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Great time to be an Indie Recording Artist

Posted in Uncategorized , on December 30, 2007 ,

Ouch! These RIAA lawsuits against music listeners is just plain abuse of the legal system, and certainly poor public relations. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t condone downloading free music through bit-torrent (file sharing sites are blocked on my computer), but suing some poor guy for backing up his music on his computer is going way to far.

In legal documents in its [RIAA] federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

If thats the case, I better get myself a lawyer, because the first thing I do when I get a new CD is to burn it to my computer. I don’t even own a CD player, and I mostly listen to music on my computer while I work.

The net result of all these feeble attempts to sustain an outdated business model is to encourage and strengthen the indie music industry.

Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA, sees it coming.

The RIAA’s legal crusade against its customers is a classic example of an old media company clinging to a business model that has collapsed. Four years of a failed strategy has only “created a whole market of people who specifically look to buy independent goods so as not to deal with the big record companies,” Beckerman says. “Every problem they’re trying to solve is worse now than when they started.”

If there ever was a time to be an independent artist, it is now! Recording gear AND distribution costs are going exponentially down — all it takes is the determination go at it and the talent to stand out from the rest (and sometimes not even that…).


Back in business…

Posted in Uncategorized , on December 29, 2007 ,

Helo! If you’ve been here recently, you may have noticed some technical difficulties going on. I’ve been pretty consumed with a lot of things recently, leaving me with little time to dedicate to the blog. But now that I finished my MBA, got settled in my new job and got done with my travels and speaking engagements for 2007, I plan to get back into writing and posting more often.

So, I’ve had to do a re-install and upgrade of Word Press, and as you can tell, my custom design has gone bye-bye! But, no fear — I have a back up somewhere. Nevertheless, I think I’ll use the excuse to look around for a new Word Press Template to customize. For today, I’m trying out this Mac style…what do you think?

I’m going to try to get back into a blogging rhythm with my usual regular posts on the intersection of technology with communications. I do expect to start touching on business topics a lot more, which I hope will ad value to the blog.

More to come soon…


A little more about online journalism

Posted in Uncategorized , on November 3, 2007 ,

After a quick search, I found a very interesting power point I think would be very helpful to aspiring journalists. Check it out.


Day Two: Conference for Minority Journalists of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized , on November 3, 2007 ,

We started this morning with a session with photojournalists Gary Fong & Kenneth Irby. Interestingly, Kenneth is a ordained pastor, which made for a very fun Gospel-like presentation!

Kenneth Irby

I’ll be presenting along side La Shawn Barber at 1PM about the power of blogging. I have read La Shawn’s blog for a long time, but I never had the honor of meeting her. I’m hoping to learn a thing or two from her, as well as from the many other great presenters today.

La Shawn Barber

You can get a preview of what I will be talking about via SlideShare.net.


Day One: Conference for Minority Journalists of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized , on November 2, 2007 ,

Dr. Robert Case is providing introductions for the start of the conference. I just heard the sad news that my good friend Rudy Carrasco won’t be here tonight. Day One: Conference for Minority Journalists of Faith

Herbert Lowe will be giving the introduction keynote speech.

Herbert Lowe is director of communications for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a nonprofit research and policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the foundation in May 2007, Lowe was a newspaper reporter at Newsday in New York City. He is a past president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the world’s oldest and largest organization for journalists of color.

Lowe was elected on Aug. 8, 2003, to a two-year term as NABJ president, and served as chairman of its 19-member board of directors and chief spokesman during a period of unprecedented growth. The total of full, associate and student members swelled to a record 4,695 in July 2004, a 43 percent increase from a year earlier.


In NY for WJI Conference for Minority Journalists of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized , on November 2, 2007 ,

Hi everyone, Sorry I have been missing in action for so long. There has been a lot going on, starting with a recent job change and a move. I hope to keep blogging here, though it won’t be with the same regularity that you have seen in the past.

I’m in NY City this evening, and I got to bring along my lovely bride. I’ll be speaking tomorrow along side LaShawn Barber about blogging at the WJI Conference for Minority Journalists of Faith. I’ll post up some thoughts later tomorrow, but for the most part, I’m going to spend my time sharing with students and having a nice time with my wife.

Professional and college journalists of faith will gather together for the annual World Journalism Institute weekend conference for minority journalists of faith. The conference will take place at The King’s College in midtown Manhattan.

This unique conference is designed to provide the Christian minority journalist with a brief introduction to the courses and networking of the World Journalism Institute.

Those who attend will be encouraged and challenged to integrate their Christian faith and journalism practice in a fashion appropriate for today’s mainstream newsrooms. The conference is an opportunity to meet other like-minded journalists from around the country to discuss issues facing the minority journalist of faith.

The conference will be composed of lectures, seminars, media tours and fellowship. The third annual Samuel R. Cornish Lecture will be given in honor of Cornish, who founded the first African-American newspaper.


Protecting Your Personal Brand Online

Posted in Uncategorized , on October 13, 2007 ,

Your Facebook profile may cost you a job or promotion.

In one University of Dayton survey of employers, 40 percent of respondents said they’d consider Facebook data when making hiring decisions. So while social- network lies might not immediately cost you a job, they could come back to haunt you. “We don’t know how long the information you post today will remain on the Web,” says Susan Barnes, associate director of the Lab for Social Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “Once information is out there, it’s really difficult to erase.”

Have you audited your name on Google? Type in your full name in quotes, and see what comes up. Chances are your potential boss did the same thing. While there is no need to panic for stuff that is obviously not yours, if you did post up pictures of last New Year’s party, you might want to consider taking them down. Consider that it can take up to 3 months for a search engine or directory to update its index, so don’t leave it for last minute.

HT: Urban Onramps


Connecting your organization with new media

Posted in Uncategorized , on October 13, 2007 ,

Rob Neppell just launched a new company:

Kithbridge, Inc. was launched as an evolution of one of the blogosphere’s original and most successful blog-tracking sites, The Truth Laid Bear. While The Truth Laid Bear provides a portal and blog search engine for individual bloggers and blog-readers, Kithbridge provides customized technology, services, and strategies for businesses, political campaigns, nonprofits, and other organizations which seek to fully engage with the growing and dynamic world of the blogosphere and new media.

Kithbridge’s founder and president is Rob Neppell, known online by the pseudonym “N.Z. Bear”. In 2002, Rob created the first and still-definitive blog tracking system, The TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem, and over the past five years has earned a reputation as one of the key innovators in the new world of weblogs and citizens’ media.

If your company is wanting to make inroads in the world of new media, Rob is your man. You can read more here.


Heads Up: Conference for Minority Journalists of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized , on October 2, 2007 ,

I’ll be part of a panel discussing blogs, and online writting at this year’s WJI Conference for Minority Journalists of Faith. You can see the full list of educators who will be presenting.

Professional and college journalists of faith will gather together for the annual World Journalism Institute weekend conference for minority journalists of faith. The conference will take place at The King’s College in midtown Manhattan.

This unique conference is designed to provide the Christian minority journalist with a brief introduction to the courses and networking of the World Journalism Institute.

Those who attend will be encouraged and challenged to integrate their Christian faith and journalism practice in a fashion appropriate for today’s mainstream newsrooms. The conference is an opportunity to meet other like-minded journalists from around the country to discuss issues facing the minority journalist of faith.

The conference will be composed of lectures, seminars, media tours and fellowship. The third annual Samuel R. Cornish Lecture will be given in honor of Cornish, who founded the first African-American newspaper.

ENROLLMENT CAP
Enrollment for the weekend conference is limited only by classroom size. Carpe diem!

COST
Because of generous underwriting, a registration fee of $50 is the cost. World Journalism Institute will provide meals and some classroom materials.


I'll be at NSHMBA's 18th Annual Conference and Career Expo

Posted in Uncategorized , on October 2, 2007 ,

I’ll be heading out to Houston TX on Thursday for NSHMBA’s 18th Annual Conference and Career Expo. I’ll be saying a few words at a the Proctor & Gamble Luncheon, but otherwise its going to be just a time to meet up with our members, and do some networking. You can learn more and register by going to the NSHMBA web site.

Thousands of Hispanic MBA students and professionals will attend the conference looking for career opportunities and professional development. In addition to a very informative conference of business issues, NSHMBA organizes perhaps one of the most preeminent career expos around to provide Hispanic students an opportunity to network with the corporate recruiters.

Last year was yet another success with 6,800 of the best and the brightest Hispanic MBAs professionals and students, 237 corporations, and 74 academic institutions attending. Each year the event has grown and this year we are expecting more than 7,000 attendees.

Dates: October 4 -6, 2007

Career Expo Dates: October 5 & 6, 2007

Expected Attendance: over 7,000

Conference Location:
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010