What Kind of Tech User Are You?
The Pew Internet & American Life Project asks this in a quiz you can take to get a sense of where you fit in the tech spectrum.
Here are my results:

You are an Digital Collaborator
If you are a Digital Collaborator, you use information technology to work with and share your creations with others. You are enthusiastic about how ICTs help you connect with others and confident in your ability to manage digital devices and information. For you, the digital commons can be a camp, a lab, or a theater group – places to gather with others to develop something new.”

To all of my students: What are you?


 There is a lot of discussion about the impact of social media on journalism and what role it could/should play in ‘real’ journalism. Those of us who are teaching media in the midst of this revolution are thinking and talking a lot about how and what to teach while riding this often precarious wave. TED Talks, one of the best resources for exploring all kinds of important, timely topics, offers a wide range of thoughtful lectures examining all sides of social media in their series “Media with Meaning.” In his talk, ‘How Social Media Can Make History,” Clay Shirky argues:  

“While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.”

Clay Shirky: How Social Media Can Make History

In his talk, “When Social Media Became News,” James Surowiecki argues the 2005 tsunami transformed social media forever. Check it out:

I am thrilled to report the news that I am home, which means back in Evanston and back at Northwestern University’s Medill School — my favorite place to commit journalism.
The revival of this blog offers a way for me to continue chronicling my hike up the learning curve of new media. Just when I thought I’d rocked the whole social media Twitterverse, it’s time to shoot some vimeo for the vlog.
In my neverending pursuit to find more ways to tell people stuff, I’ll drag you along for this, too.
Medill offers faculty and staff a wide range of technological seminars and classes to keep us all upgraded.

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I’m an information aggregator, a serial bookmarker. It used to be called hoarding or being a pack rat. Bad habits in real life, in hard copy, are bad habits. Online, they’re cool. For example, in real life, I have a thousand boxes of newspaper articles I wrote in my attic. Just in case. That’s hoarding. Bad. In my online life, I have thousands of links from articles, studies, newscasts, documentaries, etc… all stored on Twitter and on my Facebook page as links and notes. That’s called being a content aggregator. Same habit, different format. Good. There are literally hundreds of electronic ways to store and share information. Digg it. Fark it. Tag it. Stumble on it. Doesn’t matter. It’s all good, as the kids say. In fact, it’s all De.li.cious! Just don’t throw it in a box and toss it in your attic.

So while I would never invite you into my attic to show you the boxes of old newspaper clippings, I thought I’d post a screen’s worth of links and notes from just a few minutes of my day on Facebook. Good or bad? You decide.

Apparently I hoard ideas, too. Here’s a post from July, 2008 on this same topic. Guess I haven’t made too much progress:

In my attic, stacked rather fire-hazardly, are 32 boxes of newspaper clippings. I have at least 10 hard copies of every story I ever wrote with a word count above 600. Just. In. Case. I. Need. It.

For all of my classes I have dozens of file folders full of copies of copies of copies of stories and clips and lists and syllabi and yellowed pages of copy editing symbols. Just. In. Case.

The orchestra of Oregon forests offered a standing ovation when I went techno, figuring the days of my serial tree-killing madess were over. And they are. I put everything online. I Stumble on it. I share it on my Facebook page, on my Google saving-thingy, in my old-fashioned “Favorites” on the toolbar right up top of my screen. I bookmark it. I Del.i.cious it. I copy and paste it onto a Word document and save it to wherever stuff saves when I hit Save. I e-mail myself two copies to both e-mail accounts. I make my husband do the Flash Drive thing and so it’s all saved on that teeny little wrench thing I put in my pjs drawer.

While it may be true I’m saving trees, I remain a pack rat, a horder. I told this to Jon Dorbolo, the technology in education guru at Oregon State who introduced me to Blackboard and blogs and Shares, oh my. I confessed my repetitive saving/sharing disorder. He’s also a Philosphy prof, so of course he scratched his forehead and said there’s ALREADY A STUDY ABOUT THIS PHENOMENON!!!!

New Media. Old News.

