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PODCAST: On the Record…Online with Blogger, Author, Journalist J.D. Lasica


J.D. Lasica, blogger, author, and journalist, goes On the Record…Online with host Eric Schwartzman at the New Communications Forum in Palo Alto, California, to discuss working as a journalist in the mainstream media, citizen journalism and citizen media, and the affects the new media has upon traditional journalism.

J.D. Lasica is co-founder and executive director of Ourmedia, a nonprofit global repository and community space for grassroots video, audio, photos and text. He’s a writer and blogger. His new book about the personal media revolution — “Darknet: Hollywood’s War Against the Digital Generation” — is the result of two years of reporting and research. J.D blogs about citizen media and digital rights at Newmediamusings.com and Darknet.com. In a previous life, he was an entertainment editor at the Sacramento Bee. He is a senior fellow of the Society for New Communications Research. J.D., thanks for joining us.

SHOW NOTES:

3:15 – J.D. Lasica talks about his work as a journalist in the mainstream media: “…my managing editor actually issued an edict at one point saying ‘any story containing the word the web has to be officially approved by me.’”
4:15 – Lasica on what he covered as a journalist.
4:40 – Lasica on leaving his job as a journalist and working for Microsoft.
5:14 – Lasica talks about Our Media: “…its been a wild success…”
7:17 – Lasica on how to determine what media content is valuable.
9:19 – Lasica on “remix culture.”
11:58 – Lasica talks about open source software.
13:12 – Lasica discusses the “Mashup Camp” conference and explains what mashups are.
14:20 – Lasica talks about RSS feeds.
15:20 – Lasica discusses the notion of objectivity in journalism.
16:58 – Lasica on working at a newspaper and in a newsroom: “…very seldom do they [those in charge of a newspaper] just let you run with a new idea…I think that’s become a real problem…” 18:35 – Lasica discusses citizen journalism and citizen media.
20:49 – Lasica explains what the terms “populist” and “citizens” mean in a political context.
22:55 – End

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