The premise is that you have two minutes to become a pundit and seriously preach/defend/sell the randomized concept, or [blank], to your jaded friends.
Go play and send us feedback: http://blankisthefutureofjournalism.com/
Raul was my professor.
Raul was tough.
I am not sure how I passed that investigative reporting class at San Francisco State… but he taught me about the integrity, the power and responsibility of journalism… and of those who practice it.
Raul was a mentor.
Raul was a friend.
The image above was from the back of the card handed out at his memorial held in Berkeley on January 12, 2014. It’s an excerpt form his journal, written in the early 1980s:
Yes. It is difficult, but not impossible if your heart and mind remain open to life, to people and to the possibility that Love can be. Not difficult, if you are willing to risk, to grow, and perhaps to hurt.
Raul was truly a great man… a mentor to so many… a role model, on many fronts.
He will be missed.
Brad Frost (“web designer, speaker, writer, consultant, musician, and artist in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA”) gave an amazing talk I shared last year, but I just realized I never posted it here for me to remember and refer to. (If you haven’t noticed, this blog is for me… a collection of reminders, inspiration, random thoughts and occasional rants.)
So, see this. It’s AWESOME. So f*cking good.
Paper is bullshit.
Jargon is bullshit.
Sensationalism is bullshit.
Opportunism is bullshit.
QR Codes are bullshit.
Disruptions are bullshit.
Cruft is bullshit.
Spam is bullshit.
Anti-patterns are bullshit.
Advertising is bullshit.
CreativeMornings talks are happening in many cities, including international. Go to one near you: http://creativemornings.com/
I was fortunate to join Jon Bruner and Jenn Webb, co-hosts of the Radar Podcast for a roundtable discussion with Mark Trammell (of Sonos, previously of Obama HQ and Twitter) and Rebekah Monson (of the University of Miami) during NewsFoo last month.
An old friend and Seattle Times colleague Thaddeus Hanscom sent me a link to this video. And he added: “Watch that. Replace ‘poet’ with ‘journalist.’”
I want you to do the same.
I hope you feel what I felt.
I am the bard.
I am the poet.
And to be a poet while the Internet exists… man we got an opportunity!
— Poet Steve Roggenbuck, an Internet Bard at last.
I’ve been preaching this for several years now, but here is a screen-by-screen walkthrough on how you can find possible sources through Foursquare.
First, an obvious but necessary PSA: Just because it is on social media, it does not make it a fact. These are tips, not facts. In fact, I checked in from my USC office 20 miles away from the Los Angeles International Airport.
Check in… after finding the location you are looking for. (NOTE: For transparency, I recommend you add that you are checking in to look for sources. (Here’s my note/tweet):
NOTE: While their profiles are set to public, as a courtesy, I tried to blur out and anonymize people’s identities.
I converted a recent lightning talk about the Power of Code to a post for Poynter.
“Don’t let anything poison your individuality. Be away. Break away. Look in not outward.” — Rodney Mullen
I need to remember these words when I am feeling down… alone… struggling to find my place.
Sometimes I doubt myself… my abilities… my impact. I worry that the ‘train’ is leaving without me.
I have looked at others and tried to measure up. But those standards aren’t mine. Never were.
I have to remember to keep my head down… keep working… build my own trains.
// Another post for me.
I organized and hosted a forum exploring Google Glass and Journalism/Storytelling. It was held on USC Annenberg on Aug. 27, 2013.
Below is the video of the event:
For more on my experiences with Google Glass + Journalism, go here: http://glassjournalism.tumblr.com/