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Briefings as we go

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Down to the wire

"Whatever it takes," the final ad of the Bush04 campaign, was altered digitally to make the crowd seem more solid. Look in the circles and you'll see that the same soldiers appear more than once. Daily Kos offers a bigger version. A recut and corrected version was made after the campaign admitted the alteration. Both campaigns have offered end-of-campaign Web-only videos. Check Road to Victory and Tomorrow, Americans Will Face a Choice. Some quick-cut editing resulted in this amateur, unofficial anti-Bush short of the "Bush-Cheney Debate." Here's the link to the "Sample Florida Ballot" we talked about today. This is one of several versions I've seen circulating on the Web. For a round-up, check out Best Humor of Campaign 2004. And all you Jon Stewart fans will probably want to tune in to his live Election Night Special beginning at 8 p.m. (better doublecheck that time, though). Posted Monday, Nov. 1

Where to begin?

I've been laid low by the flu, but the Web's been popping. There are two timely, helpful sites if you want to keep track of newspaper endorsements for the candidates. One is a daily compilation put together by Editor & Publisher, and the other is a blog.

Before I gave in and went home, we checked out some Web events that have become something like landmarks in this election year: the e-mail ad campaign put together at DearMary.com and focused on Mary Cheney, and the "Dean Scream," which raced across the Net in various forms and had an arguably large effect on Howard Dean's quest for the presidency. The original is here, and thanks to Jonathan Barlow (who gave permission and sent me the link), you can access the most famous of the remixes by opening it in our JRN425 folder. In his blog, he describes how it came into being. "Ok, well, it had to be done," he writes. One interesting article (on an ABC site) describes how the broadcast "scream" distorted reality. USA Today and many another paper chronicled the clip's "cult-like status" on the Web. Posted Friday, Oct 22.

And it's over!

I've found three sites that are doing some sort factchecking, all of which use the term as part of their name. I'm sure there must be more online sites like this; if you know of any, please let me know. Here's what I've got so far: CNN Factcheck; Annenberg's Factcheck.org; and Fox News' Debate Fact Check. MSNBC announced a Truth Squad, but I can't find it anywhere. Help? Posted Wednesday, Oct. 13


And so it goes...

The campus was awash with energy and color today, not to mention Bush/Pinocchio dolls. MSNBC and CNN crews broadcast live; fans of the candidates cheered live, too. And on cue. / So did you see how Hardblogger's being promoted? The banner in the pic below was hanging just outside Memorial Union, across from MSNBC's stage. Alas, we haven't shown up on the blog yet. / On News3 tonight, there was footage of CNN's Paul Begala crowd surfing. Check here for CNN's On the Road broadcast schedule (live at 3 today and Wednesday at ASU). Judy Woodruff, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Paula Zahn are taking us through the day.

Let me draw your attention to a New York Times slide show by photographer Stephen Crowley. "These are some of the faces and places that Senator John Kerry saw over the last two months if he happened to look out the window as his campaign motorcade rolled by," he writes in the introduction. Nice idea, nice execution. To find the link, scroll pretty far down on the page and look in the second from the right column. Posted Tuesday, Oct. 12

Moore wows crowd in Tucson, due Wednesday in Tempe

News3 reported Monday night that 15,000 fans cheered Moore on, while protesters massed (didn't get a count) outside the hall. His "Slacker Uprising" show is intended to motivate people to vote (against Bush, if he had his way, but you knew that). / President Bush is due in the Valley 11:25 Tuesday morning. Sen. Kerry's due Wednesday morning. Bush will be staying at the Royal Palms. Will either of them dine at Flip Flops? / Take a look at the latest work from Nancie Dodge (click on the plus marks in the navbars): story template, home page and table of contents. Comment welcome; these are in working stages. / Check out the new Debate blog, part of the converged-media project. Posted Monday, Oct. 11

Bustle bumps up a notch in downtown Tempe

The Republic has it that "at most, 3,000 members of the national and international news media are expected in and around Gammage Auditorium." The influx should start today as everyone repositions from last night's debate in St. Louis. Prize goes to the first one of you to spot a "name" journalist and talk to him or her. How's about asking how online journalism has affected his or her job? Speaking of the Republic, how many of you agree with me that the graphic used for the "For Dummies" section of the Web site is sexist and mean and plays on a stereotype?