Now here are some of the links I’m hoarding (aka bookmarking):

Pamela Cytrynbaum RT @mashable HOW TO: Do Almost Anything Online in 2010 http://bit.ly/6qsI1f

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It’s a new year, which means it’s time to make resolutions, take on fresh challenges, learn new things and change our lives for the better. Perhaps you want to
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Once just a fad, Twitter is developing into a powerful form of communication. What its growth says about us and the future of American innovation
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Pamela Cytrynbaum Hey new media students: David Carr’s right. Great piece on Twitter: Check out @time http://bit.ly/4JZb6Y

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I can remember when I first thought seriously about Twitter. Last March, I was at the SXSW conference, a conclave in Austin, Tex., where technology, media and music are mashed up and re-imagined, and, not so coincidentally, where Twitter first rolled out in 2007. …
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Pamela Cytrynbaum A huge loss.Former Post ombudsman Deborah Howell dies – http://bit.ly/7nRdfQ

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Pamela Cytrynbaum If I taught only via Twitter would I be a Tweatcher?

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USC Marshall School of Business to Offer Professional Certificate for New Media Management

August 17, 2009 – LOS ANGELES, CA — University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Executive Education today announced that it will be offering a new professional certificate program– “Certificate of New Media Management” – for participants of its highly-successful New Media Management programs.

The New Media Management programs—jointly offered by USC Marshall and Really Useful Information (RUI)– is a series of three in-depth online courses: Digital Media and Technology Management, Media and Entertainment Leadership, and Branding and Integrated Marketing. The full series gives media and entertainment executives comprehensive education that helps them more effectively leverage new media technologies to build or enhance the profitability of their businesses.

Hallmarks of the USC/RUI approach are

* Convenient 24/7 online access. USC/RUI courses are offered exclusively online, allowing busy execs to attend courses at their convenience at any time anywhere.

* Industry-seasoned subject matter experts. USC/RUI courses are taught by leading University professors partnered with working industry subject matter experts, bringing the best possible synthesis of established “best practices” with first-hand industry experience

* Safe collaborative environment. USC/RUI creates a safe learning environment where executives can feel free to discuss their issues and collaborate with teachers and fellow students to solve problems.

* Actionable information. USC/RUI courses provide information and connections that allow students to immediately begin implementing their knowledge in the workplace.

* Intra-industry networking. USC/RUI continue to promote professional development through ongoing events (online and offline) that foster a strong sense of community and support between instructors, students and members of the entertainment industry.

“The Digital Media and Technology Program provided a full-breadth understanding of the digital media landscape. The course leaders were deeply knowledgeable, sharing their real-world experience of failures and successes. It is already helping me in my current role,” said Jessica Hill, Ascent Media.

Those interested in signing up for USC/RUI courses can visit: http://www.marshall.usc.edu/newmedia.


Based in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, at the crossroads of the Pacific Rim, the USC Marshall School is the best place to learn the art and science of business. The school’s programs serve nearly 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, professional and executive-education students, who attend classes in facilities at the main Los Angeles campus, as well as satellite facilities in Irvine and San Diego. USC Marshall also operates a Global MBA program in conjunction with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China.


Really Useful Information (RUI) is the leading provider of professional education and development for entertainment and media industry executives. Its vanguard face-to-face and online programs – Digital Media and Technology Management, Branding and Integrated Marketing and Media and Entertainment Leadership – are produced in conjunction with USC’s Marshall School of Business. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company can be found at http://www.rui.us.com.

Max Benesi
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For my students… Readings, questions on the life, death and structure of newsrooms in the age of new media….

Here are some excellent articles, blog posts, websites, etc… that offer a variety of perspectives and discussions about the structure of newsrooms, who does what, what changes are needed to remake the traditional reporting structures into new media models. Take a look and see what sparks your interest.

These are just a few examples of hundreds of interesting articles, posts, etc… written about the transformation of newspapers and print media into the digital age. It’s a crucial part of any discussion or class on reporting. Where will we do this reporting and how must it change? MUST it change? What is lost in the new media model? What is gained? WHO is a “real” reporter these days? Are bloggers reporters? What skills are now required? What should we value or require to trust those gathering information?

Mon, Apr 13, 2009 — News without newspapers
Interesting story in the Media section of The New York Times today:

‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers
Published: April 12, 2009






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Twitter is SO last week!

Flutter is the new Twitter!!