China Slaughters 50,000 Dogs

I'm at WeMedia at the moment...

So the other day I ran some
things to clean up my laptop...   uninstalling random features I didn't think I
needed.  Who would have thought that uninstalling speech recognition features
would also uninstall handwriting recognition.  Tablet rended useless for the
moment... very frustrating as I try to blog the WeMedia
conference.

Listening to the first panel, it makes me wonder whether or
not the changing media opens up new opportunities for young journalists who have
cultivated WeMedia platforms and technology to create trust.  In other words, is
it easier for CBS to put Andy Rooney on a podcast or to hire a
true podcaster...  and if they hire a podcaster, what could they actually
provide that person in terms of channel support? 

Larry Kramer brings up
an interesting point that new forms of media are increasing utilization rates of
the newsroom.  Whereas in the past, political staffs couldn't find their way on
the air when the station was hyperfocused on one progam, they're now publishing
stories and video on the web.

According to Farai
Chideya
, NPR has a job opening for a New Media Music Editor.  I'll
make sure Fred doesn't apply. 

Here's another digital divide:   
Political/news engagement and disengagement.   How many people are less
interested in the news and politics than they were ten years ago because they
have so much other content to consume or because they're more connected to
work?  (iPods and Blackberries gaining commuter minutes versus the newspaper.) 
How many are more hyperfocused on it because of blogging and access to more and
better information?  I feel like there's more of the former than of the latter.