So the story of the moment is about Bush's jacket bulge. An un-Photoshopped image clearly shows a rectangular box between President Bush's suit jacket and his back during the Miami debate. Internet speculation this past week ("Is Bush wired?) has it that it was a hookup to Karl Rove, backstage, who was feeding the president answers. The Bush campaign says, in effect, "Box? What box?" and denies its existence. Posted Saturday, Oct. 8

Minutes ago on the Leno show...

a new cartoon from the makers of the tremendously popular "This Land is Your Land" (remember that one? the equal-opportunity offender?)debuted on late-night tv. If you want to see it, head to jibjab.com. New Fiore one, too. Posted Thursday, Oct. 7.

Ads, blogs, e-mail and life in Iraq

Paul Colford of The Daily News reports that Carrie ads are appearing on many a politcal Weblog. He says it shows how big ad bucks are being aimed outside the major media. It's fun, too. The ad clicks out to a parody site, VoteCarrie.org. Speaking of blogs... I came, too late to follow along as it was written in real time, upon New York TImes reporter Katharine Q. Seelye's debate Webcast. It's like having a friend reporting back to you in hushed tones from a cell phone in a packed room. In fact, she was watching CNN at the time.

Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi e-mailed a friend her description of life as a journalist in Iraq. The note found its way to a blog and thence rapidly to other sites, sparking considerable discussion. It was circulated on at least two journalism listservs. Richard Read, writer for Fassihi's former hometown paper, the Oregonian, says the situation illustrates the dangers of e-mail and hurts her credibility as a journalist. Farnaz is now on, um, vacation, according to WSJ comment. An entry in Romenesko's blog/column contrasts that action with the slap on the hand, if that, given the Fox employee who posted a spoof of Kerry on the Fox Website. Posted Tuesday, Oct. 5

Cast your eyes on proposed toppers for the CronkiteZine

We didn't get a good enough look at them in class today so I've posted them to their own Web page. Click on over and please email me with reactions I can pass along. While I'm at it, here are links to the SND.ies award winners and the Sun-Sentinel. Maybe The Edge interactives will work on your computers! Check out Svek's Instant Replay. And the Election Tracker. Oh! This is the one you might get a real kick out of: The Discovery Channel's First in Flight . You get to take the controls and fly it yourself in this Flash presentation. Posted Monday, Oct. 4

Debate spawns neat interactives

New Fiore cartoon! Will there be one for OUR debate? And MSNBC has a quiz worth taking a look at. Note the good use of color as a navigation device. Adam Nagourney voices over "The First Debate" on the New York Times Web site.

So today I went to a workshop on "Eyetrack III," the major study we've been looking at about how people read the Web -- actually, how they see the Web. We had a chance to have our own "eyetracks" measured. We don't always look where we think we've looked, it turns out! But what we found was that we didn't vary from the overall findings. All of us went to the main text -- a headline, in this case -- and not to the picture, which substantiates Eyetrack II, but not conventional thought. It will be interesting to see how further research turns out on blogs, narratives, etc. It seems logical to think that content and style will have some effect. Or so one hopes!

Tonight, SND presents the winners of its annual contest. I've sat in on several multimedia presentations so far, and they've all been stunningly original, instructive and fun. I have a CD to show you of the 25 best "moments" in news design. And maybe, just maybe, the video Randy took of the Iron Chef Infographics Competition will turn into something viewable, too.

The main messages I've gotten from this gathering of talented, out-there people? Push the envelope. Pull at the chain. Trust yourself. Pick your fights. Have fun. Have more fun. Believe in your work. Be good. Be very, very good. Stay smart and spark those brain cells with high standards. Remember: The point is to communicate, to teach, to learn -- all at the same time. Okay. Time for dinner.

Posted Saturday, Oct. 2

Live from San Jose!

Here I am at the Society for News Design conference and it's a blast. I spent yesterday in a daylong Flash workshop run by the interactive specialists at the Sun-Sentinel in Florida. If you aren't familiar with the work done there, travel over to their Edge Web site and take a look. The same two men will be doing a workshop, sponsored by SND and the Cronkite School, in April so some of you may have the chance to do a two-day session with them.

I wasn't able to see the debate live, but caught a rebroadcast. It'll be interesting to see the various design approaches newspapers and Web sites took. I urge you all to call up as many news Web sites as possible and absorb what's going on in terms of information delivery, spin, topics, etc. It will help in our ezine work and there are tons of ideas out there for emulation.

Posted Friday, Oct. 1

So the question becomes...

Now that I've started this (see below), do I continue in a blog form, posting the current entries at the top? Methinks so, but it is an interestingly different way of thinking.

I urge you to take a look at The New York Times interactive on the debates narrated by the NYT chief political reporter, Adam Nagourney. (He'll be in Tempe, according to what I hear.) Notice that we're a star (and oops about the East Coast).

There's information in here that would apply to several of the pages we're doing, and some of the presentations would be helpful for those of you planning your own presentations, I think. And CBS News posted an interesting story today on the debate rules. While there, check out that site's interactives, too.

Posted Tuesday, Sept. 28

(Ilan: When you're done Photoshopping it, may we post your "after" Kerry photo?)

Thanks for a fun class today!

I thought I would start a page to put up some links and review material for our classes, and provide a place to serve as sort of a checkpoint for our Cronkitezine projects. With a tight deadline staring us down and a national event on our doorstep, communication will be even more important than usual . So for as long as our server serves us and the semester lasts, let's call this one of our homes.

About those hurricane and wedding/protest pictures:
They remain in separate folders in the PHOTO folder on the 425thor section of the Journalism server. Remember, please, to copy the ones you want to work with into your own STUDENT folder. Otherwise you take them out of play for others while you're working with them. In other words, nobody else can access them while you've got them checked out, as it were. (How to copy them: Just drag them to your folder. The copying happens all by itself, behind the scenes. The originals miraculously stay where they were.) The wedding photos need the most work; they are of large sizes and are in the folder pretty much the way they downloaded off the digital camera used to take them. I apologize for the strong and sometimes offensive language on signs carried by some of the protestors in the photos. But that was the news. The two flower children below are easier on the eyes.

Of rollovers and slide shows:
The photos are for you to use in learning to do rollovers and/or slide show presentations. Part of that is learning to size, rotate and crop photos in Photoshop, create GIFs in Photoshop (same method as the font poems, but way easier), and save all of them for Web use before importing them into Dreamweaver. All of which you did today! If you're looking for the ready-made pages I showed you (one of which I'm using for this), check out "page designs" when you open a new DW document. There's one called "Image: Slide Show" that might be of use to you.

Poynter has just posted a page of resources for the presidential debates. The link is http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=49&aid=71327, for those who want to write it down rather than just click from here.

About Wednesday's exam:
Yes, just want to comfirm that it's a take-home exam, and it will not be short answer, necessarily, but more of an exercise in finding out what you're thinking as a result of the readings and our discussions and Web adventures in class.

About the first-draft deadline, also Wednesday:
This is a MUST-KEEP deadline. Give it all you've got, and don't stop working once you hand it in. If you're writing something, give me as much as you can. If there are holes, report on how you're filling them. If you're doing something visual, sketch it out. Storyboard it, print out models, print out copies of digital photographs or photocopy prints -- anything that helps make the site real. Nancie Dodge will need these to help you with the Web work. I need them to help you with the concept and execution of the content. I will be taking them with me when I leave Wednesday evening for the SND (Society for News Designers) conference in San Jose. If we need to contact each other, it will be by e-mail so do keep watch. Let me know if you come up against any problems, questions, etc. THIS IS A TOP-PRIORITY PROJECT.

Election resources online

Washington Post's Campaign 2004
New York Times' Campaign 2004 (Be sure to check out The Debates, an interactive report)
Poynter's News Links to the Debates
MSNBC's Decision 2004
CNN's America Votes 2004
Miami Herald's Election 2004 (another debate site)







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