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How To Start Your Own Video Production Company

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 Written on michael's blog


  More than one hundred people showed up at The Guardian in London for our very first HOW TO START YOUR OWN VIDEO PRODUCTION COMPANY seminar. We had never done one of these before, but we had a feeling that there was an appetite for this. How right we were! Everyone in the media understands that we are in a unique moment of Creative/Destruction. New technologies are rapidly destroying old careers.  Just ask anyone who works for a newspaper. But where's the C

The Future of News

Posted on September 21st, 2014 Written on michael's blog


  A few weeks ago, my friend Jeff Jarvis, who runs the Town Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY invited me to speak at a conference on The Future of News. Unfortunately, I was scheduled to be in London (where I am now), but I asked if I could participate by video. The video above is the 'participation'. I was sorry to have missed the conference.  It's something I care passionately about - The Future of News. As my friend Steve Safran, one of the fou

Tags : Jeff , Jarvis , TV , News , CUNY , The , Future , of , News

Warning! Lawsuits! Be Careful Out There!

Posted on July 24th, 2014 Written on michael's blog


  I have been writing blogs for about seven years now. I used to us a lot of pictures to illustrate the points I wanted to make.   These were mostly images I found on the web. If I was talking about a 'Revoution' in video, I might use a painting of the French Revolution. There was so much stuff on the web. All I had to do was 'Google' image search and there were the choices. It made the pieces nicer to look at, I thought.

Robots To Start Writing Stories for the AP

Posted on July 1st, 2014 Written on michael's blog


  Pulitzer Prizes 2020: " I want to thank all the little people who helped...." Poynter reported today that The Associate Press will start using robots to write business stories.    AP will announce Monday that it plans to use automation technology from a company called Automated Insights to produce stories about earnings reports. The software m

Tags : Robots , AP , Business , News

CBS NEWS IS PATHETIC! PATHETIC!!!

Posted on June 30th, 2014 Written on michael's blog
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  CBS News announced with great fanfare that their correspondent Margaret Brennan (above) had "Produced, shot and reported live from Baghdad!" Here's the story from Media Bistro: On her iPad!!! Amazing!! What an achievement!!! The video is... in a word... terrible. Shaky. Messy. If she worked for me, I would pull her off assignment and put her through the 4-day video training

Tags : CBS , News , Margaret , Brennan , Iraq
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