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Twitter for Elections Coverage

Posted in Events, How To Series, Internet, Journalism, new media, News Production, Solutions, television on October 29, 2010 by James Rowe

United States Mid-Term Elections are next week and  social media takes on a greater role than two years ago in the Presidential election.  It can be said President Barack Obama is the first POTUS to have used social media in a political campaign.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs leverages social media for his news briefings.  Gibbs uses 140-character jargon to solicit questions; a version of crowdsourcing.  His management style answers just one tweeted query on YouTube.

Civics is sociology and sociology benefits from tools of social media.  What creative utility have you considered for online social networks?

Whitney Matthews, online editor for the Lawrence Journal-World, offers a plan to use Twitter for election coverage; she writes for Poynter Online.  Matthews’ post has four points:

  1. Make a plan
  2. Get a local hashtag
  3. Tweet poll checks
  4. Add tweets to your website

Politicians and media covering them make excellent use of Twitter and other social networks.  This is the year of social media according to researchers such as Gartner, Edison and Nielsen.  Now is also the occasion we are expected to learn or begin to make money with social media according to a number of studies.

ABC News plans to anchor election night coverage from network headquarters in New York City and Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, CA.   ABC teams up with Facebook for elections coverage.  Social media for American elections is reality.

Here we’ve offered examples of using the big two social networks; Twitter and Facebook.  However there are others and more ways to use online tools to cover voting.  Google gets social with its elections center.  The search engine provides four services for voters:

  1. Polling place locations
  2. Registration instructions
  3. Ballot information
  4. State and local election office contact information

The question remains – how are you using social networks, new media and traditional media to serve voters of the United States this election?

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

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SBE – Interactive Radio

Posted in Engineering, Events, Internet, Management, Operations, Solutions on October 15, 2010 by James Rowe

It’s fall and it’s time for the national meeting of The Society of Broadcast Engineers.  The 2010 SBE National Meeting is in Madison, Wisconsin this year and in a location where you can really focus on interesting subjects on the SBE agenda.  They’re gathering at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton on October 26th.  The meeting is in an area with some good restaurants and easy access to the highway for adventurous souls who will need to experience the capitol city.  I am quite familiar with Madison and the Marriott West.

SBE is calling this year’s meeting the “Broadcasters Clinic.”  I’m particularly interested in the very first session October 26th, Tuesday, 9:15 AM CDT, on Push Radio.

“PUSH Radio is a term that we’ve coin[ed] to describe[s] the advances in technology that we have experienced over the past several years and how they push the boundaries of the traditional time based studio to transmitter radio content delivery concept and permit a more flexible, free form methodology for content delivery – it could be used to empower listener interactivity, link to web content, decentralize the studio and put more employees out in the street interacting with the listeners, among other things.”

They’re discussing administration and the audience, not to mention interactivity and getting out among listeners.  I think it’s a really good way to begin the national meeting.

Register for the meeting at the SBE website. Rooms at the Marriott may be taken by now but there are other hotels nearby and IMHO you will need a car to get about the area and the city.

While I’m expressing my delight with the SBE let me mention their Broadcaster’s Clinic page is social.  There are Facebook and Twitter buttons at the bottom of the page with the call to “Get Social with the WBA,” the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Spread the word. Get social. Get interactive.

Let me add if you’re planning to attend the first meeting of the SBE 2010 convention you will be interested in the new service launched by Rowe and Company.  This link will take you to the website with information on curaYtor Production.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC


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Social Media Simplified Webinar

Posted in Education, Events, Internet, new media, Project Management on August 25, 2010 by James Rowe

Join us tomorrow for no cost Internet sessions on how to think about and plan social media for small businesses, medium businesses and community groups.

There are three sessions tomorrow and you can register now for the dimdim webinars.  Invites are limited to 20 for each session and if the meeting you want attend is unavailable we’ll make you aware of new schedules.

Register right now, right here at our dimdim site.

You’ll learn business processes to organize social media strategy.  Register today and do share; pass this information along to friends and associates.

