Photo courtesy of Greg Sandoval/CNET

 

Only six years after Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim created the popular video-sharing site, the Hurley and Chen clunked heads together again to see if they can come up with the next internet phenomenon, announced by Hurley on March 24th at a discussion he participated at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in Manhattan.

Not one to reveal much details, when asked by a member of the audience, he only replied that they’re looking at what might be done with “the basic components that every Web site needs to get off the ground.”  He also said that he has contemplated ideas on what do to with indexing videos.

 

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Rumors are swirling around Katie Couric, saying that her intentions are to leave CBS when her contract is up in June. More rumors have it that CBS is focusing on replacing her with Scott Pelley, who is a correspondent for “60 Minutes.”  Reporting on the rumors, on Thursday and Friday, were the Los Angeles Times’ Joe Flint and The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz. Pelley has been with CBS for over two decades and has been a correspondent with “60 Minutes” since 1999.

Its is not clear on the reasons why Couric would leave CBS but she has been seen meeting with former NBC boss Jeff Zucker and it is also widely believed to be pursuing a daytime or syndicated show. On Tuesday’s David Letterman, she told him that she “could leave” the network, stating that she was “figuring out” what she wants to do.

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

Of all the photos of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the northeast coast of Japan on March 11th, 2011, the one above is something I don’t think I’ll ever forget. The photo, which appeared the New York Times on March 13th,  is testimony to how well the media has covered the crisis in Japan. Many people will look back and say that by every news organization having to update their first reports, they didn’t cover it well but that is not the case. By updating on a fast and reliable basis, the news organizations were able to get the information out that the public needed to know.

I attended the panel on Thursday, “Separating Fact from Fiction in the Digital Age,” which was hosted by Andrew Heyward. The panelists included Dan Gillmor, Tom Rosenstiel, Jeff Jarvis and Melinda Wittstock.

The discussion that the panelist was very interesting but they all said something that I can’t get past and that is that this is the best time to get into the journalism field. All of them were very positive saying that we would create our own jobs and save the journalism business from becoming non-existant. I understand where they are coming, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that I don’t think I’ve seen anyone more positive than the four panelists.  And because of this, I am having very mixed reactions. Part of me is very exciting that the top journalism heads who have years of experience are telling me not to worry, that I will create my own jobs. The other part of me is more nervous after the panel than I have ever been before. Saving the journalism business and creating my own job is not an easy task. They way they said it, though, was like it was no big deal; that I shouldn’t even be worried about it.

Part of me wants to put on my superhero costume and go out and save the news business, the other part of me wants to hide forever.

Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor Ricky Perry’s website.

 

 

Uh-oh, someone’s being childish.

Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has decided that his tweets are off-limits to all media. This morning, Dallas Morning News reporter Tom Benning and at least two other journalists, according to Poynter, realized that they had been blocked from Perry’s account.

When he realized what had happened, Benning said that the entire situation “gave me a good chuckle.”

Follow Governor Rick Perry @GovernorPerry.

And Governor Perry, if  you somehow come across my blog and happen to read this post, I would like to inform you that

1. You cannot hide from the media by blocking reporters from following your Twitter. Nice try, though.

2. I think its time to grow up.

Photo courtesy of Forbes.

I must say, I am very impressed with Christiane Amanpour. This woman is taking names and kicking butt, left AND right.

This past Monday, Amanpour was able to score the first U.S. interview with embattled Libya president, Muammar Gaddafi. Amanpour was also the first to nab an interview with then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

With her during the interview, were the BBC and the Times of London. I’m very impressed although the reporters had a difficult time getting any useful information out of Gaddafi, which isn’t very surprising.  Gaddafi denied any protests were taking place, saying “all my people love me. They would die to protect me.”

Continuing with his list of grievances, Gaddafi partially blamed the uprising on Al Qaeda and said he felt “betrayed” by the U.S. I think its safe to say that we can now add ‘delusional’ to the list of terms we use to describe Gaddafi.

The interview was aired first on “World News With Diane Sawyer” on Monday night.

It has come to my attention on my mediabistros’s daily newsfeed that the New York Times has contacted Ian Adelman, a great digital designer, to help makeover their wesbite.

The Times is hoping that this will give their website a new look and feel, attracting more readers on a daily basis.  The position of a digital designer at the Times has sat vacant since Khoi Vinh resigned in July to pursue freelance work.

Best of luck to Adelman! I like the look of the Times’ website, though. Not sure how much more user-friendly and interactive it can get.