Archive for December, 2009

The evolution of new media continues and implications for journalism abound.

I found this web site a few months back when judging some college newspaper web sites. It’s called Issuu.com and was being used, at least on the journalism sites, to post widgets on the news sites of the .pdf, page-turnable document versions of their college publications. I’ve since uploaded a few .pdfs of my own and found the process an easy and efficient way to publish your print publications. Readers can easily read the documents online, embed them on their own sites or print the .pdfs out and read them in paper form. And, did I mention? Issuu.com is free.

Now, Issuu.com is launching apps for the Google Android and Apple iPhone/iTouch phones. Again, technology is enhancing the reading experience for any digital publication on a hand-held device in a way that should make the distributors of the Amazon Kindle (and other e-reader devices) nervous. It should also serve as yet another red flag to newspaper publishers that their days of pushing out news on dead trees are numbered. Anyone holding on hopelessly to the idea that newspapers will be around in 10 years is dreaming.

The good news is publishers, editors, copy desks and reporters will have jobs (at least of few of us will) in this new media ecosystem. Take a look at the pagination of some of these digital editions and you’ll see that page design, typography, editing and quality reporting and writing are going to be necessary and valued skills in the years to come.

Newsrooms of the future will have to restructure to address the realities of news production and dissemination.

Besides the hover chairs, teleportation pads, interactive video walls and augmented reality work stations, the newsroom of the future will operate much differently than the ones we have come to know and loath over the length of our careers. I have a vision of the future newsroom.

The future newsroom, and we can debate just how far into the future this will be, won’t be “converged”. No, it’ll just be multiplatform. Converged is a term for those of us who still seperate ourselves into a medium of choice, a luxury we can no longer afford BTW.

Broadcast, radio or newspapers will no longer be stand alone operations (no surprise there, right?). The future newsroom will be one seamless operation that will produce, curate and distribute it’s news content for multiple platforms.

Job titles such as social media editor, user-generated content editor and multimediographer will be the standard. Reporters will all be multimedia and social media literate without exception.

Future newsroom work flows will grow to accommodate the integration of user-generated content (YouTube Direct and Flickr are good examples of what I’m talking about here.) Future newsrooms will be well served to appoint an editor to solicit, curate and filter the valuable resources that can often be mined from the public.

Social media editors, a job popping up in a number of public and corporate institutions, will be a no brainer for the newsroom of the future. In some major news organizations, like BusinessWeek and NPR, this job is already a reality. It will be important for newsrooms to keep a finger on the pulse of real-time news, information and discourse on social media networks like Twitter. It will also fall on the social media editor to market new content to potential readers and engage them in discussions about the news. There may even be room for a little of the newsroom culture to seep out into the public via social media, similar to what Zappos.com has done. Zappos.com, an online shoe retailer, has made their Facebook page a place to interact with Zappos employees on completely off topic subject matter. Think that engaging consumers about their favorite Christmas song is a waste? Well, they’ve got the responses to prove that Facebook is a great place to generate public affection for their company and their retail operation. Newsrooms would be smart to examine this dynamic in action and adopt a similar strategy. (more…)

I was checkin’ out Multimedia Shooter’s blog post about 10 Sports Related Multimedia Projects and found this. The Wonderfactory and Time, Inc. have come up with this demo of Sport Illustrated. Check it out and you’ll see what I think is the future of publishing. This is where multimedia reporting all comes together. I can’t imagine a reporter who doesn’t know how to shoot and edit video/photos working for future publications.

Here’s my picks for the most excellent videography/photography toys out there this holiday season. If you’ve got a videographer or photographer on your Christmas list, check out these groovy gadgets:

  1. Bose Around-Ear Headphones     $125.95
    These headphone wear like a dream and close you off from the world around. Whether your photographer or videographer is editing audio for a video project or just lost in a song, they’ll love this ear candy that only Bose can deliver.

    Headphones by Bose.

  2. Cinemin Swivel mini projector    $299.99
    This portable mini projector will help your photographer or videographer show off his or her photos and videos anytime, anywhere. Hooks up easily to iPods, portable media devices and computers.

  3. X-Rite Eye-One Display LT for Monitor Calibration   $119.95
    A proper color calibration device is a must for any photographer or videographer. You can’t edit video or photos and get the right color if your monitor color isn’t properly calibrated. Make sure your photographer or videographer has this piece of equipment.

    Eye-One Display LT by X-Rite.

  4. SanDisk High Capacity/High Speed Compact Flash Cards     $145.99 (8GB)
    This is the flash card your photographer/videographer would buy for themselves if they got to pick it out. That’s because SanDisk’s capacity is exceeded by its write speed. That’s the speed at which the data writes to the card, important when snapping hundreds of photos in short periods of time. It’s also key in writing HD video efficiently, a feature of many new DSLR cameras. 8GB capacity with 30 megabytes per second write speed is FAST!

    SanDisk® Extreme® CompactFlash® Card.

  5. 4GB Storm Trooper USB Drive   $34.99
    Okay, this one is just plain geeky gadget guy fun! Great for Star Wars fans who need to take their digitals photos and files with them on the go.

    4GB Storm Trooper USB Drive by Funko.

  6. LaCie Portable Rugged Hard Disk   $84.99 (250GB)
    Nowadays it’s not a bad idea to have your data portable and LaCie makes a rugged little hard drive to meet the demanding needs of any photographer or videographer.

    LaCie Rugged Hard Disk, Design by Neil Poulton.

  7. Gorillapod SLR-Zoom  $49.95
    Your photographer/videographer needs a good portable tripod for those adventurous hikes into the wilderness, be it the back woods or concrete jungle. Gorillapod for SLR-Zoom is a great tool to help them hold that shot steady when lugging around a proper tripod just won’t do.

    Gorillapod SLR-Zoom by Joby.

  8. An Online Camera Store Gift Card (Adorama & B & H are my trusted online photo stores!)
    If you’re not sure what they’ve already got in their photography or video tool kit, you can’t go wrong with gift cards to Adorama Camera or B & H Photo Video online. Trusted, quality stores with excellent customer service.

  9. Apple’s Magic Mouse wireless touch technology mouse  $69.99
    If your photographer or videographer is a Mac guy or gal, then they need the Apple Magic Mouse. It has the same touch technology as the iPhone or iPod Touch and allows you to trace your finger over the entire surface to scroll, swipe, etc. And, it’s wireless. Less desktop clutter!

    Magic Mouse by Apple.

  10. PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK: Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough   $24.95
    There are a gazillion photography books I could recommend, but I’ll just mention this one. High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography is a new trend in photography. Why not give your old photographer a new trick!? Check out this guide to a new way of looking at photography.

    Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough.