WUSA to Hire 'Multimedia Journalists' Who Work Solo

For decades, TV journalists have worked in teams, with the lines of responsibility regulated by union rules or simple tradition. Stories were covered by a crew consisting of a camera operator and a correspondent (and further back, by a sound or lighting technician); their work was overseen by a producer and their footage assembled into a finished story by an editor. But technology — handheld or tripod-mounted cameras, laptop editing…

Character-Assasinations-Ain't-Us

Fascinating follow-up to Wednesday’s story about the Linux advocate who posted a bitter diatrabe lamenting the ignorance of a teacher who confiscated a student’s Linux disks and wrote a heartfelt (if misguided) letter insisting that giving away software must be illegal. “Why did you throw me to the wolves like that?” I didn’t even have to think of the reply. “I didn’t throw you to the wolves Karen, I threw…

Annals of Education: Most Likely to Succeed

After a long anecdote about how hard it is to predict the pro playing ability of college quarterbacks, this New Yorker article focuses on details that characterize effective teachers. While I was initially bored by the sports introduction, I ended up being fascinated by the play-by-play commentary of scenes from the classroom. Another teacher walked over to a computer to do a PowerPoint presentation, only to realize that she hadn’t…

Virtual Worlds News: Holocaust Museum Launching Kristallnacht Second Life Exhibit with Involve

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has cooperated with a game developer to produce a Second Life memorial to Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass,” a series of state-sponsored anti-Jewish riots in 1938). I haven’t visited the site yet, but it looks like there’s a deliberate attempt to distance the player from the experience, by casting the player in the role of a journalist who investigates a site after the pogroms have…

KFC Sink Trio Finger Lickin' Fired

That may be the best headline I’ve seen on all the coverage related to the KFC teen girls sink bath MySpace photo story, but note that the <title> of the page is the more informative “KFC Bath Prank: Three Girls Fired From California KFC After Bathing In Restaurant Sinks.”  The photos themselves are silly, rather than particularly racy (for bikini pictures, anyway), but I’ll let you find them on your…