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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Communication Fields Professional Associations and Resources

Communication and English are not the same thing.

We speak and often write different then what English teachers would have as "perfect" spelling or grammar.

Language is fluid and transforming, not stock rules and set in stone examples.

Still, formal writing commands use of the rules to make it the most accessible to those who seek formal material.

A blog is fluid and more conversational. It flows, flaws and all, as would a spoken communication.

Communication also involved all of your senses, context, situation and your thoughts at the time. Communication is in movement, color, sound, sight, smell, touch, and internal feelings. Words can explain or elicit these, but they cannot replace them.

To those who say I "claim to be a professor" I have a PhD in Education, Masters in Communication, over 14 years college teaching experience, have been not only published, but paid to be published. I am a thesis short of an MA in theater, with considerable progress toward a second doctorate in Public Affairs.

I am also an actor, public speaker, teacher, coach and observer of the world.

Sounds pompous. I know.

But I never have claimed to be an English major, a good speller or a subscriber to the rules that there is only one way to write and think.

I believe in the potential of everyone, and their right to reach their potential with the skills that God gave them rather than being shot down by closed minded individuals who put them into boxes and reject them for the tiniest of reasons, the pettiest of disagreements, the closed mindedness of black and white thinkers.

-Art LYnch

The Future of Streaming Video

As eyeballs continue to shift from TV to streaming online video, it remains doubtful that digital ad dollars will ever rival their analog predecessors. Meanwhile, companies like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube continue to experiment with subscription and advertising models. Brooke sits down with Peter Kafka of All Things Digital, to ask him what the future holds for shows like Mad Men, and for YouTube stars like Ryan Higa.


Peter Kafka

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Brooke Gladstone

High School Newspapers: An Endangered Species

Scott Simon Says
(click here to hear this commentary
in Scott's melodic voice on NPR)
Does your local high school have a student newspaper?

And in this day when a social media message saying, "Tonight's Green Design and Technology class homework sucks!" can instantly be sent to thousands, does it need to?

The New York Times reports this week that only 1 in 8 of New York's public high schools has a student newspaper — and many of those are published just a few times a year. A few more are online, which can leave out poorer schools.

The national figures are a little higher. But as Rebecca Dwarka, an 18-year-old senior in the Bronx who works for her student paper, The Dewitt Clinton News, told the Times, "Facebook is the new way of finding out what happened. Nobody wants to actually sit down and read a whole article about it," which makes a "whole article" sound a little like a long sentence in solitary confinement.

I am not nostalgic about high school student newspapers and never worked for mine. I put out what was then called an underground magazine with a group of friends because we wanted to write about peace, war and rock n' roll without school officials admonishing us not to make jokes about the local alderman.

But we learned. Trying to convince a local druggist to buy an ad in your slender rag can be humbling and make you determined to turn out a paper he's proud to have his name in, too.

Hearing that school newspapers are in decline because students now "find out what happened" in social media bites is a little discouraging because it confirms that for millions of Americans, journalism is becoming a do-it-yourself enterprise.

When a tornado strikes or a bomb goes off, we look for social media messages as soon as they flash, too. Facebook posts and Tweets have become the means by which politicians, celebrities, citizens — and reporters, for that matter — can confirm, deny, pass on stories and register opinion without the press challenging, probing, pre-supposing, slowing or straining the message. That's just how we talk to each other in these times.

Matt Drudge, who runs his own , says, "We have entered an era vibrating with the din of small voices. Every citizen can be a reporter."

But truly good journalism is a craft, not just a blog post. It requires not only seeing something close-up, but also reporting it with perspective. It uses an eye for detail to help illuminate a larger view. And even journalism that conveys an opinion strives to be fair. If school newspapers begin to disappear, I hope there are other ways for students to learn that.

Dreamworks expands animation reach. Legendary Entertainment moving? Selma Blair off 'Anger Management.'

DreamWorks Animation
A scene from the DreamWorks Animation TV series "Dragons: Riders of Berk" on Cartoon Network. (Cartoon Network /August 27, 2012)

