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  • How social media selfie teasers can improve your live shot

    We’re well past the stage where social media is just one extra thing reporters are being asked to squeeze into the finite amount of time they have before the top of the newscast. For multi-media journalists (MMJs) working without a videographer, shooting a selfie video to post on Twitter and Facebook is de rigueur, and, to be honest, should be required. Why would a TV station only post words when video is its currency?

    This spring, during my annual trip to San Francisco to work for a couple of weeks as an MMJ at KPIX TV, I recorded my share of social media videos, promoting my stories for the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. The more of them I did, the more I realized shooting selfie videos for social media is a great way for my broadcast journalism students at Syracuse University to practice doing live shots. Read more

  • Margaret Sullivan and Ben Smith will be speakers in a free online media literacy course

    Arizona State University’s online course on media literacy started on Monday, but you can still sign up to hear New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, among others. According to the course:

    You’ll learn to:

    Describe the changes that have transformed the way we create and consume media
    List essential principles for being an active media consumer
    Evaluate the tools and techniques of media creation
    Employ a “slow news” approach, especially as a consumer of news

    The free seven-week course is called “Media Lit: Overcoming Information Overload.” Poynter’s News University also has a number of resources on media literacy, which you can find here.

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  • Tech press runs like a predictable clock, says Silicon Valley flak

    Backchannel

    Aaron Zamost, the head of communications at Square, has articulated an interesting theory about the forces that govern the tech press. Basically, it boils down to this: Coverage of all tech companies follows a pre-existing narrative arc that waxes and wanes with the fortunes of the businesses.

    Here’s how he puts it:

    A company’s narrative moves like a clock: it starts at midnight, ticking off the hours. The tone and sentiment about how a business is doing move from positive (sunrise, midday) to negative (dusk, darkness). And often the story returns to midnight, rebirth and a new day.

    By way of example, he cites media coverage from a variety of different organizations, from Meerkat to Facebook to Uber. If the company’s any good, the tech press begins to heap attention onto the industry’s latest “shiny new toy,” (think Reserve) but that praise eventually curdles as the company gains traction. Read more


E.R. Vadeboncoeur

WSYR Radio and TV

Syracuse Journal

Mention the name E.R. Vadeboncoeur and it's his radio news broadcasts and Election Night commentaries that come to mind for many longtime Central New Yorkers. Long forgotten is that "Curly," as he was known to his friends, started out to be a newspaperman.

 

He got his first job on a newspaper after leaving Central High School and worked his way up to city editor at the old Syracuse Journal. When the paper merged with the Herald a few years later, he was offered a spot on the new Herald-Journal. Instead, he decided -- on the advice of his wife Orletta -- to switch to broadcasting by accepting another job offer at WSYR Radio.

The change made sense because Curly had been doing a Sunday night broadcast on WFBL called "City Editor" during his later years at the Journal. Soon after joining WSYR, he began doing noon-hour news and commentary every day. In the late 1940s, he successfully crusaded against a proposal for a city sales tax. (Years later, however, the tax became reality).

In an effort to help his listeners better understand what was happening overseas during World War II, Curly traveled to the Pacific for a month. He is believed to be the only war correspondent accredited personally by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Several times, he risked his life by flying in bombers on missions out of New Guinea to get a better feel of war.

In the early 1950s, several years after he became general manager of WSYR radio and television, Vadeboncoeur gave up his broadcasts to become more involved in S.l. Newhouse's plans to expand Newhouse Broadcasting, which owned WSYR. The expansion included purchase of stations in Harrisburg, PA; St. Louis, MO; Birmingham, AL; and Portland, OR. Curly traveled weekly to Harrisburg and once a month to the others. He also was involved in the development of Newhouse cable properties.

Meanwhile, he continued to appear on television every Election Night, analyzing returns for viewers after being introduced as the "dean of Syracuse newsmen."

As a boy, Curly Vadeboncoeur earned money to support his widowed mother by bicycling prints of films from theater to theater. His interest in theater led him to join Murray Bernthal to create the Famous Artists Series in 1946. The two men also launched a concert series. The following year, they inaugurated the star-driven Famous Artists Country Playhouse in Fayetteville, later expanding to East Rochester and Watkins Glen.

Vadeboncoeur served as president of the Upstate Chapter of American Cancer Society, was awarded the Simon LeMoyne Medal by LeMoyne College, and chaired numerous Red Cross benefits.

Even after Newhouse sold off the television stations and then the radio stations, E.R. continued to preside over the Newhouse cable enterprises almost until his death in 1986.
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:26 )
 
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Karel "Bud" Vanderveer

Herald-Journal

Herald American

Shortly after graduating from Syracuse's Central High School in 1939, Bud Vanderveer joined the Herald-Journal. However, it wasn't until he returned from service with the U.S. Army in World War II that he began covering sports full-time - the career that made him one of the most respected and best-known sports writers in New York State.
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