Diversity Scholarships for APME NewsTrain at MTSU

Can’t beat this deal!

Journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for a diversity scholarship to attend the Murfreesboro NewsTrain.

Successful applicants for these competitive awards will have their registration fee waived; they must pay their own travel expenses.

Apply by Aug. 25 by answering these questions and emailing your resume and up to three work samples and/or class assignments to Val Hoeppner, director of MTSU’s Center for Innovation in Media. Journalism educators need not submit work samples.

The NewsTrain is Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016.

Students reinventing journalism at MTSU

I’m interested to see what the “Bragg Innovative News Network” looks like when it launches Monday. The network was announced by Middle Tennessee State University earlier this week.

BINN, as it’s being called, is a concept developed by nine MTSU students who aim to “knock down the traditional foundations of a journalism education” with cross-platform reporting. It’s part of the MTSU’s Center for Innovation in Media.

The above video above is a promo piece, but what the students have been working working will be broadcast Monday as part of a television show airing locally on Comcast Channel 10 on the student TV station, MT10, and radio segments on WMTS, according to a university news release. The stories also will be part of the final fall 2013 edition of Sidelines Dec. 4.

binn.jpg“…The Center for Innovation in Media is all about generating fresh takes on existing media and anticipating future media. What we love here is that talented students generate concepts that not only will serve students and public today, but will also kind of lay the groundwork for the media of the future,” Ken Paulson, dean of the MTSU college of mass communication told The (Murfreesboro) Daily News Journal.

(Paulson, a former editor of USA Today, became Mass Communication dean at MTSU on July 1.)

BINN includes a website, TV pieces, print packages and radio stories. It’s great seeing some interesting experiments in the future of journalism at the university level and at a school in Tennessee.

(Photo by John A. Gillis/DNJ)

First rough draft of history is raw video

Maybe so obvious, is it not worth noting, but I will: The capture Col. Muammar Gaddafi was caught on video and that the video was shot with an iPhone by a participant; not a journalist.

In photos and videos of his death and body, nearly everyone seems to have a camera phone.

The first rough draft of history has become raw video shot with a cell phone capable of shooting video and with the capability of being quickly shared and posted on the Internet.

As I write this, Google Plus and Twitter and news websites are posting raw video from an earthequake in a fairly remote region of Turkey.

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Developing a news video strategy is like teaching cats to sing on YouTube

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Here’s a round up by Andrew Pergam, consulting video editor at The Washington Post, on the September Carnival of Journalism on “What is the role of online video in the newsroom of the future?

This collection goes in a lot of different directions and includes a lot of different views in trying to tackle this topic, which is great.

Check ’em out and let us know what you think.
 

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How ‘Deadline’ came to be

I shot a couple of short interviews with Curt Hahn and Hunter Atkins of the movie “Deadline,” which had its first private screening on Sept. 15, 2011 at the Associated Press Media Editors Conference in Denver. The movie is based on a true story and adapted from a novel, Grievances, by Mark Ethridge, former managing editor of the Charlotte Observer.

It’s a cold case tale featuring investigative journalists. Some of it was filmed in the newsroom of The Tennesseean.

The real story involved a Charlotte Observer investigation of an unsolved murder in South Carolina. In the movie, the location has been moved to a Nashville newspaper and a small town in Alabama because the movie production company is based in Nashville.

Look for it in your town next year.

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Important ruling in Cops vs. Cell Phone Videos

The right to film police in the performance of their public duties in a public space is a “basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment,” a federal appellate court held last week, marking a major victory in a time when arrests for such activities have been on the rise.

The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press

This court ruling stems from a 2007 incident in which Simon Glik recorded three police officers arresting a man on the Boston Common. Glik was arrested, his cell phone and a flash drive were confiscated and he was charged with various offenses.

He filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officers and Boston and this ruling allows his case to proceed.

Cases where law enforcement officers have arrested or confiscated cameras of people, particularly non-journalists, recording events taking place in a public place are becoming alamringly more common.

The court’s ruling in the Glik case hopefully may temper the trend. It wrote:

“It is firmly established that the First Amendment’s aegis extends further
than the text’s proscription on laws ‘abridging the freedom of speech, or of the
press,’ and encompasses a range of conduct related to the gathering and
dissemination of information,” the court said. “The filming of government
officials engaged in their duties in a public place, including police officers
performing their responsibilities, fits comfortably within these principles.
Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be
disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting
and promoting ‘the free discussion of governmental affairs.'”

This right to gather and disseminate news is not one that belongs solely to
the media, a particularly important principle in this modern era of the news
industry, when “changes in technology and society have made the lines between
private citizen and journalist exceedingly difficult to draw,” the court said.

Mike Masnick writing in TechDirt said: “While this case isn’t over yet, it’s still a huge victory for those arrested by police for filming them in action. It suggests such people can bring charges against the police for civil rights violations in taking away their First Amendment rights. A tremendous ruling all around.”

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Did you notice we just passed into the ‘post-PC era’?

Bill Tallent, CEO of Mercury Intermedia, which developed the iPad app of USA Today and apps for other media companies, and Rex Hammock, founder of Hammock Inc. and author of the popular RexBlog, do some Q&A at “The Mobile Migration Workshop” in Nashville, Tenn., on April, 1, 2011.

According to IDC, several factors (Japan disaster, unrest in the Middle East, a spike in fuel prices) are causing a PC market slump in the U.S. and Western Europe, but there’s also this: “‘Good-enough computing’ has become a firm reality, exemplified first by mini notebooks and now media tablets.”

In other words, people aren’t making buying decisions based solely on specs anymore. Sure, people will still buy computers–post-PC doesn’t mean we won’t use PCs anymore–but their primacy is being diminished by devices that will do many of the basic PC tasks well: Web browsing, sending e-mail, checking Facebook, shopping online, getting directions, reading the news, etc.

“The iPad shows you don’t have to have the best hardware. It’s about marrying the software and hardware, and about what people can do with it,” said Jay Chou, senior analyst for IDC. “I think that will be key in sustaining more PC growth.”

Read more at CNET.

More videos of the presentations at the workshop are on YouTube.

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Online News Association and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

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I used to be read the Sunday paper; then I got an iPad

Bill Tallent, CEO of Mercury Intermedia, which developed the iPad app of USA Today and apps for other media companies, speaks at “The Mobile Migration Workshop” in Nashville, Tenn., on April, 1, 2011. Tallent says the iPad has the potential to replace the Sunday paper and already appears to be “the device” for news.

Great data on the smartphone, the iPad and the tablet market in his talk..

More videos of the presentations at the workshop are on YouTube.

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Online News Association and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

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