DreamWorks Animation reinventing itself with TV deals

With the freshly-announced deals to produce animated television shows for Netflix and Germany's leading children's TV channel, DreamWorks Animation is well on the way to reinventing itself as a multifaceted media company.
That's the message Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is imparting to Wall Street in the wake of the company's television deals with Netflix and Super RTL.
"We're now on a path to becoming the biggest producer and distributor of high quality TV programming on a global basis," Katzenberg said in a conference call with analysts Tuesday.  "DreamWorks is increasingly shifting from an animated film company into a multifaceted entertainment company."
Since its launch as a public company in 2004, DreamWorks Animation has focused primarily on making animated movies such as the "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" franchises.  Despite the success of most of its movies, the studio has been trying to lessen its dependence on box-office revenues, at a time when DVD sales have been declining, by focusing more attention on the television business.
DreamWorks already produces several animated TV shows based on its characters, including a successful series onCartoon Network based on "How to Train Your Dragon," and now will rapidly expand its output.
The Glendale company will produce 1,200 episodes of animated TV shows for Netflix, RTL and other outlets over the next five years. Revenues from television will exceed $200 million by 2015, up from $100 million in 2013, Katzenberg said.
Katzenberg said DreamWorks aims to secure deals with other television networks around the world, including in China.
The company has agreed to create more than 300 hours of programming for Netflix, the world's largest streaming service, which first partnered with DreamWorks Animation in September 2011, replacing a previous pact with HBO.
"They are a very different platform, they engage their customers in very different ways,'' Katzenberg said in an interview. "The ability to offer, in particular for families, what right now seems to be the most popular viewing experience, makes it a great home for us."

After the coffee. Before knocking this cold out.
The Skinny: I thought the San Antonio Spurs knew how to close. Not sure I see them winning a Game 7 on the road. Wednesday's headlines include a recap of Federal Communications Commission nominee Tom Wheeler's confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee and Charlie Sheen makes clear he won't take any lip from his co-stars.

Steven Berns (L) and Chandler Bigelow
Steven Berns (L) has joined Tribune Co. as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Current CFO Chandler Bigelow h

Daily Dose: Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, has hired Revlon executive Steve Berns as its new chief financial officer. Chandler Bigelow, who had been CFO since 2008, has been named executive vice president and chief business strategies and operations officer. More on the appointments from the Los Angeles Times

Big decision. Thomas Tull, head of Legendary Entertainment, said the production company ("Dark Knight," "The Hangover") will decide in the next 60 days where it will make its home. Currently based at Warner Bros., there has been rampant speculation that Legendary will exit the studio. On Tuesday, Tull said Legendary is talking to everybody and didn't rule out staying at Warner Bros. More on Legendary from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Tom Wheeler
FCC nominee Tom Wheeler appears before the Senate Commerce Committee. (Bloomberg / June 18, 2013)

In the spotlight. Tom Wheeler, nominated last month to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, got through a Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing with nary a scratch. Wheeler stressed competition over regulation and, like most nominees, avoided getting into any details that would shed light on his thinking. He even said to one senator asking about media consolidation, “I am specifically trying not to be specific.” Bet that line doesn't work at home. Details on Wheeler's hearing from the New York TimesLos Angeles Times and Broadcasting & Cable

What if the Lakers were winning? A group of cable subscribers have filed a class action lawsuit against Time Warner Cable for how it is selling its Lakers sports channel and will likely sell a Dodgers network. Both channels are carried by Time Warner Cable as part of its basic service and sold to other distributors the same way. In other words, there is no way not to buy the channels. Of course, this is how much of the pay-TV industry operates and the courts have in the past been reluctant to challenge how channels are packaged. In other words, don't hold your breath. Coverage of the suit from Deadline Hollywood.

Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair
Charlie Sheen gives Selma Blair a piece of his mind. (FX / June 19, 2013)

Can't say I'm surprised. When Charlie Sheen was at odds with the producers of "Two and a Half Men," one of the common complaints was that he came to work late and often unprepared. He was then booted from the show. Selma Blair, costar of Sheen's new comedy "Anger Management" on FX, made similar observations recently. So, did the producers tell Sheen to get it together or quietly try to make peace  between the duo? Nope. Instead Blair is now off the show. Sheen has a stake in the show so it's hardly a surprise that he calls the shots. Probably a blessing for her. More on the drama fromTMZ.

Amateur hour. For the first time in five years, Chevy will have a commercial in next year's Oscars. But there is a twist. According to Advertising Age, rather than make its own ad, Chevy will ask aspiring filmmakers to submit entries in a contest and the winner will get to make the spot for the show.

On Location
Actress Katey Zouck says she felt violated after learning that the casting call she showed up for was a prank being filmed for a movie about two men who try to one-up each other with outrageous stunts. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times /June 4, 2013)
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A casting call turned out to be a prank and some of the victims are not happy. ABC Family's new drama "The Fosters" might be too modern of a family for some viewers. 

"The Fosters"
Teri Polo, standing, and Sherri Saum (seated at center) star in "The Fosters." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times /June 10, 2013)