Friday, July 27, 2012

When the road defines your destination.

I did not go to the Boulder Farmer's Market this week, as planned, to chat it up with the folks there and search for story ideas. I didn't make it there.

En route to the market from my parking garage, I had to walk past the library. I noticed a big group of people playing drums just beyond the library lawn, down by Boulder Creek. I stopped to see what they were doing. As I was watching, a soft-spoken woman sat down next to me on a bench. She looked different than the typical crew that hangs out at the Farmer's Market, promoting organic fruits and veggies. This woman had a fading red "A" tattoo on her left biceps, ears pierced with large studs, a big backpack and a leather jacket. She lit a cigarette.

What was her story?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

In which I try to "connect" with the "community" by asking people rather awkward questions.

Journalism is a constant treadmill-like quest to better represent and connect with the community. 

Several years ago, we launched MyTown Colorado, a website where community members can submit news, photos and videos. Some people still use it (I guess), but the activity has dropped off. And it is rarely (if ever) interactive with the actual reporters who write the articles in the paper. It's more of an independent portal.


Playing with time-lapse videos

Creative storytelling about the arts perfectly lends itself to time-lapse videos.
Why didn't I think of this before?

Granted, you have to set aside time to stay and watch an artist create an entire project, but for me, that was the plus side, not the downside.

With iMovie, making a time-lapse video is a no-brainer. Just film the process, convert the clip in iMovie and change the speed. This is at 1,500 percent, but you can go up to 2,000 percent. I could have even slowed it down to 800 percent, but we didn't have enough audio to run underneath. 

Here's a short little time-lapse ditty about a local woman making monotypes using an ancient etching press. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Modern ethical questions

Do you think it's OK to ask sources/people you write about to share the story you wrote on Facebook and Twitter?
If so, what is the proper way to phrase it so you don't sound like you are asking them a favor and then you're indebted to them forever and ever until the end of times?

We had a lively debate about this today, and I'm curious to hear other opinions.

Modern technology brings up some new questions.

A high-tech modern newsroom stops to debate technoethical issues.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Enter Phase 2: I never thought I'd be saying this...

...But I have been chatting it up with our circulation department.

Any news-slave knows we don't cross-pollinate with other departments. Eww. Cooties. There are people I've worked with in the same building, same company, for a decade who I don't know because they're not in the editorial department.

Marketing? I think we have that. Advertising? Forget about it; I know the staff at Wendy's better than our ad staff, and I have never eaten at Wendy's in my life because I think French fries are toxic grease sponges.