Five More Giraffe Profiles Posted

More new giraffe profiles are up---these are from student researchers at the University of Massachusetts.  The new profiles are:  Lisa Williams, Brian Storm, Angie Bado, Liane Brandon, and Jim Van Nostrand.

See below for the new profiles from their counterpoint at the University of Missouri. 

 

 

 

 

New Giraffe Profiles Up

This past semester, students from the journalism school at the University of Missouri have been working on profiles for the Media Giraffe Project.  New profiles that went up this week are:  Andy Hall, Steve Dorsey, Brad Flora, Avi Adelman, Erik Sundelof, Jim Spencer, Rachel Sterne, Mike Fricano, Dan Ruiter, and updates on Jimmy Wales and Margaret Freivogel.

 

Sports and Journalism

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury made history last weekend as he became the embodiment of what critics of new media have foreshadowed for quite some time. The former NBA point guard created his own rendition of the Truman show, utilizing U-Stream to provide a live view of his life for 24 hours straight. UStream is a video streaming platform which allows those with cameras to broadcast live video to a public audience. From 6 a.m. on Friday morning, to 6 a.m.

Sports and Journalism

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury made history last weekend as he became the embodiment of what critics of new media have foreshadowed for quite some time. The former NBA point guard created his own rendition of the Truman show, utilizing U-Stream to provide a live view of his life for 24 hours straight.

Go here to read the rest, or visit Jeffrey Engmann's blog.

New giraffe profile: David Mastio

I just finished and posted a new profile, this one on David Mastio of BlogNetNews.com.  It includes an audio of my recent phone interview with him, along with links for more information.  Mastio is trying to create versions of Technorati for local newspapers, and talks about the frustrations and occasional successes of this endeavor.

GrowthSpur: new business to help local sites

Media giraffe Mark Potts (along with other known names in media, including Jeff Jarvis) has started a new company to help local sites earn money.  Mark Potts once ran Backfence, a collection of local sites, but it failed for financial reasons.  He's now coming back with GrowthSpur, which offers a host of services to try to help the kind of sites he originally intended to start up.  You can read more on the GrowthSpur website, or in this Business Week article.

Meet MGP's new student intern

This summer, Umass student Jeffrey Engmann will be interning for the MGP. He'll be writing Giraffe Profiles, helping update the website, and sharing his thoughts on his MGP blog. You can read his first post here.

Jeffrey is a journalism major going into his last year at Umass. He writes for Umass' school paper The Daily Collegian and the citizen-journalism sports site Bleacherreport.com. He's also interested in sociology, and multi-cultural education.

Take the Hyperlocal Survey

If you run a local website, consider taking ten minutes to fill out this survey.  It's a CUNY/ Knight Foundation initiative. Here's some information about it, from Jeff Jarvis:

"As a professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, I’m heading the New Business Models for News project, funded by the Knight Foundation. We are reaching out to local websites like yours to gather information and innovative ideas from across the country. We want to bring facts, figures, and business analysis to the debate over the future of journalism"

David Mastio interviewed about BlogNetNews, June 2009

Here, David Mastio talks about BlogNetNews, the blog aggregator that he founded.  This fifteen-minute interview was conducted by MGP's Sara Majka.  Talk focuses on his efforts to get newspapers to have a section for local blogs.  He feels it's a natural partnership---and he's invested retirement money in trying to get it off the ground---but he's had trouble getting newspapers to warm to the idea.  A few weeks ago his partnership with the Miami Herald got off the ground, and he hopes interest will increase.

Save the Date: "Rebooting Rockwell's America" conference

A new conference has been announced:

Multimedia web and mobile platforms are advancing new approaches to news, journalism and social engagement at a near-incomprehensible pace. But how does all this innovation link to and affect civic engagement in tangible, face-to-face venues -- like schools, libraries, coffee shops, museums and public spaces?

Help us find out. The Norman Rockwell Museum, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, and other co-covenors invite you to:

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