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Spring 2008 New Media Class

December 31, 2007

Journalism 63 Spring 2008

Spring Semester Class Blog
Here is the class blog for my Journalism New Media Class for Spring 2008. So far 16 students have enrolled, so it looks like we have a class! More information is here:

  • The class is officially MCOM 63, Section 03 / APSC 63, Section 03
  • Title New Media
  • Dates: Wednesdays, 1/23/2008 – 5/13/2008
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:45
  • Location: Dwight Bentel Hall 226

Audacity for Podcasting

October 25, 2007

Audacity Essentials PDF

Audacity Essentials
We will be talking about Audio production for podcasting. This document is about how to use Audacity to edit audio tracks for Podcasting

Off on Vacation

June 2, 2007

Thunderhead over Mount Shasta

Thunder over the Mountain
This is what I saw on my way north. It was not that long after this that I was driving through hail so hard and so furious I was afraid it would break my windshield. The hail sounded like pieces of gravel being peppered on the glass. It was both frightening and awesome.

I will be back on June 18. Vacation Posts Are Here!

Edwards coming to SJSU

May 29, 2007

John Edwards is going to be in San Jose next Thursday to meet with local supporters, and he would like to invite you join him. Space is limited, so I hope you sign up to reserve your spot right away .

Here are the details:

  • What: “Small Change for Big Change” grassroots fundraiser with John Edwards and you
  • Where: San Jose State University Student Union, Loma Pietra room One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192
  • When: Thursday, May 31st

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15
*Cash bar*
RSVP to reserve your spot online

This is an important event, because it’s our first “Small Change for Big Change” grassroots fundraiser.

It’s very expensive to reach out to voters in early primary states and across the nation. But the trouble with the usual fundraisers is that they are only open to those ready to write huge checks—and this campaign is built on reaching out to everyone.

So John asked his campaign to organize this series of grassroots fundraisers for supporters who share our passion but may only be able to spare $100, 50, or $25 dollars. In fact, for this Thursday’s event, tickets are just $15 each.

This campaign is about working together to achieve truly transformational change for our country and our world. We’re about creating a world where to every man woman and child in America has the quality health care they need, where no child here (or anywhere) has to go to bed hungry, where the planet and its people do not have to face the ravages of global warming, and where our men and women in Iraq are swiftly brought home to a hero’s welcome.

Is this all possible? Can we create that world? Yes. But not without you.

If you’d like to join us in this great effort, John would like to meet you this Thursday and talk to you about what’s next. We really hope you’ll be able to make it.

Here’s the link again to RSVP to reserve your spot online

New Media and Newspapers

May 25, 2007

There is a good blog post by Andy Kessler on newspapers and new media. Kessler sums it up pretty good, “Media, after all, is about owning a pipe — some conduit between the creation of news or entertainment and the eyeballs that consume it.” This is worth reading. The problem, as I see it, is that the lower profit margins that Web 2.0 disruptive startups like Craigs List can thrive on are non-starters for established media outlets. They have to be able to make the kind of return on investments that their former business model allowed just to be able to pay their bills. How can they invest in new media technologies that do not yet have established business models, especially when they have so much overhead?

Sample of Final Project

May 21, 2007

Podcast in iTunes

A sample of what you should see
This what the final product looks like in iTunes. Here is a sample vlog. You note the “chicklet” in the top right that links to the RSS feed you created in Feedburner. Feedburner converts your vlog into a podcast. It is like a language converter. The chicklet links to your Feedburner feed and allows folks (like me) to subscribe to your vlog as a podcast. When everything works right the vlog/podcast will be able to be viewed in iTunes. Note, on the vlog, how each episode has a short description. This is important for viewers to be able to make sense of the resulting pocast in iTunes.

Your Clock Is Ticking!

May 21, 2007

If you need help with the final project, the bell is ringing midnight. Do not assume I will be able to help if you just walk in. Check my schedule! My calender is here.

Final Project

May 21, 2007

You are running out of time if you do not have your final project done. If you have not finished you are advised to get all your videos done and posted to your Blogger Blog before you create your Feedburner feed. Then, when you create your Feedburner feed, Feedburner checks your Blogger Blog when it creates the RSS/Podcast feed. Once that is done it may not check it for quite awhile for new content. This is why I had advised folks to complete this assignment by midnight last night.

I have advised folks to post their content to the class server. There are other ways than the one I have advised to complete this assignment. For example at least a couple of folks are trying to follow the process recommended by Freevlog to post content to But, your content must be in an iTunes compatible format! Apple’s “.mov” Qucktime format is the one that is recommended. By default, Blip converts all videos to a format that is not iTunes compatible.

If you do this assignment any other way than what was advised in the class, you are on your own! Your best bet is to get your videos to me as soon as possible for posting to the server. If you have not done this, do this now. You are already late!

It is important to know there are potential gotchas in the Freevlog recommended process for posting video. To understand what these are, and why these are, you need to understand the nature of this assignment is that your podcast must work in iTunes. The Freevlog process seems to focus on open source RSS/Podcast readers like Fireant and Democracy. There is an almost philosophical aversion by some proponents of open source solutions to proprietary solutions like Apple’s iTunes. So, their tutorials may not be compatable with this final on this topic.

NOTE: Converting content from a non-iTunes compatible format to one that is iTunes compatible means using a program that does file conversion. I bought that program! You CANNOT do this conversion by merely changing the last three digits of the file name.

Bike to work day

May 17, 2007

Cameraphone Post: It is bike to work day
Did you ride your bike to work today? I did, and it was a great day to ride. This energizer station was set up at the corner of Fourth and San Fernando on the northwest corner of SJSU. They had coffee, fruit, powerbars and cake as well as a bag and handouts for all cyclists. What a great way to start the day!

A Mother’s Day Story

May 15, 2007

A mother's day story

My older son’s are now grown men with families of their own. This video, taken from family movies and told from their mother’s perspective, shows the world when they were little as told to the music of Heather Sullivan.