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.