Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tough Love

At the end of a losing game, a Sturgeon player gets a lecture from his coach.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Ode to Will Srite

Jay Lederman, left, 11 and 3/4, and his brother Alex Lederman, right, 7, enjoy the last moments of unseasonably warm weather in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, March 1st. Swinging, said Jay, "makes me want to go home and eat a BLT," his favorite sandwich.

Moments, moments, moments. Here's to the endless searching for them.

Ode to Jenn Whitney

La Nelle Young, who describes her age as 16-plus, attended the Hickman High School Luau to "forget the misery and cold of February in Missouri." Oh, Jenn Whitney you would have loved it, and probably would have shot something better than I did, in my five minutes there.

Video God

Richard Koci Hernandez's recent post on multimedia shooter rings true to me:

"Why not stop wasting money on video gear, new laptops to support your purchase of FCP, shotgun mics and expensive delivery systems like Maven or Brightcove, hours and hours of training (if you’re lucky), plus hours and hours editing on FCP, when all you really need to do is spend a few bucks on Soundslides. The viewer doesn’t know or care if the image moves like video or is a well paced audio slide show, they want a good story. Period."

He's not advocating abolishing video-- just being realistic about its place in the newsroom. This reminds me of a recent class in staff/editing at the Missourian. Our conclusion, in the face of not-so-stellar video from "convergence", was that our only option is to produce superior stories that are visually compelling. With our cameras and little audio recorders. And it can be done.

As soon as POYi is over.