Saturday, October 07, 2006

(semi)weekly blog review~three

My favorite entry on Pogue's Post's this week was his (mild) rant about the complexities of today's cell phones. He raises some good questions about the sometimes complex navigation of simple tasks like turning off the phone ringer or looking up a well used number. He said it requires "burrowing" into the phone's menu to accomplish these tasks.

A fun entry highlights a page where one can customize their Google homepage.
Click here to see and try. Enjoy.

One of the most interesting posts in the last couple of weeks on the
Hancock PhotoJournalism blog was the interview with IMAX director Denis Delestrac.

Mr. Delestrac has successfully included IMAX documentary photography to his portfolio. Hancock interviewed Delestrac about his evolution to this medium. Delestrac had an interesting perspective.

He said the new movement of photojournalists from still to video is another way for visual communicators to impact the viewer. The fact that the equipment prices are more in reach for the individual and the abundance of (affordable) editing software contributes to the rise in this trend. Delestrac articulates, "It's another language with a different alphabet."

The interview goes on to explain some nuances of the IMAX genre. It's not like Photojournalism and not like film either. It is a beast unto it's own.

The similarities Delestrac speaks of is the pre-production task of development and acquiring funding. He states this is not his favorite part. This is least favored part of the process of any visual creative individual I've ever know.

Eric Deggan's
The Feed reiterates the ever present influence of blogs on 'legitimate' journalism. The usefulness of the blogs regarding the recent Foley debacle was illustrated. Deggans compares blogs to the tabloids. He says every once in a while the tabloids would run a story that carried serious merit. The blogs play their role too. If a story weighs in with the blogger crowd and sustains any shelf life, legitimate sources may eventually rise to verify the story.

Deggan's also covers the dedication and grand opening of the Peggy M. Peterman newsroom at University of South Florida's
Neighborhood News Bureau in St. Petersburg, FL. He eventually mentioned USF's Media Convergence class blog coverage of the event.

He states that students were supposed to be blogging live during the event. As a participant of the live blog team, I must convey my pride I felt to be a part of USF and St. Petersburg history. It perplexes me that our presents was not noted at the event. (Their were 18 classmates there and a substaion of four laptops outside the ribbon cutting.)

I do share Deggans sentiment when he wishes the newsroom a meaning future.


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