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Media Start-ups: Breaking Free From the (Dark?) Forces of Big Media

Media Start-ups: Breaking Free From the (Dark?) Forces of Big Media

In my previous post, I wrote about how traditional news media in the U.S. are worried.  The Internet has shattered the old business model.  Many are now turning to digital and mobile devices for information.

Take a look at this: Data from the Pew Research Center show 50% of Americans now turn to the Internet as a source of news – a big jump from 13% in 2001. TV as a news source is declining from 74% in 2001 to 69% in 2013, and an even more dramatic decrease for newspapers from 45% to 28% in the same period.

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Next Top Model: Shaking Up Traditional Media

Next Top Model: Shaking Up Traditional Media

 I grew up at a time when traditional media was king in the Philippines.  It was shortly after the People Power revolution in 1986, the nonviolent uprising that overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, a period when critical media outlets were shutdown. 

After the revolt, Filipinos were ravenous for real news and information.  Newspapers came back in force, but TV was the dominant medium for the masses.  At 6:30pm, every household would be tuned in to the nation’s top-rating newscast.  People were riveted.  Philippine media were fearless once again. 

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Where Were You When 9/11 Happened?

Where Were You When 9/11 Happened?

It’s an event which will forever define a particular point in our lives.  I had been a reporter for barely 2 years when 9/11 happened.  I had just come home from a long work day, watching the late night local newscast in Manila when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers.  I watched the scene with horror, trying but failing, to make sense of it all.  The image of the towers crashing down will forever be etched in the collective memory of this generatio

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A Visit to Facebook New York (Who Wants to be a 'Social Media Journalist?')

A Visit to Facebook New York (Who Wants to be a 'Social Media Journalist?')

Facebook’s New York office on Madison Avenue has that young and brash vibe that you would expect from the social networking giant (though a bit underwhelming, I would imagine, compared to its Menlo Park, California headquarters which we will visit in a couple of weeks).

There’s a Facebook Wall filled with graffiti.  Grab some colored felt-tip pens and merrily doodle away.  Madonna signed her name on the wall.  

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The Dakota War, Manila's Million People March, and "The Little House on the Prairie"

           ("Million People March" against corruption in Manila.  photo by Koryn Iledan)

It was an idyllic outdoor setting for a talk by historian Bill Bolin: surrounded by the trees and the lake at the Shetek Retreat Center in Slayton (near Tracy) in Southwest Minnesota.

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