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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, March 30, 2016

DFM chat on online comments and annotations

Journalists, Digital First Media peeps, anyone who wants to are going to be taking part on our Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.

Today we are revisiting an evolving and lively issue: Online comments! *ducks under table*

What is the most constructive way to promote good online comments and/or annotations? Starting with the assumption that you do want to have a conversation around your site's stories and other content, what is the best way to present them?
Or are they doomed from the start?

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There are at least four ways to ~comment~ on this topic today! You can use Disqus at the bottom of the post (they're  not moderated, so be nice. I do get an email for each one); you can use #dfmchat on Twitter or use the ScribbleLive container below; or you can annotate any part of this post using Genius. Just select any part of the text here and go wild. There are other creative ways to comment, of course. Why don't you share those ideas with us?

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Bob Dylan played pool in Kingston, but where?



"Bob Dylan playing pool, Kingston, N.Y., 1964." reads the caption on a photo of by Daniel Kramer, who followed Dylan for a year starting in Woodstock.

I stumbled upon that factoid on a recent Google alert. I masochistically send myself alerts for all things Kingston N.Y., which mostly leads back to news items from local news sources, and also out of town obits and police items related to Kingston natives or people who live here, and the occasional gem like this.

As I'm wont to do, I took to the power of the crowd to find out where in Kingston this photo was taken. There was nobody to ask about this here on a very quiet Easter newsroom Sunday. It would have been easier to scream across the room, after all, but it was not to be this time. 


Over at the "I'm from Kingston" Facebook group. I was informed that this was on the second third  floor of the Clermont building, on top of what used to be Bop to Tottom, which is the red on the 360 image above. The first floor, will become a larger Duo Bistro. It was Uptown Billiards at 293 Wall Street in Kingston.




That's Mercury Rev's Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiak  in that tweet..

Kramer shot the cover of Highway 61, among other things.


Among those other things shot by Kramer, is a photo of Bob Dylan playing chess in Woodstock. 
Time to yell at the cloud again.
Where in Woodstock was this photo taken?


Uptaded 3/29 at 11 a.m. Matt Cahill, in the comments, points out:

The pool hall was not on the second floor of the Clermont building,but the 3rd floor.The 2nd floor was Eng's chinese restaurant,and prior to that it was Shanghai Lou.The pool hall was woned by Nick Caslich and later by Bob East.
Managing Editor Tony Adamis reminded me that former staffer Jesse J. Smith (now with the Kingston Times) wrote about this a while back. I was able to track the story to the microfilm and the disk in the building, and I've reposted it online, because it was removed online at some point during a site migration.

I've also found the David McDonald's "Bob Dylan in Woodstock" segment from the 2006 documentary. "Woodstock Revisited," also embedded below.


Bob Dylan in Woodstock from David McDonald/Filmmaker on Vimeo.

The town supervisor adds:





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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

DFM chat on guidelines for covering news in social media

Breaking news and/or metaphor


Journalists, Digital First Media peeps, anyone who wants to are going to be taking part on our Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.

Today we are talking about covering breaking news on social media. What guidelines should reporters, without editors, have when publishing information? How do you deal with real-time verification? What tools do you use to maximize coverage and not have to worry about tech? Bring your ideas, tools and #realtalk!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The travails of an informed sense of place



I wish I had a treatise about the toils and tribulations of torments
but I don't.
I'm simply here and happy to be.
So when things look difficult I cherish existence a little more, with a tinge of the necessary sadness that helps inform my sense of place and privilege.
With that in mind, Let's move forward.



Post text - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

The algorithm giveth




One of the difficult things of figuring out the right way to present ~content~ on social media is that the platforms that host the content change all the time, and their goals don't necessarily align with those of media types. As more and more producers become more dependent on forces outside of their control, they lose the ability to showcase their offerings.

You can't make up the rules when you are playing someone else's game.

At the end of the day, distilled from all tech and rules and lines of code, the best stuff (hopefully) ends up on top.
It's always a race, but where we go is up to us.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How to cover a live event with a portable 360-degree camera




The possibilities afforded by limitations

The key to working with limited time and resources is knowing what they are, and using them as a clearly defined starting point.
You know what you have. You know what you want.
You know what you can do. And you know what you want to do.
That way, instead of being caged by your limitations, you can use them to hack your way into new workflows and paradigms.
The path is clear, especially when you are the one who's making it.
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Friday, March 4, 2016

The incessantly distracting blathering of unremarkable silence



Wanted silence is the best— a island found after spending too much time in the sea of noise.
The isolating nature of unwanted silence, on the other hand, can be a frustrating staring contest with emptiness, or worse, a downward spiral into a subconscious shouting match between fear and doubt.
How you choose to fill your silence depends on your circumstance and state of space. In any case, you can always make a small noise, audible or spatial, and be done with it.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lady called the newsroom








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DFM chat on live news video


Journalists, Digital First Media peeps, anyone who wants to are going to be taking part on our Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.

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Today we are talking about live video! What are the best platforms to use that are easy to use and help maximize audience? What tools do you need for desktop and mobile? What are the potential risks and rewards of such endeavors? Say hi in a live video platform of your choice!


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