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Daily Freeman Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about journalism, living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Journalism and social media at #140confHV

Thursday, September 29, 2011

After the Deluge KDC musical Fundraiser

UPDATE: Mark Marshall informs:

"So the final total we're distributing to relief organizations, after buying folks that beer and paying for posters, is just over $1100.00 - plus half a carload each of food and essentials for caring hands / queens galley."
"not too shabby."

Indeed.
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After the Deluge, is a night of music in support victims of the recent floodings in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, took place on Wednesday at Keegan Ales in Kingston.
All proceeds that were collected at the event will go to:
Ulster: The Timber Lake Foundation
Delaware: The MARK Project
Greene: Community Action of Greene County
Schoharie: Schoharie County Community Action Program (SCCAP)
Sullivan: Frost Valley YMCA – rebuilding fund
Catskills Region: Red Cross (South Central NY and Northeastern NY disaster relief)

If you couldn’t attend, you can still donate here.

Here's the replay of the event.


Video streaming by Ustream
Video streaming by Ustream

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

JRC Chat on Facebook changes

Good morning! Members of the Journal Register Company's Idealab - and everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon.

Today we're talking about Facebook changes and what it means for journalists and journalism.

The live feed is posted below. But you can also follow the chat here or here or also here. And you can also check out past chats over here.

If you want to chime in, just post a tweet with the hashtag "#jrcchat" so it can automatically appear below, or post a comment in the field at the bottom of the chat box.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don Draper Presents Facebook Timeline

Youtube user EricLeist mashed a "Mad Men" episode (the one about the Kodak carousel) with some images about the new changes on Facebook and the result is pure magic.

By the way, if you can't wait, here's how to activate Timeline now.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Twitter word cloud

Word cloud of my Twitter feed made with http://www.tagxedo.com, my new favorite word cloud tool.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Woodstock Film Festival virtual print program

View the program in a LARGER WINDOW.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

'Important questions' answered

A week ago, in a column, I tried to guilt Kevin Cahill into reading the Freeman and joining Twitter so that he could give information to his constituents directly.
I also created a quasi-humorous interactive questionnaire to gather some information and have some fun.

Well, the results are in. And, to ease the understanding of the issue, I've created some helpful infographics.

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS FORM: ANSWERS

This documents includes important question because that's what it says in the title.





 • What’s the best way for you to find such information?








 

Should we have apologized for sending other tweets that were videos of cute cats? 


What’s a tweet?
Will Kevin Cahill read the Freeman, ever?



There actually is a Ben and Jerry’s “Schweddy Balls” ice cream? 


 


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Election planning

This document was updated constantly during yesterday's primary elections

Basically, all you would have had to do to get new result was hit refresh.

The document is an iframe (think of a window) of the Ulster County Board of Elections site.

I don't think you can get live results faster than this.

What do you think about doing something like this for the general election?

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JRC Chat on Storify: The Storify recap



If you are new to Storify, I recommend CHECKING THIS STORIFY!

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JRC Chat on Storify

Good morning! Members of the Journal Register Company's Idealab - and everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon.

Today we're talking about Storify, an online tool which aims "to help journalists, bloggers and experts curate and present the best of the social Web’s real-time content."



I've been using the tool for about a year now, and I've found that curation is but one use. I'm hoping we can use the chat to dredge more uses (and tutorials) and share them.

The live feed is posted below. But you can also follow the chat here or here or also here. And you can also check out past chats over here.

If you want to chime in, just post a tweet with the hashtag "#jrcchat" so it can automatically appear below, or post a comment in the field at the bottom of the chat box.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Disaster relief links

It's not over until it's over.

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Gordon Elliott wants you to come to the Freeman Sessions with Stella May

The Freeman Sessions with Stella May takes place Sunday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the home of Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood home, Oak Terrace, in Clermont in Columbia County.
And Gordon Elliott ("Oz" -!?) wants you to come.
The event, "Dinner at Eleanor’s: A Moveable Feast," is being presented by Green Peas TV to benefit The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill and ARCS, AIDS-Related Community Services.



I toured the property recently, and it's creepy and awesome.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sept. 11 in my mind


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Friday, September 9, 2011

FEMA's social media resources

For the skeptics, a press release.


SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE
ALBANY, N.Y. - Emergency managers can say a lot in 140 characters.
New York State Office of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency use social media tools Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. 
You can receive the latest disaster recovery updates and information on how to prepare for emergencies from the following social media sites:
·         Twitter - www.twitter.com/NYSEMO
o   Twitter.com/fema
o   http://mobile.twitter.com/fema (available on mobile devices)
o   FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate tweets at twitter.com/CraigatFEMA
o   The Ready Campaign, which helps people prepare for emergencies. It links to www.ready.gov and tweets at twitter.com/Readydotgov.
o   FEMA Region 2, which includes Albany, tweets at twitter.com/femaregion2
·         Facebook
o   Facebook.com/fema
o   http://m.facebook.com/fema (accessible on mobile devices). Users must "like" a specific agency's Facebook to receive updates.
·         YouTube
·         Google Books
o   FEMA uses Google Books to share some of its publications in an easy to access, free online format.
·         Mobile Website - m.fema.gov
o   The mobile website allows for preparedness and disaster-related information to be delivered directly to a smartphone. Users can also apply for disaster assistance.

FEMA Blog - blog.fema.gov. The blog provides a place for agency senior leaders to discuss the current topics of the day. It also encourages open conversation and comments by users.
For official information, go to www.dhses.ny.gov/oem and www.fema.gov for disaster and preparedness information. At the FEMA site, you can find these online tools:
o   RRS/Date Feeds -www.fema.gov/help/rss.shtm
o   RSS/data feeds provide automatically updated information as soon as it's available.
·         Widgets- www.fema.gov/help/widgets. Widgets provide information through web-based graphical interfaces. The widgets can be placed on personal and business websites, allowing visitors to those sites to access updates FEMA information.
·         Multimedia Library - www.fema.gov/medialibrary. The Multimedia Library contains all of FEMA's videos, photos, and audio files.
·         Email Updates - www.fema.gov/help/getemail.shtm. Email Updates provide information delivered directly to your inbox. FEMA never sends unsolicited emails and the public can choose which updates they would like to receive.
FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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After the Deluge benefit set for Sept. 28 in Kingston


From our friends at the Kingston Digital Corridor.
"So normally, our monthly get-together is a friendly networking and catch-up event.
"Not this time. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that our region has been devastated by Hurricane Irene – followed by days and days of torrential rain. People have lost their homes, their stores… towns have lost roads, and whole downtowns. Farms have been lost. People are desperately in need of help. 

"On September 28th, KDC and the Ulster County Musicians Network will be doing something to help out. After the Deluge is a night of music in support of these folks. Thanks to our friends at the Watershed Post, we’ve found verified flood relief organizations in Ulster, Schoharie, Greene, and Delaware counties – the whole Catskills region.

All proceeds from this event will go to them. We’re asking you to pay what you can, but $15 bucks or more at the door, and the first beer is on us. We’re not maintaining a list of artists here, as it’s growing faster than we can keep up. But regardless of who ends up playing, it’s going to be a great night of music, and it’s for the worthiest of causes.


So please come out and show your support for your fellow Upstaters.

After the Deluge takes place Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Keegan Ales, 20 St. James Street Kingston.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Daily Freeman front pages, Sept. 2001

Here's a collection of front pages from the Freeman from Sept. 12 to 21, 2001:
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Digital First Media, the beginning

Journal Register Co., the parent company of the Freeman, announced Wednesday the creation of Digital First Media Inc. Here's some news and reaction from the web.
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JRC Chat on disaster coverage

Good morning! Members of the Journal Register Company's Idealab - and everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat at noon.

Today we are talking about storm coverage in the aftermath of Irene.

The live feed is posted below. But you can also follow the chat here or here or also here. And you can also check out past chats over here.

If you want to chime in, just post a tweet with the hashtag "#jrcchat" so it can automatically appear below, or post a comment in the field at the bottom of the chat box.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Irene live blog non-stop since Aug. 27



Our friends at the Watershed Post are STILL compiling and collaborating to bring you post-Irene reports from across the area, especially the Catskills, and they've gotten some very nice deserved press for their efforts ("hyperlocal" - hahaha!) and have kept the post-Irene issue alive and will do so until this is over.

Anyway, Julia Reischel and Lissa Harris have been sharing reports from government organizations, media (including yours truly since Saturday, helping with info, tech and stuff) but, most importantly your posts.

I'm posting this again because it was buried with all the other Irene-related posts below.

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Report your post Irene Catskills issues with SeeClickFix

Here's a handy widget you can use to report your post-Irene related issues with SeeClickFix: 

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