Well, it’s not actually Skype, but it’s the next best thing. I acquired a Lenovo ThinkPad over the summer and have dedicated the laptop to my personal media projects. I do a lot with Skype and SoundCloud, as well as work for my employer via Adobe Audition. I outfitted the T42 with a camera purchased for a dollar at a garage sale: it’s become a workhorse for me, and I’ve discovered there are a lot of videoconferencing options out there…

Conor Dougherty has filed an article on the NY Times bits blog: “Google is playing with a new technology that it hopes will help people find more reliable medical information. It’s called a doctor.

  • LINK to the Bits Blog Article

The service involves Google’s “Helpouts” product — where people can search for experts and talk to them over video — a trial program in which people who are searching for symptoms like pink eye and the common cold can video-chat with a doctor. The company is working with medical groups including Scripps and One Medical, which are ‘making their doctors available and have verified their credentials,’ according to a spokeswoman.”

#ISIS #ISIL fighters in Deir Ezzor in Syria have reportedly released an 11 point guide for journalists working in areas under its control.

The rules are as follows:
1 Correspondents must swear allegiance to the Caliph [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi … they are subjects of the Islamic State and, as subjects, they are obliged to swear loyalty to their imam.

2 Their work will be under the exclusive supervision of the Isis media offices.

3 Journalists can work directly with international news agencies (such as Reuters, AFP and AP), but they are to avoid all international and local satellite TV channels. They are forbidden to provide any exclusive material or have any contact (sound or image) with them in any capacity.

4 Journalists are forbidden to work in any way with the TV channels placed on the blacklist of channels that fight against Islamic countries (such as Al-Arabiya, Al Jazeera and Orient). Violators will be held accountable.

5 Journalists are allowed to cover events in the governorate with either written or still images without having to refer back to the Isis media office. All published pieces and photos must carry the journalist’s and photographer’s names.

6 Journalists are not allowed to publish any reportage (print or broadcast) without referring to the Isis media office first.

7 Journalists may have their own social media accounts and blogs to disseminate news and pictures. However, the Isis media office must have the addresses and name handles of these accounts and pages.

8 Journalists must abide by the regulations when taking photos within Isis territory and avoid filming locations or security events where taking pictures is prohibited.

9 Isis media offices will follow up on the work of local journalists within Isis territory and in the state media. Any violation of the rules in place will lead to suspending the journalist from his work, and he will be held accountable.

10 The rules are not final and are subject to change at any time depending on the circumstances and the degree of cooperation between journalists and their commitment to their brothers in the Isis media offices.

11 Journalists are given a license to practice their work after submitting a license request at the Isis media office.

- RE-blogged courtesy of: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/live-blog-middle-east-it-happens-1909400379#sthash.bODyUtoD.dpuf


Starting out in life and building a career is easier for some of us, but not so much for others. Years ago my best friend’s brother had his heart set on becoming a trucker – driving those ‘big rigs’ cross-country. He went to a special school to learn how to drive the behemoths. But he couldn’t get work. I asked him why and he said “because every place I apply, they want someone with a minimum one year experience.” That was the last time I saw him, he even had a belt on that had a little tractor-trailer buckle on it. I don’t know if his dream ever came true or not. One of my favorite twitterers, Roslynn Cobarrubias, has a great presentation relating to starting out. Although her piece is directed toward the music industry, the parallel lines run deep and you can apply the thoughtstream here to any career choice. The most important thing: never give up, and don’t listen when people tell you you CAN’T do something. You can do it! Thanks Ros, for this article. I hope it helps others who are coming up!

Originally posted on THIRD FLOOR NETWORK:

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Had a blast returning to Cal State Fullerton to join fellow Walnut High School alum (Class of 2012) Christianne Holly Santiago on her Wednesday morning radio show called, “Your Morning Poison.” Walking thru campus down under the library where Titan Internet Radio still operates several years later with old rugs STILL on the wall gave me a sense of familiarity and comfortability before the interview. It was a humbling experience to return back to the place where working in the music industry was a developing dream after years as a working professional and now business owner. Holly and I discussed topics that came directly from CSUF students about the value of internships, how to network properly and developing your personal brand. I hope that anyone listens to it HERE or reads the interview below is inspired in whatever field they are in to continue to stay focused on…

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I was thinking of writing a blog article (like I do do many times when driving) but I was on my way to work, and, knowing I wouldn’t have any time to post until way later in the day (and might then not post at all), I took out my phone and recorded my thoughts. Take a ride to work with me!

Here’s a link to the Nairobi Wire article.


Great radio stories can be told in about three minutes and thirty seconds.

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