Here are 90-plus photos from my trip to Yosemite this past week. The valley is even more stunning than I remember from 15 years ago. Check out the closeup of a gorgeous bluejay and a long-range shot of a bear.
During the Where 2.0 conference on March 31, 2010, I grabbed Dennis Crowley, CEO and co-founder of Foursquare, after his eye-opening keynote talk.
If you haven’t heard of Foursquare, you will — they’re on track to hit a million registered users around May 1. People in their 20s and 30s obsess over checking in at various locations to win digital badges. [Read more…] about Interview with the CEO/founder of Foursquare
How to emulate the practices of professional journalists
As more individuals practice citizen journalism and more organizations incorporate media into their online communication strategies, it’s important to keep in mind the fundamental precepts of journalism.
Here’s a short guide to ensuring accuracy from the Center for Citizen Media in a project that I managed.
Before you write
1. The best way to maintain accuracy is to develop a system and stick to it.
2. Take the extra seconds to read back to the interviewee the spelling of his or her name. If you need an age, ask for a birth date and year.
3. Avoid using secondary sources to verify facts.
4. If you have to use secondary sources, find at least two and make sure they agree independently; don’t simply ask one to confirm what the other said.
5. Verify phone/fax numbers, web and email addresses. For example, copy the url from the document and paste it into a browser. Call the phone number. [Read more…] about Accuracy tip sheet
The following resources provide information about new forms of personal journalism — including weblogs, collaborative news sites, personal broadcasting, and more — as well as pointers to examples of each genre.
• The New Media Resources collection at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism has published an earlier version of this page.
The published articles are presented, weblog-like, with the most recent articles first.
Note: I’ve left the dead links intact below to show how much link rot has occurred since 2003:
Introduction to blogging:
Blogging for Beginners: What You Need to Know to Start a Weblog
Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2002
Introduction to weblogging. [Read more…] about Blogs and the news: How blogging & journalism intersect
Almost every day I get queries about whether a particular report or rumor circulating on the Internet is true or not. Not sure whether that e-mail you got contains the truth, a shred of truth, or is a complete fabrication? Here are some of the best resources for verifying or discounting possible Internet hoaxes.
The best of the bunch.
Hoax info from Internet 101
Advisories and warnings about hoaxes, myths, chain letters, bogus virus alerts and more.
For years I’ve bemoaned the lack of women on stage at the scores of tech conferences and events I attend. Girls in Tech is out to change that.
I caught up with founder Adriana Gascoigne and executive managing director Robyn Cohen at Web 2.0 Expo earlier this month. [Read more…] about Girls in Tech: Bringing women into tech world
Laren Poole, a filmmaker who co-founded Invisible Children, talks about the groundbreaking human rights organization, which is trying to free children forced into armed conflict. [Read more…] about The story behind Invisible Children
How to rip DVDs and record TV for on-the-go video entertainment
There are several ways to watch DVD movies and TV shows on the road.
Sling Media sells a commercial product, the Slingbox ($250), that lets you stream television shows over the Internet to wherever you’re located. Macintosh users can buy Elgato’s EyeTV ($330), which works like a computer-based TiVo and records shows in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format. The Linux-based MythTV captures over-the-air unencrypted television signals (for more, see the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HDTV-PVR Cookbook). A few mobile devices, such as various Archos players, make it easy to transfer TV shows from a TV set to a handheld device.
If you’d like to rip (or copy) copy-protected DVD movies that you’ve purchased to make your travels easier, you have lots of options. Be warned that this is a grey legal area, given that the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (PDF) makes no exceptions for fair use. But as Macworld magazine points out, “you can conserve battery power—and keep your actual DVDs safe—by ripping your movies to your hard drive.”
Ripping programs include:
• For Mac users, the free MacTheRipper program copies DVDs in full fidelity and at full size — roughly 4.5GB per movie. Ripping a DVD typically takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
• If high quality isn’t required, the free, open-source HandBrake will rip a DVD to a smaller, lower-quality file playable by programs such as Windows Media Player or QuickTime Player or MediaCentral (pictured above) for the Mac.
Want to watch the captured video on your hotel room’s TV rather than your laptop screen? Bring along an S-Video or composite video cable, along with an adapter, if you’ve got them.