Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chris Hickman practices for his second match at the Weed and Seed Safe Haven in Florence, South Carolina

After producing video like this and this for TV broadcasts while at my last job, I’d always have tons of footage left over. I’d shoot 10-20 minutes worth. They’d use 15 seconds.

And then twitpic started letting you upload video. So between uploading, editing, rendering and exporting, I’d throw together some stuff to put on twitter before the broadcast aired.

Twitpic has a limit of one minute and 30 seconds for uploads so had to be selective on what I was going to use.

They’re weren’t really meant to be anything more than an extra element to go along with the story – like a preview or first look at a story before it aired or went to print.

Here’s a look at a few videos thrown together with scraps, on deadline, in 15 minutes or less: Read More



That let’s me know O’Keefe doesn’t do (at least) three things: He doesn’t have anyone look over his stuff critically before he publishes – and no, Andrew Breitbart doesn’t count. He has a huge ego but no real concept of journalism or what it takes to get an Emmy. And he doesn’t read Mother Jones.

If he did, he’d realize his faux-invesigations fall apart like a bad episode of Pinky and the Brain (Breitbart and O’Keefe cameo at :44). Mother Jones does a pretty good job at documenting fail after fail on this chart they call “Pimps, Lies and Videotapes,” but I call “Sit Down, O’Keefe.”

What’s even funnier about O’Keefe’s comparison of himself to Chris Hansen is that O’Keefe was the one posing as a sexual predator for a “sting” last year.

Read more from MOJO: Why Do We Keep Falling for O’keefes Smear Jobs?

The full convo here: Read More

#ViewFromMyDesk at The Morning News. August 2010.

I want to see your newsroom.

I’ve been talking about doing a crowd-sourced entry for a while now (a tweet from Scott Schwebke, who covers breaking news at the Standard-Examiner, reminded me that I had started this post but never finished it).

So, in celebration of my new job as a writer and editor at Security Management Magazine, this post is it. I moved to the DC area officially yesterday (but I’m still looking for a place). I start the job on Monday. That was the official announcement.

The idea came from a tweet from @SunlightNetwork last August, asking its followers to post a picture of their workspace. And a hashtag was born.

Operation #ViewFromMyDesk

So here’s the plan: In one entry I’d like to post pictures from the newsrooms of 100 different news organizations. If you’re full-time, part-time, freelance, educator, student – whatever, I want to see your workspace.

Tweet them to me @CarltonPurvis or feel free to leave a link to them in the comments. Don’t forget to let me know your name on twitter and the name of your media organization.

Once we get 100, one person, picked by a random number generator, will get a gift subscription from me to their choice of Columbia Journalism Review or Foreign Policy Magazine, two of my favorite publications – and I’ll post the view from my desk at the new gig.

You can view them all here:

I’m looking forward to seeing them all! Send away!

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This post is to the recent j-grad and other unemployed journalists – the one who learned to FOIA like a pit bull at their student paper – the one who worked unpaid overtime for five years at a small daily just to be laid off – the one who was promised a job after an internship just to be told the position didn’t exist a year later – the one who dug up great stories just to have them killed by editors more interested in schmoozing with exces than public service:

Get out now or put everything you have into it and just expect things to be crappy for a long time.

In this climate, I don’t think anyone would blame you for throwing in the towel for something more sustainable. I didn’t really have a concrete plan when I left the Morning News – I just knew I needed a break from journalism. I had an application to grad school in the works, and a friend was making space for me in her parent’s basement in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In the meantime, I lived in ZenLizzie‘s spare room and the loft in my dad’s apartment and my car.

I love journalism. I love holding the big guys accountable. I love reporting, investigating, learning, flying in helicopters – but being unemployed gave me a chance to interview at a few different places and I see that the even in the two years since I’ve graduated, the business is going through some drastic and scary changes.

Media companies are pretending that good journalism is decided by site clicks and gimmicks rather than reporting with the purpose of educating the public. The line between PR and journalism is being blurred with things like brand journalism and the inability of media organizations to say no to press releases. Newspapers are getting smaller, no seriously waaaay smaller.

Depressing. But if anything, those things show how desperate the need for good journalists is right now. So if you’re like me and deicide to tough it out: blog, tweet, talk – do everything you can to stay involved. And listen to Ira: Push. Out. Work.

Remember the reason you got into this business in the first place…and say that in your interviews.

*Read my submission to Upstart Magazine here for more on this topic, and follow them on twitter @UpstartMagazine.