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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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DFM chat on emerging trends in journalism



Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about emerging trends in journalism. From Facebook Signal to Virtual Reality to ad blockers and anything that's happening, including the rise of ad blocking. Let's get ahead of the curve. What are things to look forward? What should journalists keep an eye on? And what can journalists do in the meantime?


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hey man, slow down


*Start here.*

It seems that there is always too much to do and read and watch and write and click and get outraged about and debunk and upload and text and email and Instagram and Tweet and misspell and lose and forget and what am I talking about.
And it doesn't matter. The leaves will come down at their own speed.
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Spacing out



It's time to harvest (or at least pick) apples and garlic and pumpkins and cover our tables with gourds, our chests with sweaters and our heads with new ideas. A seasonal change is a great time to start new things and to get going on that project you've been sitting on for a while. 
Let's not get lost in space.
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Extra-terrestrials:
NASA says there appears to be water in Mars, though it has yet to be bottled and branded and sold at expensive restaurants.
Did you see the blood moon last night, or did you see the photos of the blood moon people posted?
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One video: "Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars."



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The Four:
* This popular restaurant owner wants to build this thing on Broadway in Kingston.
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One cat: 
http://newscatgif.tumblr.com/post/129802537987/when-i-learn-something-practical-from-an-onaconf


Yesterday's Internet, Today!'s assortment of links can be as cohesive as the rumblings of a lunatic from Mars. That's why you should get it in your email. 

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Actually, it ain't over 'til Yogi Bear dies



I have this habit where I try to squeeze as many links into my reading diet as possible, by bookmarking and saving for later and favoriting and subscribing to digest newsletters and on and on. As you might have guessed, I don't get to all of them, and a lot of those links and stories stay stored in my favorites or bookmarks or emails for a long time, gathering digital dust, until I do a seasonal cleaning and trash a lot of stuff. It's a very familiar pattern, but none of this is tangible.
I sometimes wonder how much time we spend managing intangible things that we'll end up trashing.
How many emails are currently in your inbox?
How many documents do you have on your desktop?
Why?
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Of mice and pizza

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

DFM chat on how to focus on audience and engagement

Always have a relevant image! Wait WAT?

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about how to focus on audience and engagement, especially when a newsroom doesn't have an audience and engagement editor. What is this? Who should do it? HOW?

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Through the ~content~ glass

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fading signs


If you go down Broadway in Kingston, you'll notice fading signs of businesses past, still trying to remind you that they were there, and that they literally left their mark in the city.
Is there a business that's gone that you were fond of?

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DFM Chat on the use of vertical video in mobile

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about vertical video! Why? Because phones! So what do you do with it? How can newsrooms handle them in articles? What do you do with videos after live streams via mobile apps? What about Snapchat?

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Headless Kingston


Perceptive Kingstonians might have noticed that "Untitled Head," a piece that was part of the Kingston Sculpture Biennial, has been replaced by a piece that was once located nearby within the property of what used to be the King's Inn.
Alas, poor"Untitled Head," ... a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.
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