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YouTube Direct

YouTube Direct is the newest thing YouTube has developed. YouTube direct was developed so news organizations can connect with the public. The hope is to allow an easier way for citizen journalists and media news organizations to share info to the general public.

The YouTube Direct website states, “YouTube Direct allows you to embed the upload functionality of YouTube directly into your own site, enabling your organization to request, review, and re-broadcast user-submitted videos with ease. News organizations can ask for citizen reporting; nonprofits can call-out for support videos around social campaigns; businesses can ask users to submit promotional videos about your brand. With YouTube Direct, the opportunities to connect directly with the YouTube community are endless.”

Personally I think this is a good thing. People already submit their at-the-scene-footage to news organizations this will just make it easier, I think???

The only thing is I’m sure sooner or later in our sue-happy country someone will find a loop hole and try to sue for the use of their footage but I’m sure YouTube has thought of this already and is prepared, or at least we hope they are.


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Check out the story of the Dundalk Eagle on the “Behind the Scenes at the Dundalk Eagle” page.

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Hear a tweet, there a tweet, everywhere a tweet, tweet

In the last week Twitter has added two new applications for users. The first application is adding lists to your page. The lists allow you to categorize your friends, family, co-workers or any other category you want to come up with. This is useful if you are looking for a particular person and you don’t have time to look through all of your tweets or the people you follow to find them. Some Tweeters may not have this application yet because they were distributed to a limited amount of accounts but I’m sure it will be coming to a page near you soon. 

The downside to this is that when you press to retweet you cannot make a comment, you just automatically retweet the message. That takes some of the fun out of retweeting. You can still retweet the old fashion way of RT and then cutting and pasting the tweet, but I know that is like so five minutes ago.

I’m sure Twitter will figure out a way sooner or later, on how to make a comment before the retweet, on the retweet button.

Twitter also has things popping up on the page when the curser moves across the page, telling the viewer where the retweet came from or the fact that the retweet source cannot be identified. That is a little annoying.

I hope Twitter does not go overboard with too many things. I like things to be simple sometimes or I feel like my head will explode.

What do you think do you like all the pop ups and craziness or do you like things simple sometimes?


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Politico’s new venture

cc_politico_metro_david_boyle_dcThe creators of Politico, an online political website have announced that they plan to create a local news website for Washington D.C. from scratch. They believe they can have the same success they have with Politico on a more local level of D.C.

This would defiantly be competition for the Washington Post, whose numbers in readership and sales have went down, for the newspaper, 6.40% since the year before, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations report released last week. Some are thinking it is crazy for a company to start up a news website in these harsh economic times and in the times when the media is going through such changes.

The only good idea in this is that the new, news outlet would be online. It is suppose to focus on local news and the politics. Isn’t that what they already do with Politico, accept more nationally, but really Washington is at the center of most politics in the United States; so what is the difference?

It should be interesting to see how this plays out since there are also several newspapers in the D.C. area already; both locally and nationally.

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New reports on readership for newspapers; the results may be surprising


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Two very important pieces of information came out this past week for the newspaper world.

The first one is by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. This report showed that out of the top 25 daily newspapers in the US, one newspaper had a gain in sales and readership. The paper with the gain in sales and readership was the Wall Street Journal. Every other top newspaper had decline in sales and readership and it wasn’t a little decline. The declines look hefty.

The second piece of useful information came from the National Newspaper Association which conducted a survey about the readership among local papers. The survey concluded that weekly community newspaper readerships are at 81 percent with 73 percent of the people say they read the whole paper.

Hmmmm…so this brings up the question is it just daily papers who are struggling with readership or are local weekly papers having trouble too?

Do you find yourself reading local weekly newspapers more than daily newspapers?

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Twitter banned in the sports world

ESPN was continuing to talk last night about the ban of tweeting before, during, the middle, or right after the game. North American sports ranging from the NFL, NBA and the NHL have banned tweeting.

One issue that has come to light this season is the fact that Larry Fitzgerald’s brother was tweeting during a game about Kurt Warner, who is Fitzgerald’s teammate, later Fitzgerald’s brother said he was only joking.

The ban could also go onto Facebook and would not be limited to just the players. The ban will involve coaches and other personnel. The reporters for ESPN were banned from using twitter as a means to report on the news in early August.

It amazes me that technology has become so big and so incorporated in our lives that changes have been made to the sports world.

I am torn on the idea on banning tweeting. On one hand I think the players need to be focused on the game and on the other hand I think the players should have the freedom to do what they want.

What do you think?

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extra, extra, get all your news in one place: Google Fast Flip

Get your news all in one place with Google Fast Flip. Google Fast Flip allows the viewer to look at several news websites at the same time. When a story catches your eye you can click on the page and then read the article and be led to another story. You can choose your topics and sources you would like to be led too. You can also customize your own section with topics or news sites that interest you.

Ben LaMothe, who writes a blog for Online Journalism Blog, likes the idea of Fast Flip. Paul Bradshaw, who also writes for Online Journalism Blog, does not seem as overly enthusiastic with the whole idea.

Now for me, I think it is a nice application, to be able to see the front page of all of the websites I enjoy to looking at in one place. It is also nice to go to one site and get all of the news I want. But wasn’t that what Google News was for? Why was there a need to produce Fast Flip? And if you refer to the previous post, the CEO of Google was saying they were not trying to hurt the newspaper business. So why make a site that simulates turning or flipping pages.

To me it looks like Google is trying to compensate to the readers out there who like to turn the pages.

What do you think of Google Fast Flip? If you haven’t checked it out, check out the video below or check it out yourself and come back and let me know what you think. The mobile version is available of iPhone and Android.

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