furnish you with a list of references — including the lad I work for now.
The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It’s a year old, however, and I’ve changed a bit since it was written. I’ve taken some writing courses from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you’re trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I’d like to work for you.
Most of my experience has been in sports writing, but I can write everything from warmongering propaganda to learned book reviews.
I can work 25 hours a day if necessary, live on any reasonable salary, and don’t give a black damn for job security, office politics, or adverse public relations.
I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of.
It’s a long way from here to British Columbia, but I think I’d enjoy the trip.
So the other day, I was browsing around tumblr and found out that a lot of people where posting why they wanted to become a journalist. Obviously I was searching posts that had tags with “journalist” and “journalism.” I read most of them, realizing that we all had one common goal. That it is not…
In Italy, the philosophy of La Bella Figura rules the land, especially in the south. Bella Figura means “the beautiful figure” but is actually a way of life emphasizing beauty, good image, aesthetics and proper behavior.
Italy is a place of grandeur and elegance and this is seen in the…
According to rumors, Intel may be thinking about acquiring Roku, maker of the popular, low-cost, multimedia streaming device that competes aggressively with the Google TV, and Apple TV, and Boxee Box devices.
Public Libraries + Hackerspaces. Brilliant. And yet another reason why public libraries—and public librarians—are an essential part of a free society, fostering the kind of innovative, productive, creative, healthy, expansive culture worth a good chest thump. Not only is it about leveling the…
I started using Storify in October of 2011 and have recorded some 114 curations since then. I wonder if anyone else is that prolific on the service?
I was a very early adopter of the Storify tool and service, hearing about it at the Online News Association Conference of 2010.
In 2011, I used the tool to create over 100 stories. I try to budget my time in 2-hour increments for Storifications — sometimes I get done quicker and sometimes I don’t, but you can pretty much say that I spent at least 200 hours in 2011 on Storify. In that time, my most read article was 870 views, and the least read had six view. In total, I generated 12,593 views from my Storify efforts.
Storify is a storytelling platform that makes it easy to collect social-media sharing and curate it into easy-to-read form and rapidly share it.
I use Storify to create reference materials for conferences that I may not be able to attend as well as maintain a weekly look at the sharing surrounding #SocialTV. In 2011, I curated a Storify article each week on what people were talking about in SocialTV. This helped me engage and identify some of the thought leaders in this emerging field. The first editions were highly read, but the numbers seemed to dwindle as the year went on.
But, Storify is not just about getting page views. It is a great tool for connecting with others around a subject and for adding new followers and fans.
When you complete a Storify, you can send a tweet out to promote the article, as well as tweets to let those you have quoted know that they have been quoted. The Storify tool adds a link, but it also lets you edit that link. So, I use it to point to Social Media News NY with the hopes of attracting more fans and followers to the page.
While there are others out there who have created Storify posts that attract thousands of views, I’m happiest using the tool to share knowledge on an event that may not be covered in this fashion and as a reference for later. My favorite Storify for 2011 is coverage of the Virtual Edge summit in Las Vegas in January. The information shared was of such high value that I was inspired to do further curation and share that alongside of quoted tweets and status updates.
Events and Storify work well together in creating community. Events should encourage people to share on their social networks, and then have someone curate the information using the Storify tool to honor the sharing and to create educational content that will feed community. This is something that can be done after the conference.
However, due to Twitter API limitations, and depending on the volume of sharing coming from an event, you should do the curation rather quickly, or you will end up reaching the chronological limits.
I try to add shared images, Facebook updates, and YouTube videos for some posts, but have noticed that real-time video sharing from conferences is a real opportunity for enhancing an event and providing unique content. I call this “video quotes” and you can see my YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/mmkrochmal) to see these.