December 17, 2009

Transitioning to a digital news world

Transitioning from a print to a digital news world from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

JD LasicaIf I were starting out in journalism today, I’d probably opt to work for a Web-based publication — or start my own — rather than learn the ropes at a newspaper. Because those ropes are becoming increasingly frayed.

We’ve been checking in periodically with young people in the journalism field to get their take on how they’re dealing with the enormous changes taking place in the mediasphere.

One such person who immediately impressed me is Sharon Vaknin, a student at San Francisco State University journalism-logoand a producer/gadget guru at CBS Interactive’s CNET.com. She discusses her entry into journalism, broadcasting and the news business in this 6-minute video interview shot at a busy intersection in San Francisco.

Sharon says she’s “not really worried about” the future of the news business. “Web 2.0 has given us the opportunity to be more collaborative,” she says. “Because online is so collaborative right now, news will never disappear.”

She points to innovative programs like the New Media Lab and Visioning Summit as helping in the transition between traditional print journalism and its digital future.

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August 29, 2009

Photos from Seizing the Moment

Ben Jealous

JD LasicaSpent Friday at Seizing the Moment, the sold-out, end-of-summer Garage/Summer Institute at San Francisco State University featuring a rich array of speakers who provided training in multimedia, new media, social media and more. I gave a 90-minute Social Media Bootcamp with Susan Mernit, and I’ll post the presentation on Monday.

Above is Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, whose talk ended the conference. (I enjoyed meeting him and admire his work.) Here’s an 11-picture photo set of Seizing the Moment.