We have a location, folks. Eric Ortiz and his wife Maria Burns Ortiz have graciously invited us to their home in Cambridge on January 15 to meet up with ONA Bostonians, catch up and… maybe share your news year resolutions.
What are you going to change this news year? What are the big stories going to be? What new technologies are your going to learn/teach in 2013?
Or just tell us where you went skiing over the holidays! Also… please bring something to share!
Eric and Maria live at: 65 Reservoir Street in Huron Village.
ONA Boston launches into Spring with a social event at the Cambridge Brewing Company (by popular request).
We’ll have a casual meetup at 7pm, with a few hours to talk and share ideas and set the world to rights. Hopefully you’ll find time to talk about what’s been working for you, what hasn’t, new tools, and how the NE Red Cross has shot to the top of every journalist’s source list! Watch this space for event details.
The Cambridge Brewing Comany is also well situated for anyone who wants to move on for a game of pool or dinner.
NPR Digital services is excited to host the first ONA Boston meetup of 2012! We hope to make this an informal yet educational meetup where we can all chat about — what else? — elections.
Bring ideas and examples
This will be a “show-and-tell” where we ask you to bring some of the best examples of web election coverage you’re seeing out there. You can also showcase something your organization has produced or even take us on the inside track of projects you’re working on. We’ll have a computer and TV setup if you don’t want to lug your laptop here. The more participation we get the more useful this will be, but feel free to just check out what everyone else is doing. Hopefully this can spawn some good discussions about what makes for good election coverage on the web.
I know you’re thinking it. It’s okay. I would be, too. The answer is yes, we will have some beverages (beer, wine, soda) and snacks. You’ll need to RSVP ahead of time so we have an accurate count. Feel free to bring guests but specify when you RSVP.
ONA Boston is calling all area digirati to a special event on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., when it will host a networking event and tour of The Boston.com/Boston Globe Lab, a space at the Globe dedicated to understanding, imagining and demonstrating the (near) future of news and advertising. With only 50 available spots, don’t sleep on RSVPing. For more information and to register, head over to meetup.com.
Producer Adam Westbrook recently built an essay called The Web Video Problem about how cinematic video content is wrong for the web, and that we can and ought to recreate the visual storytelling experience on the web entirely. Toward that end, he’s working on web publishing house (Hot Pursuit).
In visual storytelling on the web we are still talking about images in deliberate sequence. We are juxtaposing these images, either over time (in a linear audio/visual way) or in space (like a web comic might).
If we accept this definition of visual storytelling (in the purest sense) then it doesn’t matter if it’s video, a web comic or even an animated GIF - or a combination of all these and more.
Combine this with the growing capabilities of the web browser, and the connectedness of the internet, and potentially we have the ability to tell dynamic, visual stories in a way that hasn’t been done before.
This excites me very much.
The essay is nicely built and designed with bold, scrolling visuals (using the curtain jquery plug-in, which yes, is very popular these days and can be downloaded here for your own building pleasure) so that you can choose to read the whole thing or just get the highlights. It’s worth checking out.
Bonus: He provides some great resources on visual storytelling: