Know Your Copyrights

I almost always think it's better to use original content. Still, there are times when you may need or want to use copyrighted materials, and it's important to know your rights. Here are a few places to start looking for answers.


Powering Up

Was it really only two weeks ago that we brainstormed for Issue #1? Here's a photo of Abe and Matt before they infiltrated the professional arm wrestling world.


Sleep: It's Sexy

Since I have trouble sending to the listserv.....

Alissa and Cardiff, here is a story that might help you with a news peg for you story:

Sleep is the New Sex

A few more tid bits:
There is a "metro nap"-esque business at the Mall of America

Volvo is launching (with its '08 models) a system that will wake up drivers who fall asleep at the wheel

: (From Forbes) If you had invested in ResMed, a company that makes sleep-disorder-breathing apparatus, you'd have made a bundle. Shares jumped 44% -- and ResMed is a small player in the market.

The Hotel Benjamin in New York City offers your own personal "pillow concierge" with a "pillow men"

-- the other jen


Online Over Print

Here's another article I thought was interesting: "Don't Bother Writing for Print" at mediabistro.com.

Rafe Needleman, a top editor at CNET.com, says that the pay scale has pretty much leveled between print and online content. "There's certainly more money to be made on web writing now that the advertising is increasing," says Needleman. "For writers it's really an interesting time, because the opportunities are out there. I pay just about what I do for writers online as I would for print content. The fees are more or less the same."

Also, Faran Alexis Krentcil, a contributor to New York magazine's Web site, newyorkmetro.com says stigma regarding online writing is disappearing:

"I've discussed this with lots of editors, even a few editors-in-chief. What I've heard from them is: good writing is good writing, regardless of where it happens...I've never had an editor say, 'I'd like to work with you, but you need more print clips first.'"

Also, Sandeep Junnarkar, the journalist who runs Lives in Focus (which I blogged about a few days ago) says he would be willing to talk to our class via iChat about the project. If anybody is interested, let me know, and let's try to set up a time.


Hi all:

A few of you have asked about what format and size we'd like the photos in. Please send your photos as JPEGs, 72 dpi and 4x6 inches in size, so that we can either use it for the lead photograph spot or have the latitude to crop it.

Thanks and good luck today-
The Editors


Reminder: Deadline TOMORROW

Hello everyone:

Just a friendly reminder that the following is due to your editor,
tomorrow at 5PM.

-The first draft of your story copy, 600 words.
-Your 5 best pictures
-Your 75-word bio
-Your 3 by 4 inch headshot
-The URL of your personal website
-An outline of the multimedia elements and sidebars for your page

Anne posted a question earlier on the blog about who was going to be
writing the headlines and teasers, and when those were due. The
editors have decided to write the headlines and teasers themselves,
so you are off the hook. That being said, you are welcome to submit
a suggestion if you so desire, which we will of course consider.

I also want to add that by now, you should have received the home
page design mock-up; comments are due to Rebecca Castillo by 5

Any questions, concerns, comments, worries--please contact your
editor, or take them to the blog and we can all comment.

Good luck!

The Editors

State of the blogosphere...

From PSFK:

Technorati's David Sifry has given an update about the state of the Blogosphere. His blog search engine, Technorati, currently tracks 27.2 Million weblogs, and the blogosphere continues to double about every 5.5 months. The blogosphere is over 60 times bigger than it was only 3 years ago. 75,000 new weblogs are created every day and 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created.

Here's the full report.

That is a LOT of bloggers!!! -Anne


Lives in Focus

This is more than a month old, but since several people in class brought up Kevin Sites a few weeks ago, I thought some of you might be interested in this article in the Online Journalism Review. It is about Lives in Focus, a multimedia blog about AIDS patients in India. It is a nice example of a what a freelance journalist can do. There's also information about how the project was funded.

Ad Scorecard

Just wanted to toot my own horn a bit. Take a look at this cool presentation WSJ.com put together on Super Bowl ads. You can view 25 of the ads that aired during the game and cast your vote for best and worst. (It's free to nonsubscribers.)


Question re: Wed. deadlines

What should the content of the 75 word bio be? Is it on us (for about page) or on the story idea? Where is the bio going on the site? And I guess same for photo...is that going on the about page?

Also, when we turn in our rough & final copy, do we need to write a headline and blurb, or are the editors going to do this?

Thanks! -Anne

DUY is GOOD(sometimes)

Or as I know and everyone will eventually know;
Duy will be the biggest instigator of them all

Talk Is Good

Hi all:

I am glad that this blog is already getting a lot of activity. I am sure that at the end of the semester, we'll all have a good chuckle about all of this early drama. Or maybe not.

Everyone should be posting to this blog -- not to waste your time, but so that your concerns and compliments are always voiced. This project is almost entirely your creation -- it will only succeed with everyone contributing. Also, this is the age of the blog, and this is good practice for those of you who don't have your own.

So, you should continue to critique, question, and occasionally compliment each other to make each issue stronger. Talking with each other (and writing in this blog) is the best way of preventing yourselves from becoming complacent. Criticism is good -- there is nothing wrong with Anne or anyone else voicing their concerns about the site. Jeff, Jen, Jennifer, and I fully encourage it. If you have particularly thin skin, this will be a great growing experience for you.

Looking forward to reading your stories.

-- Duy