Wednesday, August 16, 2006

10 web news business questions that need a ‘yes’ | Lost Remote TV Blog

Not entirely applicable in a Public Broadcaster environment such as mine, but still thought provoking.

10 questions to which any news manager must answer ‘yes’

1. Is your website and newscast fully integrated? A “go to our site for more information” promo does not count.

2. Does everyone in your newsroom understand the web?

3. Are you investing capital in your website?...

Visit Lost Remote for the full list and play along at home. Even if you're not involved with any sort of News Media, taka a look and see if you think these are the sort of changes that are important to you. I'd be interested to hear, but as always I doubt anyone will even read this let alone comment.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Two good articles - Buzzmachine and PoMo blogs

Interesting thoughts from the blog tag-team of Jeff Jarvis and Terry Heaton.
(I'm sure they'd both take umbrance at that overgeneralisation)

"The problem with books, I’ve been saying, is that we give them too much respect. Because we treat them as holy objects, we are less likely to change and update the form — and that, sorry to say, leaves books behind as the rest of media must progress."

An old friend of mine who runs a TV station said the other day, "I just don't get the attraction (of social media)." This is a tough one for established people to understand, and it is especially difficult for those in media. To my friend -- and many people like him -- social media sites (e.g. MySpace) are a colossal waste of time.

Some interesting thoughts on the value of conversation and the developing media structures that make it happen.

The relaunch of the Lateline site

With the launch of Lateline Business my colleagues and I have found ourselves rethinking the Lateline Business site. And so, here we have it! Based on the "Australian Story" template created by Martin Southgate and Tim Madden (which I helped a bit with), the idea is to be able to maintain production of additional video resources with a minimum of fuss.

Also note the launch of Lateline video podcasts. You can't begin to believe the fun we've gone through trying to get this stuff working. Suffice it to say that now this is up and running we hope it to be the first of many.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Imagining the Tenth Dimension

A great Flash tutorial on how to conceive of the 10 dimensions posited by String Theory. Definitely worth a few views to get the concept straight, but a great example of how this sort of media can be used for educational purposes.