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Tech blog item #12: Best blogs for journalism students

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech blog item #12: Best blogs for journalism students

Here is a list of the top blogs to use for journalism students, according to Bachelor’s Degree Online.  The list comes right from the website.  The blogs are from other students at various institutions, the media, photojournalism and investigative journalism.


  1. The Spectrum: This blog from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute Urban Journalism Workshop shares views from urban teems.
  2. Journo Student: Thoughts and Exploits: Find a discussion of magazines and more in this journalism student’s blog.
  3. Online Journalism Lab: This blog is written by students at Whitworth University studying the changing world of online journalism.
  4. Innovation in College Media: Read this blog for a group discussion on the future of social media.
  5. Online Journalism Review: Read this blog, the work of OJR readers and journalism students from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
  6. Jschool Student Blog: This blog is maintained by journalism students at Jschool: Journalism Education & Training, Australia.


  1. Multimedia Evangelist: In this blog, you’ll learn about changes in photography and photojournalism today.
  2. Multimedia and Video Journalism: Find out what Robb Montgomery has to say about video journalism and multimedia.
  3. Multimedia Shooter: Multimedia Shooter keeps track of important news for photojournalists so you don’t have to.
  4. VideoJournalism: Cyndy Green’s blog asks you to think visually.
  5. Photojournalism From a Student’s Eye: Learn about photojournalism by reading the blog of this photojournalism student.

Investigative Journalism

  1. The Centre for Investigative Journalism News Blog: Get the latest in investigative journalism from this blog.
  2. Depth Reporting: Mark Schaver writes about computer-assisted and investigative reporting on Depth Reporting.
  3. The Scoop: In The Scoop, you’ll learn about investigative and computer-assisted reporting from Derek Willis.
  4. Help Me Investigate: Follow this blog to learn more about investigative journalism.

To find out more blogs for journalism students including blogs from journalists, the new media, educators, the news and more, visit the Bachelor’s Degree Online website.

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Andrew Card and his Bush-era antics

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Andrew Card and his Bush-era antics

Former Chief of Staff for the Bush Administration, Andrew Card, shares stories and insight with those up-and-coming in the media industry. On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Card joined students from George Mason University and the University of Denver in a video conference to be aired on C-SPAN three the following day at five p.m.

Hosted by Steve Scully, political editor of the C-SPAN networks, the conference and interview session provided insight into Card’s political career, particularly his time spent with the Bush family, and how he got to where he was.

“I used to be a newspaper boy,” chuckles Card. Having been surrounded by media from a very young age, it’s no wonder Card’s most memorable moment was telling President George W. Bush that the Twin Towers had been hit on 9/11.

Card notes that as soon as he got word of a second tower being hit, he “knew it was Bin Ladin.” After recounting the morning’s events, it was clear that this memory stuck out to Card more than any other. Likewise, this event would be the primary moment that Card is remembered for in the media – he, of course, being the bearer of the worst possible news.

But of course, it’s all in the job description.

Being the Chief of Staff, Card’s job is to decide what is necessary to bring to the president’s attention. That being said, Card maintains that he was privy to terrifying information; now that he’s no longer in the limelight, however, he is more fearful of what he doesn’t know.

Speaking in terms of the Bush presidency as a whole, Card maintains that the Bush administration was “misunderstood”. Having approval ratings soar after 9/11 and plummet after the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, there’s no denying the public’s fickle mindset regarding former president George W. Bush.

According to Card, however, this is typical of any political candidate.

“They’re love magnets when they run for office and lonely when they serve”, he states. It is this theory, in addition to his home state’s distaste for Bush that steered Card away from running for the late Ted Kennedy’s senatorial seat in Massachusetts, despite his opponents offer to step down should he decide to run.

“I would have had to run three campaigns, with the main one being ‘I am not George Bush’,” states Card.

“The Chief of Staff’s job is to help the president do the president’s job”, maintains Card. In this particular case, Card used a close personal relationship with the President to determine what was pertinent. Stating that he feels “comfortable telling the President almost anything”, it could be considered a challenge to maintain the boundary between friendship and professionalism. Card, however, seemed to have found the right balance.

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Tech blog item #11: Sad times for Kings fans

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech blog item #11: Sad times for Kings fans

The 2010-2011 NBA regular season has finally come to a close.  This is a happy time for those playoff teams of course, this group including the especially happy New York Knicks (Finally!).  However, one team is saying goodbye to their home city, as the Sacramento Kings could have played their final game in California’s capital.

Understandably, everyone in attendance Wednesday night was emotional.  Kings fans filled Arco Arena that night knowing that there was a good chance that their beloved Kings were heading to Orange County next season. Unfortunately for the fans, the Kings lost 116-108 to the Los Angeles Lakers, a familiar foe that has crushed the hearts of Kings fans on numerous occasions.

Fans in Sacramento are very attached to their team.  Their franchise had sold out tickets in 19 of their 26 seasons in Sacramento, as the city is experiencing a tough time.  The city of Sacramento also doesn’t have any other professional sports teams, so you feel for their potential loss.  I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to lose a team you are passionate about and grew up with rooting for them.

This video says it all, as the announcers say their final goodbye on the air in Sacramento.  Good luck in Anaheim, where there will be a new chapter for basketball in California.

