PunditKitchen As New Media

When I was at the UPIC (University Presidential Inauguration Conference) I attended their panel on the media. There were a number of prominent (and not so prominent) journalists on that panel. Other than that they all believed that blogging is not journalism, it is just re-fried print-news, I did not get much out of that panel. The shining exception was Mr Page, a reporter who was on a panel at my first conference in Washington, NYLC. He allowed some potential for good blogging on be on par with good reporting, and was kind and funny besides.

Perhaps the images below (some of my favorites this week from PunditKitchen, the political humor arm of the lolcats empire) are not breaking stories, engaging in the kind of intensive investigative journalism for which the New York Times is famous. But I think they do serve a journalistic purpose–they both bring viewers attention to images which are not necessarily in wide distribution, and (most importantly to my mind) they synthesize and contextualize emotions surrounding those images. And that is good reporting.

political pictures for you blog
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Obama pictures and McCain Pictures
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Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures
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And, in line with my thesis:

jon stewart
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PS: I may be using more Buzzword-Bingo words than usual this week because I am helping a good friend edit her cover-letters and resumes for some major production internships. I am also writing my own cover-letters and resumes at the same time.

PPS: For the librarian in the group, here is a great poster

barack obama
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FeelingElephants buzzword-bingo words include: new media, utilize, support, serve, develop, electrify, synthesize, and contextualize.

Inspirational Quote:

“Of course the Neverlands vary a good deal. John’s, for instance, had a lagoon with flamingoes flying over it at which John was shooting, while Michael, who was very small, had a flamingo with lagoons flying over it.” Peter Pan, Chapter 1

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