Adam Westbrook // ideas on digital storytelling and publishing

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  1. rosenblumtv said, on February 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    HI Adam
    Very interesting stuff.
    Would you be up for working on a training program for VJs in the UK
    Lemme know
    Rosenblum

    • Bob Bernet said, on July 17, 2009 at 4:15 am

      Adam –
      Your blog is very compelling and I could spend hours on it – and I’m sure I will since I only came across it a few days ago. I just viewed your “Blood and Treasure” segment and was impressed with the b-roll, the interviews and the close-ups you used. The narration gets directly to the point and the viewer is left with enough information to construct a pop test with.

      What editing program do you use? And what program did you use to create the open with?

      I mentioned to you last week that I teach Broadcast Journalism to high school students in Dallas, Texas. I was a video producer for twenty years before becoming a teacher, but mainly produced commercials and continuing ed programming. This fall, I am going to show the students your online work. I have a feeling that you are at the tip of the iceberg of this genre of news gathering.

      I admire your work. All the best to you.

      Bob Bernet

  2. Mark Rock said, on March 16, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Hey Adam

    Have a look at our fresh off the presses audio platform, Audioboo – http://audioboo.fm. Designed for the easy creation of audio complete with geotagging, photos etc… At the moment only works on iPhone but we’ll be extending it out to other devices soon.

    M

  3. Mark Chilvers said, on March 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I am trying to do a map mashup with photo and audio pop up from a google map pin. Can’t work it out, can you help or point me somewhere with a ‘how to…’? Cheers. Mark

  4. Benjamin Chesterton said, on April 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Adam this is a terrific blog … will link post about this site and link to on duckrabbit

  5. Chorche said, on April 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Hi, Adam. I have seen the post about tools on journalism. I have thought of translating it to spanish and/or aragonese. I haven’t seen the kind of licence you have on your site. Is it possible doing translatiion?

  6. David Heathfield said, on May 12, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Hi Adam,

    It’s been a long time since I looked at your blog and it’s good to see that you’re getting on so well since I last saw you. If you don’t remember I was a journalism student at Westminster Uni when you were at City, we met up at the Frontline on one occasion when David Dunkley was speaking there.

    I enjoyed reading lots of your posts especially those about the challenges of balancing all the kit you had in Iraq. It’s a problem I’ve got quite used to over the last year working as a VJ in Afghanistan for NATO.

    All the best and keep up the blogging!

    David

  7. duckrabbit said, on May 15, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Adam, what email are you on?

    Can you send it to me benjamin

    THANKS

  8. Katrina Gutierrez said, on June 21, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Hi,

    Great stuff… truth be told, I just kind of happened upon your blog. I just graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Electronic News, which is exactly what your doing.

    Any advice on how I can work abroad like yourself? That would be my dream job🙂.

    kat

  9. Rodney Dekker said, on July 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Adam,

    Re: What should I charge for multimedia story telling? I’m about to start producing multimedia stories for clients in Australia. I’m intending to have NGO, government and commercial clients, but I have no idea what to quote. I want to make sure I charge at the current market value and not undercut so that i maintain the perceived value of our work. Can you advise please? Cheers Rodney

  10. Jessi Stafford said, on July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Adam,

    I just came across your blog and really enjoyed your post “I studied print journalism. Now what?” As a recent J-school grad it gives me hope for the future because there are people out there who care. It’s going to take a lot of innovation and creativity to reinvent the industry but those who are passionate will succeed. Journalism isn’t dead; the mediums consumers seek are evolving. It’s scary as hell out there but as long as there is information to be reported on and there are people who thrive on storytelling, there will be a future.

    Currently I work for an Internet start-up called Newsy.com, which is partnered with the University of Missouri’s Journalism School in order to provide students with an opportunity to work in a dynamic news environment and get hands on experience.

    At Newsy, students and mentors create videos that analyze and synthesize news coverage of important global issues from multiple sources. The method of presenting the way in which international media outlets are covering a story lends itself well to understanding the complexities of political issues, among many other topics. I think Newsy’s unique approach would appeal to you.

