Send in the drones (to disaster areas), please

There’s this pet peeve of mine about disaster coverage by news media, and it’s been the case again in early coverage of the earthquakes in Nepal and devastation in the city of Kathmandu. Of course, photojournalists and news videographers shoot images of the worst damage. Editors select the best (worst) photos and video. That’s what…

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HBO has losing game with ‘Thrones’

The headline above may give the wrong impression. Actually, I love and am seriously addicted to HBO’s Game of Thrones fantasy-drama series. That title refers to the cruel (and unfortunately still usual) way that HBO limits access to the hit TV show. But first, the show. I ignored the hubbub for the first four seasons…

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Tech advances will bring more live POV news

Earlier this week on the ONA Educators group on Facebook, Curt Chandler pointed out innovative coverage of recent protests in Brazil by photographer/filmmaker Michel de Souza. The resulting video, below, is a combination of Souza’s video recording from his own point of view, plus interspersed still news shots. Like others who have experimented with this…

Testing VYou… Is this on? Got a question?

I’m definitely intrigued by VYou.com, currently in beta, which allows you to set up your own video Q&A channel and have people ask you questions (short, in text) which you answer with a video response. In time, the system supposedly will automatically play responses from your archived video answers based on the question asked. If…

Tweet your favorite self-portrait

I’m wondering if this little Twitter experiment I just posted will get any traction. We’ll see. The amazing thing about Twitter is all the creative (and practical) uses people are finding for it. Show us your best self-photo!

Showtime: Don’t show them the money

My teen daughter got seriously hooked on the Showtime TV series Dexter, which is about a “noble” serial killer who works as a police forensics expert. A few months ago a friend at her boarding school loaned her the season 1 DVD and it quickly became her favorite show. She told me how great the…

Jon Stewart influence at NY Times?

One of Jon Stewart’s staples of humor on The Daily Show is showing how politicians contradict themselves by airing side-by-side video clips — what the politician just said today, vs. what he/she said a few months ago that completely contradicts the current stance. I’ve admired this technique, and long wondered why traditional news organizations shied…

Katie’s Youtube channel

I must say, this Katie Couric Youtube channel of behind-the-scenes looks at the CBS anchor’s life when the “real” cameras aren’t on is pretty cool. Obviously, Couric is comfortable with any camera on, so it’s not a big deal, apparently, for someone to be following her around with a pocket video camera. Here’s an example:…

Do a video show on the cheap

Pop17.com‘s Sarah Meyers recently did a nice little piece about how to produce a show like hers for very little money and low-end equipment. Useful stuff for small-media entrepreneurs, as well as any media company wanting to do more web video programming without busting budgets.

Hosting your video is not always the best choice

For most mainstream news publishers, as they produce video, the inclination is to host that content on their own websites. Makes sense, right? You own the videos, they should be where you have complete control over them. Right? Actually, not necessarily. These days it makes the most sense to post video on Youtube, which has…

The next trend to watch

Live streaming video. Next big thing. Sarah Meyers of Pop17.com explains it well: When Youtube adds this sometime this year, as Meyers discovered it will, it’ll become huge. Hey, mainstream media companies: Jump on this now. Don’t wait for yet another big Internet trend to go huge before deciding then to experiment (as has happened…

We want embedding rights!

I’ve mentioned before how important it is for media companies to get their content out there — meaning everywhere, including on any blog that will carry it. (It’s the “atomization of media” thing.) I see that MSNBC.com is taking up that charge, as you can see in the screengrab below. I’d wanted to post one…