Join the Social Media Party

I was impressed by this post on Social Media Today that critiqued the idea that social media is a “conversation.”  You hear that a lot, companies want to start or join the online conversation. But, Ray Augie, in this post, says it would be better to call it a party. And, it’s a party that …

Technology – Where The Jobs Are

At least that’s what Business Week is saying. Their advice, “Study computer science or engineering, and plan to move to a big city. ”  The article lists a number of metropolitan areas as leading in job growth and salary strength.  After Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Oakland, all in CA, Austin came in fourth in …

Dan Gillmor Speaks

Here’s a great interview with Dan Gillmor, author of We The Media, about entreprenuerial journalism. In it he says, “The career ladder that people of my generation aspired to is in almost all cases is just not going to be available to them. But that should only be scary to people of my generation. If …

Free and Easy FTP Tools

I realized that I may not have mentioned these to everyone.  I know many of you use Fetch and are comfortable with it.  Some of you unfortunate PC users have WS-FTP, which has recently become available for free at http://www.ipswitchft.com/products/ws_ftp_home/try/free/. But, I also like FireFTP.  It’s an add-on for Firefox.  Go to http://fireftp.mozdev.org/ and download …

A Look at the Future

Poynter has a great video by Brian Storm of MediaStorm about his take on the future of journalism. You might remember us watching the Media Storm video on National Geographic about elephant poaching (Ivory Wars) and Annie, the elephant that they tracked on the graphic. Brian does amazing work, well respected. But, I’m not sure …

So long, OJR

I’m very sad to report that Online Journalism Review has been disbanded by USC’s Annenberg School.  It was a site that reported on new media, was really one of the first online communities to provide thoughtful coverage on the issues that are dramatically affecting the communications industries.  The editor, Robert Niles, did an amazing job, …

McClatchy to slash 1400 jobs

McClatchy Co., the newspaper company that owns the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Miami Herald (and many other dailies), announced today that it will cut 1400 jobs in its organization. The cuts are in response to “today’s more competitive media environment.” I know this scares a lot of communication students and recent grads. But, these …

Old iMovie for New Computers

If you purchased a Mac in the past year or so, and it includes the new iLife ’08 package, you might have noticed that iMovie ’08 looks completely different. It’s really a different program, and a bit difficult to figure out. Maybe you just wish you could go back to the old iMovie HD (’06) …