"A radio station hounded out of the country by Zimbabwean strongman President Robert Mugabe has found its e-mails are monitored and shortwave broadcasts are blocked by Chinese-built jamming devices, the station manager said at a press freedom conference here on Friday.
But, said SW Radio Africa founder Gerry Jackson, the censors haven't caught on yet to text messaging. It's a challenge to compress "the complexity of Zimbabwe's news into 160 characters including spaces," Jackson said. "That's what I do every day."
"Today we talked about the future of radio programming, the relevancy of their website, about moving too fast, about finding new ways to work with affiliate stations, about best practices for citizen journalism, about the value of distribution, about working with limited resources, about licensing issues with archives, and so, so, so much more.
The more I sat there and listened, the more I became convinced that NPR's future seems to be in opening themselves up to their listeners... and in turn listening to them. They are the ultimate connector. Not only connecting people to great stories, but connecting people to each other. Enabling diversity in the stories that are shared. They are one of the last bastions of integrity in news gathering. There can't be fear in that. Fear that the listeners, who in turn become creators, may spoil that integrity. Nothing great is accomplished if not without risk. And in order to take that next step they will need to understand that the reward will be far greater than the risk. Because seriously, the news not about people, it is people."
Dueling web video projects from two of the old/new media powerhouses, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Both attempt to take a fresh approach to what we call 'journalism'. Both succeed in different ways.
First, earlier in the week, was 'onBeing' from the Post. Clean, simple and personal. Short stories of Washingtonians by Washingtonians courtesy great video interviews by Jenn Crandall and great interface design by Rob Curley and crew. It has proven to be one of the most successful pieces ever posted on washingtonpost.com.
The Sunday New York Times Magazine online features director Jake Paltrow's commissioned piece, 'The First Ones', interviewing some of Hollywood's finest. The format is again, very simple - one question, "what was the first film that made an impression on you?" The answers are short and sweet and artfully filmed (almost painfully so), and it works. The interface is nice also, allowing you to watch the whole thing or pick where to enter.
These two projects are not quite YouTube, but are also a nice step away from the TV-derivative stuff we are used to seeing from MSM. Hopefully we will see more like this; video journalism that starts to feel like the web is truly its home.
Every once in while something neat breaks through the corporate creativity firewall.
Washington Post videographer Jenn Crandall's onBeing takes a simple idea and brings it to the people in the Washington, D.C. community. Rob Curley and his posse provide an interface and user experience that is both familiar (can you say iTunes?) and fun!
Haven't posted anything in a while; I have been down the corporate rabbit hole trying to 'innovate'.
This can leave one barely functional from the blows to the head received while banging against walls.
My sing-a-long album of the day, Surfer Rosa (Huh-Huh!)