6/19/2007

Video builds the radio guy

I'm watching the tail end of the debut of Max Headroom, one of those shows from the late 80's that seemed so amazingly different, refreshing. The premiere revolves around an advertising conspiracy that's killing people. When I was a kid, this seemed so futuristic and somehow important. A television show was critiquing television practices.

Now, the irony comes in because I'm watching this show on Joost, which is a new service created by the makers of Skype and KaZaa. There's advertising, of course, but it seems so seamless, you hardly notice it. A friend of mine sent me an invite today, and there's a ton of content here that I can watch legally, as often as I want. And, the picture is pretty darned good, full-screen.

Everything is changing, and changing fast. Steve Safran of Lost Remote was recently a guest on Coy Barefoot's show and continued preaching the gospel of convergence, and Joost is so far the best (legal) implementation I've seen. It lacks fresh content, but things begin playing immediately.

We had a meeting of the Charlottesville Podcasting Network think tank yesterday (at Court Square Tavern, of course) and I mentioned how excited I am about adding video to the offerings on Charlottesville Tomorrow. In the past few days, we've posted two features, and we're now purchasing what we need to make sure we can do this on a regular basis. Take a look at the one we did on the sinkhole.



At the end of the Safran show, Coy gives his typical shout-out to the Charlottesville Podcasting Network, and added: "Right now, no video, just audio, for now."

So, can we do it? How do we do it, and for what purpose?

One of my colleagues at CPN said video was too difficult to do on a regular basis - but, I think we have a duty to expand into video as soon as possible. While I don't expect to be in Joost before too long, the audience is coming fast, and they're coming for video. Audio still has its place, but we're a visual culture. I'm amazed at how much there is to learn in terms of how to tell a story visually. But, I learned how to do radio on my own, and now it's great fun using my journalistic skills to think of how to take the "public radio style" and apply it to video.

Other reporters are doing this, too. They're leaving traditional media for new kinds of organizations. Lost Remote recently had a post about something called Storybridge.tv, and I've not really delved into it yet. But, take a look. Isn't it beautiful? How do we build it here for Charlottesville?

To give you a sense of what I want to do, and what I think should be done, I conclude this post with the first line from one of National Public Radio's founding documents:

National Public Radio will serve the individual: it will promote personal growth; it will regard the individual differences among men with respect and joy rather than derision and hate; it will celebrate the human experience as infinitely varied rather than vacuous and banal; it will encourage a sense of active constructive participation, rather than apathetic helplessness.

6 comments:

Eric said...

Storybridge.tv looks very cool. The video quality is fantastic. I'd be interested in learning about how they're going to make money, though it sounds like that's not all it's about.

I'll be interested in listening to that new Safran interview on CPN and checking out some of the new video content as you guys experiment with it. I'm so interested in all of this stuff I sometimes wish I could get into it full-time.

Ruth said...

Hi Sean, Sorry to post off-topic from your recent blog article but.. do you have an email address? I've been trying to search all over it throughout this site and unable to find it.

Thanks!

Sean Tubbs said...

I don't know who you are?

Ruth said...

Oh, haha. Sorry. I posted on backward five's blog about The Black Donnellys. I didn't want to mention that as it would be off topic from this article.. but I was wondering if you would be interested in documenting or "podcasting" your first experiences watching the series.. when you get a chance. It would be interesting, because you could document honestly, whether you like it or not.

You left some valuable comments on backwards five. The Black Donnellys fans are interested to hear what you think of the episodes.

Sean Tubbs said...

Ruth, that's a good idea! I will watch it at some point, and produce something. It may take a couple of weeks, though. E-mail me at info@cvillepodcast.com

ruth said...

Sounds great! Will do Sean! We are looking forward to hearing/reading your honest and open opinions.