busy crazy

It’s a strange place to be in. Newsfriends is a strange beast that keeps me busy, but in a good way. Not a waste of time, it feels like business. It feels like work. It helps me get work.

I’m going to be doing a lot of filming this month. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and I get to do it in a way that’s fun and exciting and means something. It took a while to build up a foundation for these things. But I’m pretty grateful for journalism school is what I guess I should be saying. I got a knack for these things.

I love that it’s growing. I love watching it grow and it’s even more amazing that it gets people interested in it’s growth.

My biggest regret is that I wish it happened years ago with things and people that mattered (that still very much matter)  But it’s all life lessons isn’t it? Never give up and all that Jazz.

Have ya’ll been listening to the podcast? watching the videos? have you subscribed to these things? Probably should. just saying.

I wanted to just make a post that let’s me reflect on things, but I’ll have a proper update again. Something metrics wise that I’ve been finding interesting.

Keep yourself posted,
NewsFriends out.

 

I can’t help but be interested in analytics

As you know I’ve been acting as grand poobah for Newsfriends.net for some time. It’s never really my intention to be the most active for it, but my creative controlling nature has me constantly poking and prodding at the seams thinking “What can we do? How can we do it? when can we do it?”

There’s an incredibly strange story that has something to do with a solid object shaped like a poo, It’s honestly a bit hard to understand why the story could get a lot of attention but here we are in this world we live in. Continue reading

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Sunday Social Club 04/19/15

Conflicts of interest can come from the strangest places. The Site C dam being an example of Provincial Government spending for no other reason to “create jobs”, but alternatives were never looked at, the environment was never thought about, and all sorts of groups of people are willing to do anything they can to make those understand how much of an environmental hazard it could become.

As a budding reporter trying to do a good job, it’s better for you to get to the heart of the story that to right fluff pieces about how great it is because you’re in a relationship with someone that works there. You’re willing to overlook things, or ignore problems, sacrificing how weird it is, to stay in a relationship that bleeds into your writing. (most times, it doesn’t sound like a great one either.)

That kind of stuff can really bite you in the ass in the end.

This is what I’ve learned about conflicts of interest. Even if you’re in a small town news paper, never find yourself in a small town paper willing to fluff an article for others that don’t care about you as much as you’re willing to fluff. Then I half to read about it, and get exhausted.

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