Monthly Archives: February 2013

Adapting to New Solutions

This past week Cory Bergman wrote an interesting article for Poynter on how journalism will be disrupted by mobile – “the second tidal wave of change” after the Internet. He posits that “news organizations must adopt a ‘mobile first’ mindset” but are mistakenly relying on a “mobile, too” approach.

Track180′s own Editor-in-Chief Ken Sands wrote a piece that takes a look at the history of medium change that the industry has faced. In it he cites a blog post by Jay Rosen whose words reflect the pitfalls implicit in Mr. Bergman’s article, stating that the “original sin” of news organizations in transitioning to the digital format was “re-purposing the old platform’s material” to fit it.

A failure to adapt, or even worse, fighting against this “tidal wave”, will drastically hurt this industry’s ability to be of value to the public. As Ken points out:

“It took a decade before it was universally accepted that news on the web is best when it’s created specifically for that platform.”

With the speed at which technology is moving taking time to come around is not an option. More importantly these new mediums do not have to be a threat to a news organization’s way of business, but rather can greatly enhance it.

In his article Mr. Bergman keenly states “news needs to solve problems.” This tenet is the root of any business and will defy all change so long as it is allowed to. It should always be the driving force. In the case of the news industry this means informing people in the best possible way. Right now mobile creates a great opportunity to do just that, perhaps even the best possible way.

I just hope for the benefit of the rest of us journalists come to the same conclusion.

The Anthropocene: Welcome to Our Epoch

Very cool video from a collaboration between Elementa Science and melodysheep about the new age we are all entering, whether we want to our not.

Made popular by Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, the term “Anthropocene” refers to the current (unofficial) geological epoch where human activities have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. In an IGBP newsletter Crutzen, along with Eugene Stoermer (who coined the term), wrote:

To develop a world-wide accepted strategy leading to sustainability of ecosystems against human induced stresses will be one of the great future tasks of mankind.

Joseph Stromberg and Paul Voosen have also both written extensively on further defining the term and its global implications for the future. To get a better idea of what those might be check out this interesting video mapping the history of the Anthropocene commissioned by the international Planet Under Pressure conference.

Regardless of how you define it, there’s no doubt that mankind is a formidable force of nature.

The issue now is what are WE going to do about it?

By |February 13th, 2013|Problems|0 Comments

How Bad Do You Want it?

Came across this inspiring video from Greyskale Multimedia featuring former ECU running back and current NFL free agent Giavianni Ruffin. The video shows Giavianni training to get in shape to reach his goal of earning a spot in the NFL. Not only is watching the dedication, determination and sheer athleticism of his workouts enough to inspire anyone, but the voice over by Eric Thomas reminds one what sets apart those that truly want something from those that merely want the perks that can come with it.

Be it training for a sport or starting a business, the message holds true:

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful

By |February 1st, 2013|Inspiration|0 Comments