8 Blog Commandments

Dear Blog Contributers/soon to be contributers: As a follow up to what I discussed at the PCC meeting, here is a blog checklist for things people can keep in mind when they post to the blog. A version of this is also posted to the Programming and Communications Folder, under the Blog section. Things to make sure you do when writing a blog post: 1. Compose the post: Use lots of short paragraphs instead of one long paragraph (if you are quoting from another source, edit it down/summarize if it is too long. 2. Add a lot of links. 3. Make the title direct and catchy. For example, Damon Griffin did not title his summer reading exhibit post “Books to read this summer” he titled it, “Summertime, Living’s Easy.” While this is catchy, a more direct title might be “Summertime, reading’s easy.” 4. If you are adding a photograph: Either drag it directly from the window in to the body of the post (this works for images from google), or use the photo upload icon—the square at the top of the post box—if it’s from the hard drive. 5. To Embed a Video: If it is too long to upload with the video upload icon, please refer to Karen for help. This will involve going in to the html. 6. Before submitting the post for review, proofread for spelling and grammer. 7. Add categories this post pertains to, and at least 3 tags. 8. Comment on other posts as often as you can. More comments means more discourse.

Recording Studios open for business at the DMDS

The Digital Media Design Studio (DMDS) has two recording studios available for student use. Based on your equipment needs, you may be required to book an appointment with a DMDS staff person while using the audio and video recording studios. Studio Guidelines 1. No food or beverages are allowed in the studios. 2. All users of the studios must have a current NU ID. Audio Recording Studio- Room 208 The soundproof studio seats up to five people comfortably. Software includes GarageBand and Logic Pro. Hardware includes a MacPro, a 4-channel Mackie mixing board, an Oxygen 8 USB midi keyboard, and a condenser microphone. Video Recording Studio- Room 210 The soundproof studio accommodates individuals and small groups. A green screen is mounted on the wall. A professional quality three-point lighting kit is also available for use by appointment only, in the DMDS. The Video Recording Studio can be used simultaneously with the Audio Studio, depending on your production needs. Copyright and appropriate use Use of the DMDS is governed by NU’s appropriate use policy and by copyright law. For more information consult this link:

New Journalism?

Rebecca’s post and its ideas about how the ways we read and think may be changing led me to want to share a recent article about how journalism is changing in these ways too.  It focuses specifically on the figure of media blogger Jim Romensko, and it’s written by Howell Raines. One quote really stuck out to me:
Newspaper publishers assumed that even if the printing press disappeared, the internet would still have an insatiable need for their basic product-verified facts, hierarchically arranged by importance. But Romenesko’s rapid growth showed that even newsrooms are part of the emerging market for an unprocessed sprawl of information, delivered immediately and with as few filters as possible between the fingertips of one laptop user and the eyeballs of another. In short, it’s not technology per se that’s killing newspapers; it’s plummeting demand for quality information.
What do you think? Sometimes I worry that I too, have developed a taste for new, unverified and immediate information-I feel panicked by the thought that something hugely significant could be happening that I have no idea of, but I must find out about it right away.  Or do you think that Raines has a biased (and possibly bitter) view? Roy Harris, author of Pulitzer’s Gold spoke about the history of public service journalism this spring, as part of the Library’s Meet the Author Series.  He specifically talks about Howell Raines, Gerald Boyd and the Jason Blair scandal.     

From Homicide to Hope

Please join us for Thursday’s FOCUS (Forming Opportunities for Collaboration, Understanding, and Service) Forum-From Homicide to Hope: A Community Approach to Reducing Youth ViolenceJack Levin, Professor and Co-Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, student Alex Alvanos ’09, Co-Founder of Social Change through Peace Games, and Emmanuel Tikili, Director of Programs for the Boston TenPoint coalition, will lead the discussion.  The program’s goal is to inform the Northeastern community about issues that affect our neighboring Boston community and to provide the attendees with resources that empower them to serve the community and to act. Attendees will leave the program with more information on what exactly they can do to reduce youth violence.  This forum is sponsored by Northeastern University Libraries and the Northeastern University Center of Community Service.

Thursday, May 22 @ 4:30 pm

90 Snell Library

Teaching with Technology

On April 29th I will be making a poster presentation on Teaching with Video: Preproduction planning and Post Production resources for YouTube presentations. My coworkers Thomas and Andrew will be leading the afternoon breakout sessions. Here is the website to learn more about the conference. This will be held on campus at the Curry Center and Attendance is free for Northeastern attendees. If you are interested just register to attend.