Friday, June 22, 2012

Two very opposite sides of the mojo

Here are two ways that technology can help you report.

1. The structured yet intimate way.

I set up an appointment with piano superstar Peter Kater (who helped spearhead the genre of New Age music). In his house. I chatted with him while he cooked his son noodles for lunch. Then he played for me (OK, for the greater public, but I was the only person in the room) in his living room. The experience was about as intimate as it gets as an entertainment reporter.

More modern than modern Lois Lane

Looking for an inspiring modern journo? You need to know Lauren Boyer:

She is so hip to the mo-joing that she makes me feel like I am still using a dial-up phone without caller ID in my office or something.

Which I basically am.

Surely, the ancient records that adorn my desk don't help. Chalk this up as one more reason to get out of the office and into the world you're writing about. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

ReporterTube: The ups and downs of story-telling with video

I imagine the features journalist of the future to have three qualities:

1. She will do everything. There will be no print-TV-web-radio-photography division. Everything will be online. In order to make it, you need to be a one-woman newsroom, and be able to tell the story alone, with no supervision or team or office.

2. She will dress like this: