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Friday
Feb242012

Video: My 2008 presentation at UC Berkeley

Technologies, Techniques and Strategies for Hyper-local News 04.18.2008 from kdmcinfo.

I stumbled across this old gem of a presentation I gave at the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley in 2008. 

I was speaking on "Strategies for Hyper-Local News" as part of the weeklong "Technology Training for Reporters" workshop. I hadn't forgotten that I had done the speech, but I had forgotten what it was about. I watched a little bit to refresh my memory and am struck by how much stuff remains topical, even as The Bakersfield Californian no longer produces some of the products discussed in this video. 

I'm also struck by how much crazy stuff we were cooking up a mere four years ago, before the economic downturn forced us to reduce staff and much of our new product development. Some of the products are gone or have taken on new shapes, such as Bakersfield Voice -- the successor of Northwest Voice -- which now has a distribution of 150,000 people. 

One thing I also distinctly remember about this presentation was Steve Buttry sitting in the back of the session tweeting my comments. This was way back in the early days of Twitter, so it felt pretty cool stuff at the time. 

Monday
Jan022012

Babe on frozen lake

I can scratch this off my bucket list: Meet a hot chick on a frozen lake. 

Lake Mary, above Mammoth Lakes, Calif., is a beautiful lake that's frozen this time of year. Not entirely odd given Lake Mary is about about 9,000 feet above sea level. What is different is that because there hadn't been measureable snow in a month, the lake's frozen surface was clear, making it perfect for skating and venturing on foot ... and meeting up with my lovely wife, Sandi.

 

Friday
Jun242011

Our rafting trip makes TV news

 

I took Allie and Hanna whitewater rafting on the Kern River today and, voila, the TV news came along. 

A reporter from KGET, Channel 17, was doing a story on river safety and rode along with our Sierra South two-raft group. The reporter, using a waterproof videocamera, spent some time in one raft to get exterior shots of our boat, then jumped into ours to get an up-close look at the crazy fun. 

There are a few shots of Allie and Hanna, and one goofy up-the-nostrils shot of me paddling with about 1:10 left. While in our raft, the reporter was sitting at the front facing aft so she blindly experienced some nasty rapids and waves crashing into her back.

No one fell out of the boat involuntarily but there were several occasions on these Class 2 and 3 rapids when we came close.  

Saturday
Jun182011

Promoting Capture Kern County

I appeared Friday on KBFX Eywitness News' morning show to promote the Capture Kern County community photo contest sponsored by The Bakersfield Californian and Tejon Ranch. 

I'm kicking myself for a lot of things I didn't say, but three-and-a-half minutes -- an eternity in TV news -- goes by very fast. 

Saturday
Apr302011

Liberty High drumline, 2011 Central California finals

This is the Liberty High School drumline performing its show "Echoes" at the PPAACC Finals Saturday at Liberty.

The Patriots finished second in class, and earned the third highest score overall. They've worked hard over the course of the season, and this performance shows how far they've come from the video I posted earlier this year. There's some nice musicianship and visual elements throughout. 

This is my first video using a Kodak Zi8, which OfficeMax recently had on clearance for $88. I shot at the 720p (or medium) setting with the internal mike, and was surprised with the quality given the loudness drumlines can generate. The image processor struggles to keep up with slight movements, and because I shot without a tripod, there is some natural jerkiness that I tried to smoothe with software. The YouTube version of the video seems compressed vertically, meaning some students were cut out of the frame. I'll try to fix that conflict in the future but if anyone knows a quick fix, let me know.