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What TV news can learn from Jimmy Fallon

Some think offering TV shows online will undermine viewership by letting would-be watchers skip the broadcast. But Late Night with Jimmy Fallon posted all their best stuff online — and without that, he wouldn’t be hosting the Tonight Show.

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What TV news can learn from Jimmy Fallon

Some think offering TV shows online will undermine viewership by letting would-be watchers skip the broadcast. But Late Night with Jimmy Fallon posted all their best stuff online — and without that, he wouldn’t be hosting the Tonight Show.

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Going on camera? My first piece of advice

Communicating on camera is harder than in front of a crowd, because you’re trying to reach an audience that exists, but isn’t there. Here’s the key tip I figured out to reach your audience through the lens.

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Going on camera? My first piece of advice

Communicating on camera is harder than in front of a crowd, because you’re trying to reach an audience that exists, but isn’t there. Here’s the key tip I figured out to reach your audience through the lens.

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Digital Playground #2: Soundcloud as annotated audio

This time, SoundCloud. It’s designed for sharing music, and that’s how I encountered it. But I’ve been thinking about other uses for the timed commenting feature — as a storytelling tool.

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Digital Playground #2: Soundcloud as annotated audio

This time, SoundCloud. It’s designed for sharing music, and that’s how I encountered it. But I’ve been thinking about other uses for the timed commenting feature — as a storytelling tool.

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Digital Playground: Storifying Hot Dog Day

I’d never tried Storify, so wanted to practice on something low-key before trying it on breaking news. So here, curated tweets from CBC Vancouver’s Hot Dog Day. Which many, without irony, call the best day of the year at CBC.

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Digital Playground: Storifying Hot Dog Day

I’d never tried Storify, so wanted to practice on something low-key before trying it on breaking news. So here, curated tweets from CBC Vancouver’s Hot Dog Day. Which many, without irony, call the best day of the year at CBC.

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Riot night, ten months later.

I’ve been thinking a lot the Stanley Cup Riot this week, not just because the playoffs started again, prompting more discussions on policing and crowd control. I was excited for the playoffs last year. But 10 months post-riot? Not one bit.

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Riot night, ten months later.

I’ve been thinking a lot the Stanley Cup Riot this week, not just because the playoffs started again, prompting more discussions on policing and crowd control. I was excited for the playoffs last year. But 10 months post-riot? Not one bit.

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Who I think of on Food Bank Day

Today CBC is raising money for food banks in B.C., for the 25th year in a row. Every year, I’m reminded of a day in November 2004, when I was asked to go report on a family, with children, who were struggling.

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Who I think of on Food Bank Day

Today CBC is raising money for food banks in B.C., for the 25th year in a row. Every year, I’m reminded of a day in November 2004, when I was asked to go report on a family, with children, who were struggling.

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Digging complexity: an example

This is a follow up post after my talk to science students at UBC yesterday. The instructor asked for an example of using my science background to make sense of something complex. My answer on the spot wasn’t great, but

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Digging complexity: an example

This is a follow up post after my talk to science students at UBC yesterday. The instructor asked for an example of using my science background to make sense of something complex. My answer on the spot wasn’t great, but

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Is TV News Salvageable? A response.

To be fair, I should have known. Look at the title: “Is TV News Journalism Salvageable?” It presumes a thing broken, that may or may not be rescued from the alley before the garbage truck comes. But, I went, because

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Is TV News Salvageable? A response.

To be fair, I should have known. Look at the title: “Is TV News Journalism Salvageable?” It presumes a thing broken, that may or may not be rescued from the alley before the garbage truck comes. But, I went, because

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What if the middle man disappeared? (Or picked his battles)

What if mainstream media organizations gave up on covering anything that came written well in a press release? As in, if there’s enough in the release that “churnalism” could be practiced, it just isn’t.

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What if the middle man disappeared? (Or picked his battles)

What if mainstream media organizations gave up on covering anything that came written well in a press release? As in, if there’s enough in the release that “churnalism” could be practiced, it just isn’t.

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Canada’s beef-is-safe campaign, circa 2003

My thesis was on risk communication, using mad cow disease as a case study. I looked at the language media used to used to discuss the safety of Canadian beef after Canada’s first mad cow was found in May 2003. I remember that day vividly.

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Canada’s beef-is-safe campaign, circa 2003

My thesis was on risk communication, using mad cow disease as a case study. I looked at the language media used to used to discuss the safety of Canadian beef after Canada’s first mad cow was found in May 2003. I remember that day vividly.

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