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In case you were wondering… What did I learn at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism?

In case you’re asking, it’s NOT a zero-sum game. Reverse the publishing process and voilà, print and digital are friends again
I’m amazed that the question, “Is Print a zero-sum game?” still so frequently pops up in publishing circles, but inevitably it does. (In fact, many major monthly magazines in Asia don’t even have websites because they don’t see value in an online operation.) I don’t believe the two mediums are at odds with each other. […] Read more – ‘In case you’re asking, it’s NOT a zero-sum game. Reverse the publishing process and voilà, print and digital are friends again’.
The editor-turned-publisher and his editorial longings. Or why I want ELLE in Vietnam to outlive us all. Or what makes a great editor? (Not that I know)
As the sense of accomplishment from launching ELLE magazine in Vietnam has been replaced by my desire to create something lasting and longer – something bigger than my own energy and/or ability can produce, I’ve begun thinking more about what makes a great magazine. I’m proud of ELLE Vietnam’s editorial quality and that advertisers have […] Read more – ‘The editor-turned-publisher and his editorial longings. Or why I want ELLE in Vietnam to outlive us all. Or what makes a great editor? (Not that I know)’.
How going to journalism school made me a better businessperson
Yes, the jury is still out on my skills as a businessman. I have only been working as country manager for Ringier, a Swiss publishing house, in Vietnam since July 2009. But after six months, I can’t tell you how often I refer back to core journalism techniques (in an attempt) to be a better […] Read more – ‘How going to journalism school made me a better businessperson’.
I’m a “Jon Rickey.” No wait, I’m a “Don Sinkey.” No wait, I’m selling advertising in Vietnamese cooking magazines
On July 1, 2009 I began the position of country manager of Ringier’s Vietnam office. The easiest way to describe this work is to imagine I manage a media startup business, although Ringier (a Swiss publishing company) has been in Vietnam for nearly 17 years. I’m here to help build up Ringier’s portfolio of online […] Read more – ‘I’m a “Jon Rickey.” No wait, I’m a “Don Sinkey.” No wait, I’m selling advertising in Vietnamese cooking magazines’.
In case you were wondering… What did I learn at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism?
This post started out rather ambitious. In fact, it was always intended to be several posts i.e. ” What I learned in:” RW1, NYC24, business and economics reporting, Ken Leher, etc. But I should have known better. I’m already in Vietnam, managing a new media startup by Ringier and it’s been impossible to find the […] Read more – ‘In case you were wondering… What did I learn at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism?’.
How to cover the rich? Robert Frank, author of “Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich”
Robert Frank (whose detailed coverage of the super-wealthy offered up a glimpse into an unknown (and new) world) gave a casual lecture about how to cover the rich at today’s Business and Economics Reporting class. I thought I’d share a few of his “pearls.” Frank still writes a blog about the wealthy at WSJ. He […] Read more – ‘How to cover the rich? Robert Frank, author of “Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich”’.
Can design save newspapers? Probably not, but I thought this work flow process could
My classmate Karn Dhingra passed this link along. I loved it. First, I work for a Swiss publishing house and relate closely to expanding into Eastern Europe/Asia. Second, I absolutely love redesigning magazines/newspapers/Web sites. I’ve had the pleasure to redesign several products while working with Stephane Carpentier, Ringier’s art director, at City Weekend. To see […] Read more – ‘Can design save newspapers? Probably not, but I thought this work flow process could’.
Movie trailer to the documentary Hoop Knight
I’ve always said that the best way to learn film editing would be to work in a course or company where the only objective would be to make cinematic trailers for hypothetical movies. It challenges you tremendously to condense a film down to a few compelling scenes and sounds. Personally, I’d love to make a […] Read more – ‘Movie trailer to the documentary Hoop Knight’.
This just in: What is news?
I can’t/won’t put my finger on what should pass as good or bad design or storytelling after just one month with Duy and Carla. But I will admit that I have a much better understanding of, “What is news?” now, an understanding that I frankly do not think I grasped well enough at my old […] Read more – ‘This just in: What is news?’.
This CMS is for you
CMS presentation for magazines View more presentations from ctcrowell. One of the highlights of my time here at J-school has been meeting Cyndi Stivers, currently the managing editor of Entertainment Weekly. Stivers launched Time Out here in New York as publisher and is now teaching a class on magazine production at the J-school. We met […] Read more – ‘This CMS is for you’.