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James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

New Media Technology Mantra

Posted in Economy, Events, NAB, News Production, Products, Solutions on April 5, 2010 by James Rowe

Big conferences begin in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. The meetings are where broadcasters from around the globe consider new tools to make content for television, radio and the Internet. As recession concerns loom there is a new incantation you’ll hear for some time to come in my opinion.

Broadcasting and Cable in a special report “NAB 2010 Shopping Lists” underscores attitudes of those who will watch exhibits in Las Vegas. B&C reports “top engineers from station groups are looking for technology that matches the new economic realities of the broadcast business.” No doubt from the convention floor exhibitors will shout the mantra “better and cheaper” and point to their products. However buyers are savvier these days and require fulfillment of such promises.

A fresh B&C report is clear indication of how broadcasters are thinking. BitCentral won a huge deal with Gannett Company and kicked Avid Technology to the curb, so to speak. According to Broadcasting and Cable 23 Gannett owned television stations in 19 markets will move from the expensive Avid video production solution as they overhaul news production. The newsroom computer system, non-linear editors and video storage system will be replaced at Gannett stations with BitCentral’s Precis and Oasis servers and the Associated Press’s Electronic News Production System.

Gannett’s vice president of technology, Jeff Johnson was quoted by B&C.

"First of all, one of the things we had to have was commodity-based hardware. Then it was just the tie-in with AP [ENPS] and the overall flexibility."

The times have changed and so has the mantra for purchasing media technology. Vendors will have to live up to claims of openness to win deals with major broadcasters like Gannett. It appears this year at least competition is wide open.

One of the best places to learn about new thinking in media technology will be at the Techcon10 Technology Conference held by the Public Broadcasting System for the United States. Techcon10 starts April 7, 2010 and you will get a good idea of the conference from last year’s presentations. For years, I handled the Avid exhibit at Techcon and learned the benefit of the PBS conference to comprehending media technology.

Broadcast Newsroom Computing next looks at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s local news center initiative.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

Economy in State of the Art Media Production

Posted in Economy, Events, NAB, News Production, Products, Solutions on March 29, 2010 by James Rowe

You will no doubt hear in coming weeks many vendors promise economy in media technology. In recent posts Broadcast Newsroom Computing offers our opinion of solutions media producers should consider. This time BNC offers another. Endorsement of these answers to production demands is beyond Broadcast Newsroom Computing.

A booth to visit if you travel to Las Vegas, Nevada and the National Association of Broadcasters Convention and Exhibit is EditShare. My background consulting a major vendor of video production systems, I believe, gives me foundation for examining offerings of players in end-to-end file based media production. EditShare was brought to my attention by a savvy business associate and I have become intrigued with the suite of products Andy Liebman,. EditShare founder and chief executive, put together.

His client list shows others are influenced by products EditShare calls technology leadership “in cross platform collaborative editing and shared media storage.” Among a dizzying number of vendors attending the NAB confab, Liebman has news of what happened to some brand names with which broadcasters are familiar. EditShare purchased Geevs and Lightworks last summer. Geevs video play out servers and Lightworks editors complement EditShare’s product portfolio.

Liebman promises more new tools this year. “We will also be unveiling many significant new features in our Flow, Xstream and Ark product lines that amplify the interoperability of our Complete Collaboration products.” He has titled his electronic brochure as the “Value Proposition.” He suggests the economy many media producers’ budgets are begging.

EditShare and Resolution Digital Solutions in Chicago, Illinois provide an example of how EditShare products fit multi-platform and file based media production. You will hear a lot of discussion about value these days. How you interpret value depends on whether you are concerned about cost alone or production efficiency as well as your budget. Either way consider the Liebman school of thought on media production.

Next BNC reports on increasing requirements for agnostic solutions to media production.

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

Apple Tablet Would Change Game

Posted in computers, Events, new media, Products, Revenue, television on January 3, 2010 by James Rowe

Milestones at Apple Computer over the last decade certainly suggest the computer giant owned the decennium. Amazon wrapped the decade on a high with the retail monster’s founder and chief executive braying “we are grateful to our customers for making Kindle the most gifted item ever in our history.” Jeff Bezos must realize Amazon loses money on Kindle and new book release sales and profits little on older titles. That was 2009.