    Newsy posted a video about the recent additions of Al Franken and Kal Penn to Washington. Would you be interested in covering Newsy or embedding one of our videos in a future post? As always, any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Jessi Stafford
    Community at Newsy.com
    http://www.newsy.com
    W: 573.442.4557

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  13. Bob Bernet said, on July 17, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Adam –
    Your blog is very compelling and I could spend hours on it – and I’m sure I will since I only came across it a few days ago. I just viewed your “Blood and Treasure” segment and was impressed with the b-roll, the interviews and the close-ups you used. The narration gets directly to the point and the viewer is left with enough information to construct a pop test with.

    What editing program do you use? And what program did you use to create the open with?

    I mentioned to you last week that I teach Broadcast Journalism to high school students in Dallas, Texas. I was a video producer for twenty years before becoming a teacher, but mainly produced commercials and continuing ed programming. This fall, I am going to show the students your online work. I have a feeling that you are at the tip of the iceberg of this genre of news gathering.

    I admire your work. All the best to you.

    Bob Bernet

  14. Graeme W Carlisle said, on July 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Mr Westbrook
    Hi i was notified of you by a Financial advisor called Malcolm he emailed you notifying you that i was going to get in touch. I had heard your name through Viking Fm as i am from the Hull area but did not realise the extent of your work untill looking on this website and it is very impressive. I am hoping to get into a journalism course in university (pending A level results) and I was just wondering if you have any general advise for someone looking into journalism as a career for the future.
    Any comments would be im sure most beneficial and also much appreciated.
    Thankyou
    Graeme W Carlisle

  15. Thomas said, on August 19, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Hi Adam,

    please consider to help a photojournalist to save his family. Have a look here and spread the word: http://savestevesfamily.blogspot.com/

    All the best,
    Tom

  16. 16sd said, on August 21, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Hi Adam

    You have a lot of useful and insightful things to say. Keep up the good work.

    I am an aspriing journalist and contributor to my local paper.

    Check out my website: samsondada.com/articles.

    Regards

    Samson

  17. Steve Harrison said, on September 24, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Hi Adam,

    Re the question of why newspapers don’t use high-quality versions of photos on their websites – the paper where I used to work wouldn’t allow us (the new media dept) to do this, as it was feared that it would damage Photo Sales because users would simply download and print off copies. This was a lucrative sideline, so the powers-that-be were keen to protect revenues. We did experiment with providing higher quality versions online which were watermarked, but even here the commercial team wanted the watermark so prominent that it ruined the photo!

    Steve

  18. Paul Treacy said, on October 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Adam. I too am wondering what’s next for journalism. I’m only recently returned to both London and photography and since you too are now here in the great metropolis, perhaps we should meet for a few jars and ponder the future. I’m starting to think collectives, partnerships, teamwork and the like. What say you? A gathering perhaps?
    Best,
    Paul Treacy
    photo@paultreacy.com
    http://paultreacy.com
    http://photohumourist.blogspot.com

  19. Bea Yates said, on October 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Adam,

    I am a photographer based in London looking to work with a writer on a couple of photo projects that I have in mind.

    Let me know if this is something that you may be interested in.

    Best,

    Bea.

  20. alrik said, on October 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Adam,

    I just checked your 6×6, good stuff! We are developing tools to help make this online self publishing and self promotion easier. Check http://www.viewbook.com/overview/

    Perhaps we can do something together…

    Cheers,
    Alrik

  21. Diana Mitsu Klos said, on October 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Hi, Adam:

    Just wanted you to know that we plan to utilize your 6×6 report here. Is there a color photo of you available that you can point me to?

    Thanks and best regards,
    Diana

    P.S. See our teen multimedia news hosting site at: http://my.hsj.org/
    We’re happy to host teen sites from outside the U.S. as well, for free.

  22. Michael Ellis said, on November 5, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Dear Adam,

    I’d like to discuss syndicating your content on LexisNexis, Cengage Gale, and other major online libraries.

    The company I work for, Newstex, is the only aggregator and syndicator of full-text blogs and videos to the academic, financial, business, and government enterprise markets. Our clients operate closed subscription-based services, and we do not compete with your open website.

    Please contact me to discuss further.

    Thanks,

    Michael Ellis
    Manager, Content Syndication
    Newstex LLC

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  24. zoernert said, on December 21, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Adam,

    if you don’t mind I will take your movie http://vimeo.com/8181085 as tomorrows edition of the christmas calendar blog parade you could find at http://www.cyber-junk.de/themen/blog-adventskalender/ – If you have anything you like to add. Please let me know.

