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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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween on the web

Friday, October 28, 2011

How to make an Election Day problems widget with See Click Fix

Visit http://seeclickfix.com/widget

At bottom, click on “Generate Map Widget Now!”

Add your desired location. (600 for JRC sites or 600 for this blog, for instance). Make sure you select “Report Form” on “Make a primary tab”




Add your contact info.

Click "generate widget", get your code and post in your site.

As I was told by my managing editor, "it's so easy, even an editor can do it." It should look like this:





The best part? You can share it with your blogger networks and everyone else. A true crowdsourced effort. What do you think?

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

How much snow? This much

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Google Maps now acknowledges the existence of Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge

Remember the Before Time, when Google didn't map anything using the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge?
After contacting them, the services has update their mapping. Now it's like this:


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But the memories, they will live on:

Yay!

Let's celebrate by watching a 1980s Pepsi commercial shot in Kingston!

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The Goatpocalypse of Kingston

JRC Chat on open journalism

Hello! Members of the Journal Register Company's Idealab - and everyone else who wants to - are currently taking part on the weekly Twitter chat, which started at noon.

Today we're talking about open journalism: Opening the newsroom (physically), story budgets, contacts, even API!

But what's API? Exactly.

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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Monday, October 24, 2011

Awesome Kingston playground .. OF DOOM!!!

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Guess where this is and win a free condescending reply!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

JRC Chat on live blogging

Hello! Members of the Journal Register Company's Idealab - and everyone else who wants to - are currently taking part on the weekly Twitter chat, which started at noon.

Today we're talking about live blogging news events: what to cover, how to do it and what are the best practices.

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, October 18, 2011

Horrible reactions to horrible Halloween column

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Digital journalism chat at SUNY New Paltz with Ivan Lajara ... Wait! WHAAAAAAAAA????

I'm going to be a guest journalist/speaker/panelist/something at the SUNY New Paltz Journalism 2 class with Adam Bosch (of the Times-Herald-Record-Gazette-Advertiser-Chronicle-Journal-Thing-Stuff) and Professor Nancy Meyer Heiz (who leads the Little Rebellion) to talk about digital journalism awesomesauce.

The guys over at the Little Rebellion are covering the event live, so they can chronicle a potentially epic failure.

It should be fun. The event takes place at 8:30 a.m. sharp. So don't miss it!

Or miss it and the read the transcript later.

Or don't.

Whatever, man.

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Your reaction to #OccupyWallStreet #KingstonNY

If there's going to be more than 150 gathered anywhere in Kingston, there's going to be some buzz on social media. Here's some of the reaction from today's Occupy Wall Street rally in Kingston:

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Irrelevant, awesome livestream highlights

From the Kingston Budget unveiling: 'The only person who wants change is a baby with a wet diaper'

"Deadline is NOW!"

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Google Maps doesn't like Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

What's the closest way from Kingston to Rhinebeck?
Let's ask Google Maps!


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What's the closest way from Kingston to Tivoli?

Let's ask Google Maps!


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FAIL!
So what happens if you want to go from the actual Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge to, say, Kingston? An Epic FAIL, that's what:
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I've put a ticket with Google and will let you know about the resolution.

UPDATE! Google Maps Teams responds:
"Your Google Maps problem report has been reviewed, and you were right! We'll update the map soon and email you when you can see the change."

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Fun with the Qwikster fiasco

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Apple Tree

Infographic originally published on Mashable.com, found via

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My 10,000 tweet

JRC chat on live blogging

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 live blogging news events: what to cover, how to do it and what are the best practices.

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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