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Co-workers Colin Mulvany and Rich Landers teamed up again to produce this story about 60-year-old mountaineer Kay LeClaire’s conquest of Mount Everest. Watch through to the end; it’s worth it.
It’s about 4 p.m. on a Friday in the newsroom. We’ve got a reporter and a photographer back from the arrival in Spokane of 50 American Eskimo dogs from a puppy mill in Kennewick, Wash.
We’ve got about eight photos and some audio. I’m asked to put it all together in a slideshow. And I couldn’t be happier. I’ve always loved the edit process best, so when good material lands in my lap, I feel like a kid at play. Compression issues kept me a little late, but I was able to pound this one out fairly quickly. My reward was pretty good traffic over the weekend.
Click on the screengrab below to view the result at spokesman.com, where you’ll also read about how to adopt one of these dogs. See that yawning puppy? He’s saying either “click me!” or “pick me!” You might just be lucky enough to do both.
I’ve got a lot of catching up to do on this blog.
I spent the first half of May traveling in Central Europe. Pleasure, not business. So I think I’ll ease back into this with some photos from my trip. I recommend clicking the full-screen button in the lower right of the player.
I spent about six days in the shining city of a thousand spires. I used to live there, so this trip was mostly about revisiting favorite places. But I did make it to Terezin, a former concentration camp I’d never visited.
I’d never been to this city, and I fell in love. I almost stayed. The food, the people, the thermal baths, the Unicum. So much to enjoy. Getting there was an adventure, as a short-notice rail strike nearly left me stranded at the Slovakian border. A kind family gave me and another American a ride to the town of Esztergom, however, and told us what bus to take into Budapest. A memorable beginning.
Links for December 15th through December 16th:
- Detroit’s big news as seen from a key design insider – SND Update – Matt Mannsfield gets some extra dirt on Tuesday's big newspaper shakeup in Detroit.
- Spot.us – Story: Bay Area Cement Plants and Global Warming – A good example of package reporting and entrepreneurial publishing ideas. Let's hope we see more of this; let's hope that it can sustain good journalism.
- Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists » Blog Archive » TNTJ December: Building an online brand – some tips – "Forget Facebook, Bebo, MySpace etc, LinkedIn is the professional networking site and it can be used by potential employers to find you and see who you are and what you do."
- Today’s Thought: What/who will be left to rebuild journalism? | The Journalism Iconoclast – This is a humbling reflection. But does its author assume too much?
- Google Reader (579) – On administration of Twitter accounts: "For now, I'm trying out a service called Tweetlater that automatically follows people that follow @commoncraft and sends them a quick "thank you" message. It's not as personal as I'd like, and some spammers are using it for nefarious purposes, but it allows me to accomplish the goal of following people without having to take an action for every one. It's lightweight."
- Tomorrow’s News, Tomorrow’s Journalists » Blog Archive » TNTJ December: Marketing yourself online – your byline is your brand – "Feel uncomfortable with all this talk about you? Well, get used to it, this is the age of self-promotion, and we’ve just gotten started."
With the morning off, I’ve had the luxury of spending more time with my feeds. Not surprisingly, the area of focus today is on the election.
Rather than post a lot of links individually, I’m buying in bulk. Here are two aggregations of online resources to help you watch the election results stream in. Go past the jump to see live results from MSNBC’s embeddable widget.
Links for October 29th through November 3rd:
- Where to Get Live Election Night Coverage Online : CyberJournalist.net – I can't believe spokesmanreview.com didn't get a mention!
- Twitter Vote Report : CyberJournalist.net – A civic-minded application of Twitter. Would love to see somebody follow this and evaluate its efficacy.
- washingtonpost.com – TimeSpace: Election – Great idea. Novel way of organizing a huge volume of stories and photos geared toward a neational audience.
- Link Once, Publish Everywhere: Publish2 Launches Connection to Twitter and Delicious » Publish2 Blog –
- What’s the Difference Between a Blog and a Web Site? — contentious.com – "If you think you’ll want to do more than blog, choose a platform that will let you expand. If you think you’ll want things like a forum, video library, or wiki, you’re probably better off building a site in on a more full-featured platform like WordPress, Drupal, Movable Type, or Expression Engine."