It's 10 O'Clock Somewhere.

The long-awaited, much-anticipated and soon to be picked apart by
Jeff Gralnick issue of the New New Yorkers is now available at a
staging server near you.

But first, a word.

What you see tonight is a work-in-progress. Many things are still
coming along. Some of you are still working on videos and
slideshows, and haven't had a chance to finish, or to compress your
files, and so obviously, that work is not up here.

We are also not done with our work. The scavenger hunt and rally
story are not completed, neither is the site index, or the 'about us' page with the masthead. We are missing some photos (clearly, the
donkey photo is a placeholder) and some images (the multimedia link
will become a graphic). Also, there is a slight problem with web browser compatability that would be solved if the people at Firefox would just go away.

So bear in mind that this is very much a soft launch.

(One more thing. The homepage is a flash page with text for each subdivision, and it rolls over and swaps images and text and is quite lovely. But that's not what you'll see. You will see an HTML stand-in, without animation rolloevrs, and with inexact spacing and text, from which you will have to use your imagination. But I will be happy to show you the real thing anytime this week.)

In the next few days, the QA team are going to look at the
multimedia, and the sitewide pages. For now I'd like the
reporters to focus on improving their own stories. Anne sent back copy tonight, which is due Tuesday at 6PM. I urge you all to continue working on your stories, and to take the opportunity to discuss them with Anne, the QA editors, and me--along with each other. Duy has offered to review copy with anyone who is interested.

You have until Thursday at 9PM to perfect your multimedia. We will not extend this deadline any later that that. The other editors and I need Thursday night and all day Friday to make sure the site is perfect. This is non-negotiable.

We launch for real on Friday at 5.

So without further adue, welcome to the New New Yorkers...and give yourselves a mini-round of applause on your work thus far. We have much left to do, but we are really are coming along.




I have spent the afternoon going through tapes for the podcast, and I plan to finish going through the audio / picture submissions tomorrow. If you have a video that you have not yet submitted to me, please leave it in my mailbox on the sixth floor before 6 p.m tomorrow. After that, I will select from what I have and interview people I have footage of as of then.



Dan Gillmor

For those of you with a few spare moments, here's a link to Dan Gillmor's blog: http://citmedia.org/blog/. He's the guy giving the new media lecture on Thursday.

The Final Project

We are launching on Friday. So far, many of you handed in copy that
required significant revision, skipped the photo deadline, and
didn't hand in multimedia.

Perhaps you think I'm kidding when I say its unacceptable. But let
me be clear: we're not putting anything up on the site that doesn't
meet a high standard of quality. I would rather launch the final
project with six stories then put up badly edited video,
disorganized copy, and poor slideshows.

The way it looks right now, we WILL be cutting stories from the
final issue. And you'll have to work out with Duy what that means
for you.

So get your act together. I'd like an email from each of you today,
explaining exactly where your photos and multimedia are.

Final copy is due TONIGHT, at 10PM to Anne, copy me. Unless you
have come to me for an extension already, I expect your revised
copy to come in, on time.




I've decided on a new approach to get people to read my posts (lies about free food) ...

Anyway, I hate to sound like a broken record, but very few of you are actually following my production "requests." Use the new-media/new_yorkers folder for all final project work. Each of you has a folder within the working directory.

As of now, none of your work is being backed up because it's scattered in a hundred different places on the new media server. You are tempting fate...

Also, I still see tons of uncompressed video files from Issues 1 to 4. DELETE.

Thanks (again),

New Media Survey in the Economist

There is a good sequence of articles in this week's Economist on new media.

Here is the link:



Video Interviewing Solo

Because Jeff said to use this blog to bitch and vent, here goes:

Just wanted to say that doing this all by yourself is a little nuts. Today I interviewd this dude while holding the camera. Kind of felt like I was kissing a girl from a distance. It really does not work unless you have a really long tongue, which I don't. I'm not Gene Simmons yet. We are both Jewish, but that's where the similarities end. It's good I had the cordless mic so it didn't look like he was interviewing like a rock star. I've seen some of the videos looking like that.

Sweet dreams, kids.


Storage space

As I mentioned in class on Thursday night, and as others have pointed out, storage space has become a significant problem and will halt production altogether if we don't deal with the issue.

So, here's what needs to happen by tomorrow:

1) EVERYONE needs to login to both capture computers (the two closest to the printers) and delete any of your movie-related files that remain on the desktop.

2) Space on the new media server is also running low, and we're going to run out of space as people build movies and slideshows for the final project. Again, please go into your folders on the new media drive and delete all of the movie files that you created for the first four issues. As long as you keep the Final Cut project files, you will be able to recreate any old movies, if necessary, by reinserting your raw tape. (You, of course, will still have the compressed movies that were uploaded to the website, as well.) It is the uncompressed .mov files, however, that each take up hundreds of megs. Delete them.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.


VIDEO PODCAST of the Scavenger Hunt

Dear all,

I am making a video podcast using the video we all captured during the scavenger hunt. Please leave the tapes in my mailbox on the sixth floor. If you will be needing those tapes back (i.e., if you have important footage that you still need to work on), shoot me an email (skc52@columbia.edu) and I will arrange to put the tape back in my mailbox or into yours when I have finished with it.

For those of you who did NOT have a video camera, please leave the audio tapes in my mailbox if you used a marantz. You can put photos in my public folder online under the final project section.