The tellers of truth are not the “enemies of the people”

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Last week, I joined with thousands of people around the country engaging with Q Commons on the topic “The Power of We.” For those less familiar, I’d soundbite Q as “TedTalks through a Christian worldview.”

As one of the Dallas Speakers, I tackled the topic of media in our divisive age. The video is below, but I’ve also included my script, as there were a couple pieces I had to trim on the fly to make the time limit work. Keep Reading

How a Flemish film rejuvenated my obsession with Americana music

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Original post on Medium.

When Crystal and I fired up The Broken Circle Breakdown on the AppleTV last night, I was initially hacked off to discover it was subtitled. We had bought into it based upon the trailer, which outlined the film via its English-language music and visuals, and not realizing it was an Oscar contender in the foreign film category.

Not that I’m anti-subtitles. Crystal works for a US distributor of Asian and Indie film, which means that we watch more subtitled fare than the average household. (This also suggests I might have been more up to date on the Oscar nods as well.) Keep Reading

"Entrepreneurial Media" comes to UT-Dallas

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As a startup media junkie, I’ve been both pleased and bemused by the recent trend of academic institutions starting to focus and train on entrepreneurship in media. While such training can only be good, I’ve been frustrated to see most of the activity limited to the traditional Big Media Hubs — on the East Coast at CUNY; on the West Coast at UC Berkeley; and at J-school stalwarts like Northwestern and Arizona State.
Don’t get me wrong– I laud the work of all of these programs, all led by people I consider friends and titans of the industry. Their work is critical and trailblazing. I crib heavily from their playbooks.
But there are things I’ve seen in common that I’d like to diversify:

  • All are in traditional hubs of news, hubs that in the case of the coasts may be so cosmopolitan, large and media-rich as to be anomalous in scale, or at least of limited transferability to communities in Middle America.
  • All come directly out of a Journalism school. This is on face a good thing, as Journalism needs as many people focused on business models as possible. But just as I applauded startups with different models from my old Pegasus News; and just as I’ve long lamented the lack of sales folks at myriad “Save The News” conferences, I’ve longed to see a media entrepreneurship program drawing on an even more eclectic group — Crowdsourcing the problem beyond the core, so to speak. Keep Reading

How I manage information overload — revisited

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One of the most popular posts on this blog was my December, 2009 missive on how I manage all the bits and bytes streaming past me all day. Today, I’m doing an e-Seminar for the International Women’s Media Foundation on lessons I learned in the Pegasus News startup, and my mentorees requested I add the info overload bit as an appendix. Enough has changed in a year-and-a-quarter that I thought I’d update it a bit, with a new post after the jump:
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Just be amazing

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On Saturday, I joined a half-dozen media friends, old and new, to speak to students at the KIPP: Truth Academy’s career day. Although it wasn’t part of our planned schtick, one thing that stood out for me was the fact that all of us had one thing in common — multiple jobs. Some divided between two conventional employers; others, had a day-job and their own business; others, a bunch of freelance clients.
As that’s increasingly the norm in our post-post-industrial age, and because I’m getting ready to do some networking at SXSW, I thought I’d go ahead and introduce my consulting entity, Just Be Amazing (JBA). I’d been holding off because of potential dayjob discussions in the background, but I think anyone who knows me understands by now that I’m going to be sharper across the board if I have the mental diversions of multiple irons in the fire.  JBA may just be a dba for my freelance work, or it might someday become its own company, but it’s a concept that I’m striving to display in all I do.
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