Four years later, I’m finishing this piece of archiving business.
A couple months ago, I announced I had moved my honors thesis to a subdomain of this site for the sake of organization and archiving. Following up on that resolution to make more tidy a rambling online portfolio, I have brought another dated, collection of work of which I am proud under this house.
I spent the better chunk of 2006 in Tokyo video podcasting, writing, traveling and learning on behalf of NBC Universal Digital Studios. Now all of that work can be found at japan.christopherwink.com.
See all the Episodes here and all the Archives here. Go and explore.
A few things interested me from my work in 2006:
- Short, bad titles — The post headlines were all short and sometimes not even descriptive. I didn’t recognize then the importance.
- I wrote a lot — I far outpaced all of my fellow castmembers in output, which is great, but I could have made much of the content terser and more straightforward.
- I actually had comments — On many posts, I had a handful of comments. I haven’t transferred them… yet.
- I never linked – I didn’t have a single link to a past post.
- Photo albums, not in posts – Photos and the video episodes were never embedded. This is the one major change I’ve made, by incorporating them.
- Yes, I called posts ‘blogs’ — But that was 2006. What’s the excuse today?
- I learned and experienced so damn much — I interacted with an audience and explored and created multimedia, but ultimately, I was just a young kid learning. ..And what a clear stepping stone toward the WDSTL podcast I did while in Western Europe.
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I’m always interested in workflow management. How can I, and the people around me, become more efficient, to get more and better work done in more condensed periods of time.
Real work flow is developed over time and with people whose work ethic you respect. But there are concepts to be had about getting that to work from the start. After moving into office space with Technically Media and working alongside my two colleagues so closely more often than ever before, I have been hunting for new ideas to bring to the process.
I came across a great TED talk from Jason Fried, one of the founders of web development firm 37signals, who was responsible for a great book with simple take aways on best business practices.
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The best way to get things done is to rule authoritatively. Demand and conquer.
The best way to save money is to cut back, cut back, cut back. Always do more with less.
You can create a trim, powerful, successful, lean and mean and impactful organization.
But what happens when no one wants to work there anymore?
After writing this, I came across a somewhat similar post from Seth Godin, in which he calls for leaders to ask for ‘better’ not for ‘more.’
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I have a flask (and a typewriter) on my desk . That desk is in new office space, as announced today.
In conjunction with the Technically Philly open data grant project, our Technically Media Inc. parent company has moved into a working office space at Temple University Center City at 1515 Market Street in Philadelphia.
It’s important to note that this office space is specifically for the six-month Technically Philly grant project, and so the office is used for those purposes and is only leased for that time.
It’s also important to note that we at TP take great interest in respecting, honoring and, in some ways, continuing the traditions of the past.
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I try to keep things simple.
Because there is so much crap out there, I like to think if you can’t describe simply, quickly and tersely what you do, then it’s probably not important.
So, in introducing my work with Technically Media, I kept it simply to that we build audiences, which is something of a tag line of ours.
But there are those in the industry and near to it who are a bit more interested in what exactly we’re proposing.
We’re calling what we do editorial strategy, something of a subset of a growing movement called content strategy, which usually falls under user experience design and differs itself from content marketing.
It’s a concept that pulling with content you create is going to become just as much as a given as pushing with social media you control.
But what the hell does all of that mean?
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On behalf of Technically Philly, I have started work on a six-month, William Penn Foundation-funded journalism project called Transparencity, covering the open data movement in Philadelphia, as was announced this morning.
Conducted in partnership with the Institute for Public Affairs at Temple University (which is chaired by my college honors thesis adviser), the project’s focus is “toward collaborative projects using technology and journalism to increase the availability and use of actionable government data.”
The support helps bolster existing coverage and allows me to strengthen relationships with new and previously only tenuous sources. Read all about our goals and expectations on the Technically Philly post here.
Those outputs show our work will extend beyond traditional coverage, but, to start, that has been a large part. I’ll update more here on the reporting that I am doing.
The William Penn Foundation is technically funding the nonprofit Institute, which, in serving as our fiduciary agent, is contracting out for-profit Technically Media Inc.’s Technically Philly news site. …Did ya get all that?
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Zoltan Glass: A Journalist writing in his BMW, Paris 1934 © Science & Society Picture Library, UK
I was asked what it is I actually enjoy about this journalism world, its form and practice.
So I rattled off some answers:
- I like writing
- I like telling stories.
- I like getting a little bit closer to truth.
- I like focusing on different conversations.
- I love asking questions and learning.
All of my interest and focus on business has come from these passions, though, entrepreneurship itself has certainly become intertwined, as building your own company is one hell of an education.
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Photographer Colin Lenton, whom I came to know during our college newspaper days, and a few of his colleagues have rented out beautiful space in the Frankford neighborhood and have made it into a unique studio space.
This weekend, Philadelphia Productions, what they call themselves, held a great grand opening party.
They had a camera set up that could take portraits with a click of a button and everyone had fun with it. See examples here.
Lenton and I did as well.
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PHILADELPHIA — Regional technology news site Technically Philly has announced today that it is organizing the first ever Philly Tech Week to be held across the Philadelphia area April 25-30, 2011.
Philly Tech Week will be a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia. The annual week of events is intended to grow the impact of this innovative region through programming focused on technology, collaboration and improving Philadelphia
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