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The Road to Auschwitz was Built on Hate but Paved with Indifference



The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place

great insights into the news business here

Andreessen Horowitz

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I am more bullish about the future of the news industry over the next 20 years than almost anyone I know. You are going to see it grow 10X to 100X from where it is today. That is my starting point for any discussion about the future of journalism. Here’s why I believe it, and how we will get there.

Journalism has changed

There has been a fascinating change in the traditional journalistic press over the last several years. Take corrections as an example. It used to be that corrections to printed news stories were a really big deal. There was a high bar to get a correction accepted in a newspaper or magazine. The story as printed was the permanent record.

That was then.

Now, even top print newspapers and magazines frequently revise stories online, sometimes dozens of times, often without tracking changes or…

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Ski & Shoot


Could you go back and do that again?

I didn’t learn to ski until I was 40.

My ex was a Canadian, and started skiing at the age of 3.

Her parents had a ski house in Sugarbush, Vermont.

I spent unpleasant hour after hour on the bunny slope, learning how to ski.

When you are 3 you have no fear of death. When you are 40, you can only see yourself wrapped around a tree.

Private lessons, goup lessons, frostbite.  After four hard years, I was finally starting to get it. Then, in one triumphant afternoon, I made it down my first black diamond run!  Success!  I was so delighted, I found my ex and told her what I had just done.  I black diamond!

“Which one?” she asked me.

I told her the name.

She paused.

“Oh”, she said. “That used to be a blue. It’s not really a black”.

You can see why I filed for divorce.

Thus, it was with some trepedation that we signed a deal with Vail Resorts to start running Travel Channel Academies in conjunction with ski vacations.

Now, I am glad we did.

March 7-10 we’re going to be running our first Snow Video Bootcamp at the world famous Keystone Resort in Vail Colorado.

This will be great. What better combination than skiing and video making. And evenings around the fire for our famous group screenings.

This is only the first in series of new locations and franchises for the Academy. We’ll be posting lots of other exciting partnerships and locations as we take TCA into the world.

Meanwhile, I had a pair of custom fitted ski boots made a few years ago. The kind where the blow foam into the boot and shape it for your own foot.  Unfortunately, I left these at the Sugarbush ski house.

If anyone runs across my ex, maybe you could ask her for the boots?

KPIX in San Francisco goes VJ


Two down, three to go…

KPIX, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco announced today that they are moving to a VJ-driven newsroom.

The official press release today said:


Feb 11, 2009 3:58 PM ESTKPIX management told the staff today the station intends to go VJ within a year, pending union contract re-negotiations.

The station’s GM said voluntary training will begin in the near future, with lightweight cameras and servers to follow.

The current AFTRA contract permits on-air staff only limited use of technical equipment except in emergencies. The station’s technical unions gave up jurisdiction some years ago.

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This is hardly news to any of us who have been with the VJ movement for a long time.
In the next few months prepare to see more and more stations in major markets going to VJ as well.
This is the inevitable upshot of the combination of economic necessity and technical reality on the ground.
There is simply no longer any justification for the old 2-man crews and big heavy gear.  As we said a long time ago,
this is going to happen, and it is going to happen everywhere.
Ironically, only yesterday, The Wall Street Journal ran an article pointing out that local TV news stations were in real danger of simply disappearing altogether.
If they have any hope of surviving, they are going to have to cut their costs and make their operations vastly more efficient. The days of employing 150 people and putting 8 cameras on the street are simply over, not that they ever made any sense.
AFTRA’s San Francisco local has vigorously opposed members performing technical duties at KPIX and has threatened sanctions against those who do.The station’s GM said the decision to use VJs as part of a mix with traditional crews was his alone and was not the result of a CBS corporate edict. He said he recognizes the very real possibility of failure but something needed to be done to reduce expenses.

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