    Best Regards,
    Thorsten

  25. Angus Young said, on December 23, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Hi Adam

    Enjoyed your 2010 predictions. Wonder when some of my colleagues in the Dead Tree Press will finally wake up and smell the coffee.

    Angus

  26. Sharon Henry said, on January 2, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Hi Adam, Here’s something for “Ideas for the future of journalism” Not as sexy of a topic as redefining journalism, but an experiment in finding away to funding it. Inspired by this: “A big part of the problem is that we’re doing a really poor job of connecting buyers and sellers on our newspaper Web sites. Solving that problem should be the top priority for the folks on the business and technology sides of our business.” – Dan Froomkin, deputy editor, Nieman Watchdog (May 26, 2009)

    Today, online newspapers outsource their classified service. They shouldn’t. The aggregate services are clunky, buggy, ineffective and build another wall between a newspaper and their community.

    What if:
    Online classified ads included video and an unlimited number of photos.
    Newspaper websites didn’t need to manage massive amounts of multimedia because free share sites, such as YouTube and Flickr did the heavy lifting of data storage and management.
    Social chat features allowed buyers and sellers to chat in a public forum.
    Buyer and sellers could see how many times an ad had been viewed, and which ads were trending most popular
    Customers could decide how long their ads ran, a day, a year… forever.
    Creating an ad was as easy as posting to a blog.
    There was no up-selling or multiple pricing options — one price for any classified ad: 99¢.
    And what if Google split the ad revenue with online newspapers for directing motivated viewers to YouTube.

    What if businesses could create low-cost ads that had a social media widget that let customers ask questions. One little ad could become an ongoing community chat forum.

    What if a member’s credit information was stored so they only needed to login to create a new ad. This also means that if an news site goes behind a paywall, these members could become paid subscribers with one click.

    What if nonprofit newspapers set up a classified service as a separate, for-profit business and used 100% of the profits to help sustain their news product.

    Links below show how this could work:
    Prototype for an online classified service: http://bit.ly/6XdnZt
    How a community uses a social marketplace: http://bit.ly/5pt5ia
    How a partnership with online classified ads and Google might look: http://bit.ly/8adjis

  27. mark hardwick said, on January 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Adam
    I’m launching a social network, Create.tv, for collaborative filmmaking – it’s currently in early beta but slowly getting there. One of the areas I want to explore with Create is collaborative citizen journalism where people and professional journalist team up virtually to develop stories. I think that much citizen journalism today suffers from being single voice and poorly researched and would be improved through effective collaboration.

    I’d really welcome your thoughts and wondered if we could meet sometime so I can show you around? We’re based in Hoxton.

    Cheers
    Mark

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  29. marwa said, on January 13, 2010 at 11:51 am

    hey adam
    hw r u nice blog is amasing wondefull i liked everything there keep it like that adam and .
    im a journalist student and im shy that im cuz i think i dnt knw anything about it ,i was searching for free books about journalism or documents or lessons to ameliorate but its not easy to find .
    i would like to help me to be better in my study .
    if any 1 can help me this is my adress mail : suki 1915@hotmail.com
    tnks for u adam and tnks for any 1 can help me

  30. Christopher Ave said, on February 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Hey Adam,

    Amazing blog – I can’t believe I haven’t found it till now. I’d love to write a guest post. Let me know what you had in mind. Email is christopher_ave AT yahoo DOT com.

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  32. Christian Toennesen said, on March 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Adam

    I thought you might be interested in this event on Thursday at the LSE: In Media We Trust? http://www.polismedia.org/news/newsdetail/in-media-we-trust.aspx

    You are cordially invited to attend.

    Cheers

    /Christian

  33. Framkalla bilder said, on March 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Hello, that was definitely an awesome post. I had actually been looking for a photo printing related post for a while now. Thanks! Is there a way to subscribe? because I can’t seem to find the information anywhere.

  34. Mike Parker said, on May 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Adam:
    I tried to sign-up for your latest eBook. But I didn’t receive the confirmation email( (not even in my junk email folder). What gives?

  35. Norman Giller said, on May 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Adam, how do I contact you one-on-one? I want to review the book in my Sports Journalists Assocation blog. Regards, Uncle Norman Giller

  36. Thea Breite said, on January 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Adam,

    Want to pass along something a little different we did on the NH Primary at the Boston Globe

    Primary Moments: A series on video vignettes

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/specials/primary_video

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