My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 1, 2012 2:59 am
#waywire, Cory Booker’s Personalized News Startup, Uses Video To Give Youth A Voice

As big of a fan as I am of Cory Booker and his tendency to actually DO things, I really don’t see this taking off, much less changing anything.  The only “millenials” it would appeal to already have their resources and just because the reporters are in that age group it doesn’t make them any less biased than the current media.  This basically combining youtube and rss feeds in terms of delivery, really not the revolutionary idea journalism needs on the internet.

June 27, 2012 2:12 pm
"Saying that you’re going to make something “interactive” or launch some “video” is not the same thing as thinking about the medium. The medium is: app or web. Mobile or desktop. Kindle e-single or iOS in-app purchase. Facebook integration or push notification. These are the media channels that have yet to be thoroughly understood and colonized. If your thinking about the medium begins and ends with what you can stick on a web page, you’ve lost already."

Christopher Mims, Technology Review. What’s Wrong With Almost Every Old Media-Inspired New Media Startup.

Mims lists companies he believes get it (eg., Newser, and the Atavist), writing, “Notice that what all of these examples have in common is that where they’re really succeeding isn’t the web. If you think you have the money and clout to be the next Huffington Post, be my guest, go “innovate.” But the web is a surprisingly mature medium, and old-media pundits turned new media hucksters who think they’re going to tell anyone else how to launch a sustainable business there are emperors sans clothes. New media companies that will succeed are founded by two kinds of people: technologists, and media people who think like technologists.”

June 22, 2012 2:10 am


An App to Build Your Own Newscast

Knight News Challenge winner Watchup is a curatorial iPad app that allows users to build their own newscasts by self-selecting a series of news stories. Think along the lines of Pulse News but with video.

via Nieman Lab:

Pick 10 stories from 10 channels, then lean back with your morning coffee and watch as the stories roll past without user intervention. Channels cover topics like finance, technology, breaking news, business, and other news categories. The app comes preloaded with 10 channels, but users will be able to customize from a list of about 40 total.

How they hope to make money:

Farano says Watchup plans to generate revenue from pre-roll ads that will air before videos, and the plan is to give news organizations a cut. The trick will be to create an interface that’s appealing enough to users that they’ll abandon engrained habits and be willing to watch ads that they might otherwise be able to avoid. Farano argues it’s also an ideal solution for news organizations like The Wall Street Journal that find they can’t produce enough video to meet advertising demand.

Its funding will come as a venture capital investment rather than a grant.

FJP: Could be wonderful, could be tricky to sustain. Check out the other Knight news Challenge winners here.

More proof that the news in the information age is aggregation-based.

June 13, 2012 8:54 pm
Why we need to blow the article up in order to save it

This reads kind of like a journalism-focused version of Tim Berners-Lee’s linked data TED talk.  The internet has definitely evolved how we are capable of telling and consuming stories.  It has gotten a little annoying rereading the background story on something you have been following from the beginning in every article about it.  This seems to fit with the technological cycle of fracturing and then centralizing, the question is what approach could centralize an article written in a fractured manner?  Have aggregation sites like TechMeme already answered this?