What passes for news these days
Many new media students signed up for NYC24.com to work with Professor Duy and Carla Baranauckas on improving our video storytelling techniques. Few of us understood that the class was less video work and more multimedia production at the time. (Disclaimer: I missed a video technique class two weeks ago to report on a NYC|24 […] Read more – ‘What passes for news these days’.
In case you weren’t listening, how to fix your crappy video, put a song over it!
I filmed this video of my family’s backyard bonfire with a point n’ shoot while visiting home over the winter break. (Kate, here’s your shout out.) It features my girlfriend, Kate Drance, my father and some new and old friends who are traveling across the country on a luxury touring bus. (Thanks Aric, Tim and […] Read more – ‘In case you weren’t listening, how to fix your crappy video, put a song over it!’.
Uh, why does a Coke cost less at the B-School than the J-School?
It seems that since I started taking classes at the J-School last August, I’ve been excited about taking classes at the Columbia’s B (or Business) School this January. In fact, I keep telling people (erroneously) that I’m earning a master’s in new media publishing, as if that existed. To quote George Constanza, “It’s not a […] Read more – ‘Uh, why does a Coke cost less at the B-School than the J-School?’.
Ten things I’ve learned so far making my master’s project: www.hoopknight.com
Ten things I’ve learned so far making Hoop Knight (they are not in any order and there are certainly more to come) I’m lucky to work with Chris Kieffer. Really lucky. Works hard and knows his stuff better than most. (Chris, you need a Web site.) I can buy, host and manage my own domain […] Read more – ‘Ten things I’ve learned so far making my master’s project: www.hoopknight.com’.
Come on Frontline. Let’s see if your documentary on how far New Orleans has come since Katrina gets the ball rolling again
Comes out on January 6, 2009 on PBS. Geaux Martin. Read more – ‘Come on Frontline. Let’s see if your documentary on how far New Orleans has come since Katrina gets the ball rolling again’.
Could this be the culmination of my fall semester’s video editing efforts?
Whipped up this video asap before Columbia J-School’s Lucille Ball. My cousin Mark Burns, who is a freelance editor for shows like Barbara Walters, A&E docs, VH1 and more helped out. So I can’t take all the credit. Video cracks me up. But dunno about you. Mark did a great job deconstructing the Journalism doc […] Read more – ‘Could this be the culmination of my fall semester’s video editing efforts?’.
Faced with a moving chef in a busy kitchen unable to answer tedious questions on the rising cost of food in New York, I learn how to record a phone conversation on Skype. Now you can too.
New media publishing requires being able to plan, source, edit and upload with speed. Yadda yadda. If you’re new at this or like me, you’ll often have this awesome photo slideshow only to lament your lame audio actuals. While, it’s not ideal, you can bolster your slideshow or even your video by calling your source […] Read more – ‘Faced with a moving chef in a busy kitchen unable to answer tedious questions on the rising cost of food in New York, I learn how to record a phone conversation on Skype. Now you can too.’.
10, no wait, 9 reasons to lie when you’re a journalist. Okay, not really.
I had this fancy new manifesto prepared to display here only a few short hours ago. But despite my best intention, today’s Critical Issues in Journalism lecture and its subsequent discussion ruined what surely would have resulted in a new dawn of journalism ethics. Instead, you’ll have to settle for another set of flawed (but […] Read more – ‘10, no wait, 9 reasons to lie when you’re a journalist. Okay, not really.’.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure OR the importance of storyboarding
After nearly five hours of photographing and recording the NYC bocce finals in Staten Island, I spent another eight hours+ editing the material down to create this two and half minute long slideshow. It’s still too long, in my opinion. [Post edit: Class review of slideshow was positive, however, everyone, including myself, agreed that there […] Read more – ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure OR the importance of storyboarding’.
Browsing the web does not make you a good reporter. Damn
Duy (pronounced “doo”), began New Media Newsroom quickly today. We were in a hurry and had to go over Google Maps and each team’s profile assignments. He started with an example of crime statistics in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Crime rate in the neighborhood had doubled and many residents and rookie journalists were quick to assign […] Read more – ‘Browsing the web does not make you a good reporter. Damn’.