Widely spread rumors, in financial reports, have Apple planning a major event for the week of January 25th. Cnet reports “speculation abounds about what an Apple tablet would entail and when it might arrive” in their post on the expected announcement. The Financial Times speculates January 26th. BloggingStocks writes Apple stocks (AAPL) “hit an all time high” last Thursday.

Hilarious yet perplexing are YouTube videos speculating an Apple Tablet. The iPod innovator is expected, as it were gospel, to introduce a tablet reader personal information entertainment device. GIZMODO created an “exhaustive guide” to rumors about an Apple tablet. regurgitates a report from once Google executive Lee Kai fu’s blog purporting Apple expects to ship ten-million tablets in 2010. The finance community is abuzz regarding an Apple tablet yet to be officially announced.

What does it mean to media and broadcasters? Over the next few weeks Broadcast Newsroom Computing will post reports on predictions for the year and decade ahead. The cliché “interesting times” lives. These are times for genuine new thinking to manage new technology and to profit. An Apple tablet, anything like gossip indicates, is a game changer.

Content publishers would expect friendlier revenue sharing terms from an Apple model than Google’s split on eBooks. Magazines look to win big with a mobile platform to present creatively produced, new, engaging and long lasting interactive content. Maybe even a new advertising medium. Several types of media and revenue opportunities are paraded in the example of Apple tablet Sports Illustrated presents. Watch it and think about the future of video production and consumption.

BNC next mines trends for 2010 and the decade arriving.

Happy New Year and Prosperity All

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC

Christmas Predicts Next Christmas

Posted in Events, Management, Products on December 27, 2009 by James Rowe

Prognostication enjoys domain over worst and best lists for the year gone by and trend predictions for the year to come. 2010 marks a new decade so events and lists span ten years. “This Week in Consumer Electronics”  and Steve Smith hold out in Smith’s year end post the past ten was a “digital decade”.

TWICE presents gloom and doom of the pain everyone felt this year but admonishes

“…the industry during the 2000s was more innovative than ever before. And … this 10-year span will be remembered as “the Digital Decade.” CE (Consumer Electronics) migrated from analog to digital, and its transformation created new categories across the board.
Video has always been the industry’s key category, and TV became HD in this decade, also moving from tubes to LCD and plasma flat screens.
Apple in effect reinvented MP3 players with iPod, and digitized music from online services became the rage, disrupting the music industry’s reliance on selling CDs and becoming a major CE brand in the process.”’s  October post references a June story on “Nowism.” The read explains the trend “dubbed ‘NOWISM’, this mega trend has, and will continue to have, a big impact on everything from … corporate culture to customer relationships to product innovation to tactical campaigns.”  trendwatching reviews of “Ten Crucial Consumer Trends for 2010.” reports trendwatching’s advocacy much of American population resides in cities “… and don’t even get us started on the growing consensus that cities could actually be the most sustainable form of human settlement.”

The International Institute for Management Development presents an interesting mash-up to mind map the zeitgeist. Yeah, we go way out there and we should. Begin thinking about consumers and what they might desire this season next year.

Here’s Broadcast Newsroom Computing’s lucky seven websites to cerebrate future consumer electronics and business trends. Start with tips to work from end to beginning:

  1. DigitalTips
  2. DigitalTrends “Best Gadget of 2009: Top Gadgets and Technology Products
  3. Cnet Two way video phone calling
  4. Thirteen Microsoft Milestones in 2009
  5. PC World’s 2009 in Review Microsoft’s Big Year
  6. PC World’s Crazy “2009 in Review: Quotes From the Year’s Most Interesting Tech Leaders and (Lady Gaga).”
  7. Let’s round this year end list of learning with Consumer Electronics Daily News “Best New Products” post.

Guiding providers and producers of rich media and related industries pleads a sense of ultimate spender – consumer direction. BNC hopes we set you on the right path.

Broadcast Newsroom Computing next year checks outs Amazon’s most gifted of the season eBook reader, the Kindle and Apple Computers’ Kindle Killer plans. What does it all mean?

Happy New Year and Prosperity to All

James Rowe

Rowe and Company, LLC