KOMU U_News@4 premiers today (Sept 12th) 4pm CST – User-generated promos – Love Is In The Air, Everywhere I Look Around

Monday, 12 September, 2011

A traditional TV news show is one that talks to you. You learn about the news form the show. A One-Way Street.

An interactive TV news show is one that talks to you AND lets you talk back to it! A Two-Way Street!

U_News@4 #SarahHill

Ground Breaking U_News@4

In the ground-breaking KOMU U_News@4 premiering today (Sept 12th) 4pm CST, Sarah Hill, an eight time Emmy award winning reporter, will use Google+ Hangout to co-host the show with people from around the world. Sarah‘s co-hosts will appear via G+ Hangout video in the studio on her 52 inch monitor!

Love Is In The Air, Everywhere I Look Around

For days before U_News@4 launches . Sarah‘s co-hosts from around the world have been spreading the word about the show. And showing their love and passion about U_News@4. Here are some sample video clips, articles and interview, and many many photos! Enjoy.

User-generated promotional videos from UK and Canada

+Mike Downes presents U News from Kenilworth Castle KOMU TV Sarah Hill [via Mike Downes]

U_News@4 Sarah Hill, hangouts with Bill Shatner and Ricky Gervais

User-generated articles and video interview

Kim Beasley’s article, “Learn How To Broadcast A Newscast Via Google Hangout – Technorati TV

Kempton Lam’s article and video interview, “Interview with Sarah Hill – KOMU-TV Google+ Hangouts and new interactive U_News@4 show

User-generated promotional photos from around the world

In alphabetical order, the photo links: Al Navas – U Sign, Bruce Garber – U Sign, Bruce Garber – We’re Listening To “U” – promo, Chad LaFarge – U Sign, Dan Weil – U Sign, Haley Brueck – U SignJen Reeves – U SignJoseph Puglisi – Bill promo, Kempton Lam – Sarah, Bill, Ricky U_News@4 promo, Kempton Lam – U Sign, Kim Beasley – U Sign, Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec – U_News@4 Sarah on Moon promo, Laurent Jean Philippe Ravalec – U_News@4 TIME promo, Mike Downes – U_News from Kenilworth Castle promo, pio dal cin – U Sign, Robert Anderson – U Sign, Robert Redl – U Sign, Steve Oberman – U Sign.

(note: a few of the above Google+ links may have limited access, their photos are included below.)

Al Navas - U Sign

Bruce Garber - U Sign

Bruce Garber - We're Listening To "U" - promo Read the rest of this entry »


KOMU Sarah Hill Google+ Hangouts – General insights

Friday, 29 July, 2011

KOMU Sarah Hill G-Plus Hangouts - pix 00 - Sarah

Background

It has been my pleasure to attend a number of KOMU anchor Sarah Hill‘s interesting Google+ newsroom Hangouts since July 19, 2011. In this detailed article, I will try to share some of my general experiences, observations, and insights. To help this article flow better and less bogged down by highly technical ideas/solutions, I am gathering my technical-orientated observations and suggestions in a separate article.

Since Google+ (and its Hangouts) is a new tool that is only one month old, these notes only reflect my initial thoughts/impressions. I expect my views will be changed later when I learn more. I’ve tried to reference ideas I read elsewhere as best as I can by providing crediting them and provide links to them.

Location, what Location? – Think Global, Act Local

KOMU Sarah Hill G-Plus Hangouts - pix 01 - Sarah, Location

I first heard of KOMU and Sarah likely from “5 Ways Journalists Are Using Google+” (July 17th, 2011 Mashable article). On the internet, the location really doesn’t matter. I live in Calgary, Canada and I participated in KOMU-TV newsroom Hangouts in Columbia, MO. And through Sarah, I’ve got to know and Hangout with Angie Bailey, KOMU AnchorStephen Clark (Detroit, WXYZ TV), Amy Wood, (South Carolina, WSPA TV), and KOMU Interactive Director Jen Reeves. Where they are “physically located” have no impact on our interactions at all.

By attending these newsrooms Hangouts, I have now hungout with people from around the world. People who joined from different parts of US, Canada, and Europe. So far, no Asian countries because of time zone differences, I suppose.

Will evening news stay as “appointment television”?

KOMU Sarah Hill G-Plus Hangouts - pix 02 - appointment TV

I heard the use of “appointment television” from one of the television executives attending Banff World TV Festival a few years ago. Here is an useful definition,

“appointment television: the decision of tv viewers to schedule their time so that they watch a specific program at a specific time

With the advent of around the clock news websites (often with videos) updates from major national and international news outlets (BBC, CNN, Guardian, etc), plus the local newspapers getting into the same game (with video), the evening news, especially for the younger people, are no longerappointment television“.

The viewers won’t want to be locked into watching news at a fixed time, from one news source when they can and are getting news from many different reliable sources online, whenever they want.

I believe the “commodification of news” is close to done. Many news programs are working hard to differentiate their news programs by supplementing “regular” news that they must report (even most people have heard/read elsewhere) by adding special unique segments, panel discussions, etc. For example, in Canada, CBC National “At Issue” panel (a political panel of 2-3) or “Rex Murphy” segment (like 60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney).

I should emphasize, I write this section with an optimistic mindset as I don’t believe not “appointment television” is entirely bad. I believe there are new ways to make money in this new time. Stories may need to be packaged differently. Ads need to be sold differently. In the next section, I will talk about two ways to make money.

How to make money? – Revenue Generation

One thing I enjoy a lot from Sarah‘s Hangouts is the brain storming sessions. When the environment is open and the participants are engaging, the sessions can be very illuminating and productive.

Some people suggested the following ways to generate revenue (make money) online, Read the rest of this entry »


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