Newsboy of the Day: Japan edition


Yes, They have paperboys (or used to) in other countries.

Here is Aritsune Sato, a member of Kita City Assembly in Tokyo, Japan. As a sixth-grader he was a paperboy (no indication of which paper he threw) for a year to help the family save money.

Thanks, Megumi for the translation work.


Bloggers can’t touch this — yet


A parking deck collapsed in Atlanta yesterday. Amazingly there were no injuries reported. Authorities let the Press/Media in early this morning to take photos after the structure was stabilized and I’m betting that there were no citizen journalists covering the story at 4 a.m. and if there were, I doubt that they would have been granted permission to enter with the rest.

Citizen journalism is great for capturing breaking or impromptu news events, but I wonder how long it will be before they’re invited along for “staged” events. And how will it be determined who gets in?

Pool reporting for citizen journalists? Time will tell.

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?


On the Google NEws Blog yesterday, a call from Olivia Ma , YouTube News manager, for professional news publishers (we used to call them newspapers) to post news videos on YouTube and Google News.

We’re always looking for ways to enhance the way people consume the news, and we have some improvements planned over the next few months. To get things started, Google News and YouTube are teaming up to help news publishers build a bigger audience for their video content.

Today we are inviting any professional news outlet that is already included as one of the 25,000+ sources in Google News to become an official partner on YouTube and more easily share your news videos on both YouTube and Google News. Not already included in Google News? Just submit your site here for review.

Here are some of the benefits for News publishers who join the YouTube Partner Program:

Featured Premium Placement. YouTube news partners receive featured placement on the YouTube news page,, where we feature news videos from partners related to the top news stories on Google News. In addition, if you allow your videos to be embedded, they’ll be eligible to appear on Google News, which means additional exposure to all Google News users.

Cut Costs, Generate Revenue. YouTube offers free hosting for all of your video content and allows you to embed your videos anywhere on the web for free. And as an official YouTube partner, you’re eligible to participate in an advertising revenue share program.

Viewership Analysis. Learn more about the people viewing and interacting with your videos. Use YouTube’s Insight tool to easily discover troves of useful demographic information and understand what parts of your videos people liked or didn’t like. Geographic information provided can help you focus your marketing efforts.

Wider Audience. YouTube and Google News have millions of visitors every day searching for the latest news and information. Raise awareness around your brand and reach new audiences by making your video content available on YouTube and Google News. As a YouTube partner, you can maintain your brand’s look-and-feel with your own customized YouTube channel, and you can also drive traffic back to your own website.

Community. At its core, YouTube is a rich social environment that includes thousands of micro-communities. Build one around your content by encouraging people to interact through comments and video responses. Take advantage of YouTube as a social platform.

Go into light! Go into the light!

Artifact from the past: Eerie photo edition


Eerie photograph by Kurt Weston, who happens to be blind. You can read more about him at the above link, but I’m posting this because of the objects the model is holding up.

Youngsters, who are deep into digital photography and who may have never been in a darkroom probably will not recognize them as stainless steel developing reels for 35mm film.

I had many a late night and frantic moment rolling Tri-X ( Kodak’s high-speed black and white photographic film) on these. I’m surprised that you can still purchase these.

Page One: Celebrity death edition

Here’s some newspaper front pages from around the world today and how they played the deaths of Michael Jackson (mostly) and Farrah Fawcett (hardly).

Treatment ranges from the “Let’s ignore it because it’s not a local story” (Guelph Mercury and Montrose Daily Press) to “Let’s blow out the front page” (The Denver Post).

Of course the UK’s tabs weigh in with JACKO DEAD.

My vote for most bizarre — “Whaddya mean we don’t have a photo of the corpse? Just find me a photo as close as you can get!” (Las Ultimas Noticias).

Front Pages from The Newseum (


Engage readers, balance California’s budget, share with Arnie


“Try your hand at closing California’s budget shortfall, estimated at $24 billion.”

The L.A. Times has a nice interactive where you can choose where state funding should go, or not, and which tax should go up. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking for Californians to post their results to a Flickr group, “Your California Budget.”

This is a great way to engage readers, but I would have like to have had better instructions for the interface. At first I thought it was drag and drop, but it’s really “click here.” Oh well, not everything’s perfect.