I hate the iPhone but today, it may have indirectly contributed to my career in journalism
First, let me begin by saying, don’t buy the new 3G iPhone. As I write, I am sure I’ll soon regret smashing it into a million little pieces. “HULK DOESN’T LIKE TO EAT MASH POTATOES!” (Right Kate?) I bring up the iPhone, as once again, its alarm functionality failed to wake me up today, sending […] Read more – ‘I hate the iPhone but today, it may have indirectly contributed to my career in journalism’.
Five reasons why the Pulitzer website fails to heed lessons in online publishing
Whoa, is that the website for the most prestigious award in journalism? For an industry struggling to reclaim its esteemed position as the champion of truth, freedom and the public good, the site, Pulitzer.org, which honors the most distinguished reporters and publishers in journalism, appears to be dramatically behind the digital times. Five major shortcomings […] Read more – ‘Five reasons why the Pulitzer website fails to heed lessons in online publishing’.
Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk routine. Oh so funny.
Download it. Mike Birbiglia’s “sleepwalk with me” Read more – ‘Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk routine. Oh so funny.’.
Biden vs. Palin Debate – Who is not to be underestimated?
Despite this impressive look at Biden in Congress, I am forecasting that Palin as McCain’s VP pick will prove to be the make or break for the GOP party in the coming election. (Thanks Emily for the Youtube find.) Biden may be energetic, knowledgeable and passionate but in terms of public perception, there’s no more […] Read more – ‘Biden vs. Palin Debate – Who is not to be underestimated?’.
Check out my first short Final Cut Pro assignment
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Do I share my thoughts on Columbia’s use of eminent domain to seize remaining properties in West Harlem?
Columbia’s use of eminent domain to seize remaining properties that allegedly stymie its expansion plans in West Harlem is getting a lot of criticism in the news. In a short day book assignment for Professor Goldman’s RW1 course, I covered the first public hearing held this week by Columbia and Empire State Development Council. The […] Read more – ‘Do I share my thoughts on Columbia’s use of eminent domain to seize remaining properties in West Harlem?’.
Disastisfied with one more thing about the iPhone, I set off to make my own ring tones. Here’s how
Don’t buy the iPhone. But if you have already, and you find yourself upset that you have to buy ring tones or only use the ones preloaded on the phone, then try this solution to create your own. Again, the Google machine played no small role in discovering this feat. Check out this page for […] Read more – ‘Disastisfied with one more thing about the iPhone, I set off to make my own ring tones. Here’s how’.
If you only have a few minutes to refute the entire Republican National Convention, watch this video
Thank you Jon Stewart. Read more – ‘If you only have a few minutes to refute the entire Republican National Convention, watch this video’.
Is Columbia Journalism playing catchup with the Internet?
I’ll probably be skewered somehow for this, but before introducing Columbia’s new Dean of Academics, Bill Grueskin, Dean Lemann recounted that when the School of Journalism set out to revamp it’s famed School of Journalism six years, it failed to consider the role of the Internet. Yikes. Am I the only one that considers this […] Read more – ‘Is Columbia Journalism playing catchup with the Internet?’.
Barack Obama’s acceptance speech transcript visualized into a wordle
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“StoryCorps’ David Isay talks about listening” with Columbia J-Schoolers or how I feel either ashamed or inspired… Or both
Last night, after hastily filing the Student Mentor Request form, I showed up five minutes late to David Isay’s lecture in the main lecture hall. It’s easy to blow off these late night (started at 6pm) lectures, should you wish, but as Isay’s lecture revealed, you are potentially missing a critical moment in preparing for […] Read more – ‘“StoryCorps’ David Isay talks about listening” with Columbia J-Schoolers or how I feel either ashamed or inspired… Or both’.
Hello world! Let’s keep this one for posterity’s sake
I begin a long and arduous journey into the WordPress mines. Read more – ‘Hello world! Let’s keep this one for posterity’s sake’.
When good reporting and dead whales collide
This is my first foray into personal web publishing. I’m going to start with a video of a news report out of Oregon covering a dead whale washed up on shore. And yes, an ambitious beach clean up crew decide to blow it up with dynamite. Read more – ‘When good reporting and dead whales collide’.