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Tech Blog #10: BlackBerry’s New Tablet

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #10: BlackBerry’s New Tablet


 Adam Ostrow and Christina Warren co-authored a new article on titled “BlackBerry PlayBook Enters the Tablet Race.”  The review was based on feedback after Mashable tested the device for a week. 

The results: 

Build, Form Factor and Screen 

  • Weighs 425 grams, feels sturdy and compact
  • 7-inch
  • Resolution 1024 x 600
  • Landscape mode: feels similar to iPad; text clear, graphics bright, keyboard feels good to the touch
  • Portrait mode: reading text on most web sites almost impossible without zooming, keyboard uncomfortable
  • Screen: WSVGA rather than IPS, colors still look good, touch screen very responsive, accelerometer fast,  works in all directions

User Experience 

  • Interface: easy to pick up
  • Screen: black bezel on top and bottom is touch sensitive; swiping finger up from bottom minimizes apps and shows home screen; menu or status bar accessed by swiping down from top or diagonally from top left; swiping from lower left or right side switched between open apps  
  • Notifications: accessed by tapping on them in status bar; dismissed by swiping from left to right


  • In addition to apps built in Adobe Air, PlayBook supports older BlackBerry OS apps and (though not at launch) Android 2.x apps
  • Ships with a variety of pre-installed apps
  • To access BlackBerry mail client, BlackBerry Messenger, address book: must connect BlackBerry devices to PlayBook through a Bridge mode that allows PlayBook to access data without storing it; non-BlackBerry owners need to use a web client to receive and send email 


  • Supports Adobe Flash 10.2 out of the box, but some heavily Flash-based sites like Google Maps didn’t work well in PlayBook’s browser
  •  Facebook: user can’t get notifications from Facebook or easily accessed messages from a central location  

Connectivity and Camera

  • Both cameras have solid optics
  • PlayBook too large to act as a real optical device; should work well in the field and for video chat
  • Mini-HDMI port: allows users to interact with content, games and video on a second screen
  • Ability to sync wirelessly with your desktop or laptop computer   

Sink or Swim?

  • Appeal of PlayBook currently limited to existing BlackBerry smartphone customers as a result of email and messaging limitations
  • Lack of apps until Android apps become available on PlayBook
  • Users preferred a larger screen
  • PlayBook not recommended over iPad 2 or Motorola Xoom at this time   



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Tech Blog #9: King for a Day Vacations

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #9: King for a Day Vacations

Tired of those generic hotels?  Got plenty of dough to throw around?

Airbnb, a vacation rentals startup, in partnership with Rent a Village by Xnet, offers some ultra luxurious listings for those with deep pockets.  You can “rent anything from a couch to a country.”  Examples include:

  • Austrian villageGoldegg, in the heart of Salzburg land — $65,000 a night
  • German wine village – Deidesheim – $50,000 a night
  • A Swiss mountain village — $60,000
  • An entire  European country (granted, a very small one) – The Principality of Liechtenstein – $70,000 a night

You will be happy to know that the little people — local vendors and service providers — will earn a living from your excesses.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

To be fair, Airbnb, ” a global network of accommodations offered by locals,” also offers many vacation rentals at reasonable prices for the rest of us.

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Tech Blog #8: “To Tweet or Not To Tweet: That is the Question!”

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #8: “To Tweet or Not To Tweet: That is the Question!”

Scott Gerber, whose article “8 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Get More Out of Twitter” is featured on, asked a panel of young, successful entrepreneurs how other entrepreneurs can utilize Twitter to their advantage.  They advised:

  • Twitter is a social tool — interact and be social, find out what customers want or need
  • Avoid insecurity work – limit Twitter time to less than half an hour a day
  • Engage with your followers — converse about their lives, don’t market
  • Set up an Autoresponder
  • Provide value — get software like Tweet Adder to help
  • Provide relevant information — create genuine dialogue + interaction
  • Be personal and interesting — retweet interesting links, useful articles + photos
  • Follow Twitter etiquette: listen, be relevant, mind your brand, engage, give more than you get

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Tech Blog #7: New Apple Video Editing Software

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #7: New Apple Video Editing Software


Ben Parr’s article, “Apple Unveils Final Cut Pro X,” on, offers some details about this rebuild of the 12-year-old video-editing software introduced at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas:

  • First 64-bit version
  • Can utilize all eight cores and more than 4 GB of RAM for professional editing on the Mac
  • Many new features

             — Advanced people-and-shot detection

             — Automatic audio cleanup

             — “Range-based keywording” gives video editors ability to apply keywords to specific portions of a video

             — Feature that prevents audio and video tracks from accidentally being pushed out of sync

             — Feature that automatically matches color between two clips

  • Will be available for download from Mac App Store in June for $299

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Tech Blog #6: Browser Privacy

April 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #6: Browser Privacy

Tired of being tracked? features a new article by Jolie Odell titled “Apple Adds ‘Do Not Track’ Features to Safari.”  Part of a test version of Mac OS X Lion, this new version of the Safari browser includes an option that lets users prevent cookies from tracking their online browsing behavior.

Public concerns about web browsing privacy and security caused Congress to introduce a Do Not Track Me Online bill.  This bill would allow consumers to opt out of online tracking. 

Major web browsers responded by adding do-not-track features:

  • Firefox 4 — users can opt out of advertising-related tracking
  • Internet Explorer 9 – “Tracking Protection” option — consumers can disable third-party ad software from reporting on their activities
  • Google Chrome — “Keep My Opt-Outs” extension for personalized advertising and related data tracking

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