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It’s very easy to develop a man crush on the best American reporter in the Middle East. Richard Engel is nice, polite and has written two books. He’s also been churning out some of the best reporting on the Egypt revolution (and the soon to come other revolutions) this side of Al-Jazeera. His Wikipedia page...
Egyptian Revolution Video
This story about the Egyptian Revolution appeared on jboitnott.com back in 2010. At that time, the country of Egypt found itself in a stage of remarkable upheaval. Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets, rallying against the rule of an autocrat named Hosni Mubarak. These events captured the world’s attention for weeks. Because...
Sometimes “sideline” journalism can be quite a tough job. There are endless perils and risks that one might encounter. They often times have to brave the elements and put themselves right in the action. Our hats go off to the valiant souls that put their bodies on the line just to capture a fleeting moment for viewers...
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Back in 2009 when I spoke at the Twitter140 conference in New York I had the chance to meet a personal hero of mine, Ann Curry, who works the Today show for NBC. She spoke on a panel about how Twitter played a role in the Iranian green revolution of that year. Afterward I got...
My trip to New York City to speak at the Twitter140 Conference in June, 2009 was one of the most fun experiences I have had in my years of working in social media. I had recently started my job at Village Voice Media at the time, and was sent to represent the company in the...
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People who operate company Facebook fan pages are always looking for ways to grow their communities and increase interaction with followers on the site. It’s plainly obvious, just by looking at analytics, that fan pages have become hubs for building interest in news organizations. It takes an arsenal of methods for growing that interest. Perhaps...
The following post first appeared on the site Focus.com at this link. It’s a great site and I am going to be an ongoing contributor. In all the years I have been involved with news organizations, whether they be radio, TV or print, most of my bosses haven’t been very internet savvy. In recent years...
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In the spirit of self-promotion that I sometimes engage in, let’s take a trip down memory lane with some of my on-air TV reporting work that I use to do for KEYT Channel 3 in Santa Barbara. For years I worked as a part-time reporter at the small-market TV station and ended up working on...
I have spoken recently about using pictures in your tweets to engage people and build followers. Including pics with your tweets keeps people up to date on your life, and actually adds value. It’s fine to say that – but why is it true? Over a long period of time, if people know they have...
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