Kempton presents U_News@4 promo video for Sarah Hill of KOMU-TV from Calgary, Canada

Thursday, 15 September, 2011

U_News@4 #SarahHill

I created a promo video from Calgary, Canada at Glenmore Reservoir (Google Satellite Map) and Heritage Park (Google Street View) for Sarah Hill‘s KOMU U_News@4. Check it out.

Kempton presents U_News@4 for Sarah Hill of KOMU-TV from Calgary, Canada

HT: Credit goes to my Google+ friend +Mike Downes‘s promo video (see here) for inspiring me to bring the beautiful Glenmore Reservoir and Heritage Park to U_News@4 viewers.


Interview with Sarah Hill – KOMU-TV Google+ Hangouts and new interactive U_News@4 show

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

U_News@4 #SarahHill

Ground breaking interactive U_News@4

This afternoon, I had the pleasure to interview Sarah Hill, KOMU-TV 5pm news and the new U_News@4 anchor. I asked Sarah to travel back in time to July to share with us her first experiences with Google+ Hangouts. I also asked Sarah to tell us what she had to do to convince the bosses at KOMU to give Google+ Hangout a try. Sarah also talked about the origin of the concept of the new show U_News@4, launching in a few days on Sept 12th 4pm CST, and the various segments of the new show.

Here is my video interview with Sarah. Enjoy.

Also have a watch of U_News@4 #SarahHill Preview.

Concluding Thoughts

One of the Quotes I Love is,

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” – a quote by Arthur Miller

In light of Sarah‘s innovative and expert use of Google+ Hangouts, I think this makes perfect sense.

A good hangout, I suppose, is a world talking to itself.

Additional news & articles references

* Sept 6, 2011, “U_News Test Drive Makes International Headlines“. Here is an excerpt,

“U_News provides a new digital forum for U to personally share your news, opinions, kudos and community events. Our viewers will essentially co-host this newscast.”

* My previous two articles “KOMU Sarah Hill Google+ Hangouts – General insights” and “Technical Insights and Ideas to Reshape Newsrooms“.

* July 7, 2011, “KOMU Airs Live Google Plus Video Chat

KOMU became the 1st local television station Thursday to air a live on-air Google Plus video chat.

The group video chat is called “Hangout” and it aired live during KOMU 8 News at 5. Google viewers were able to share their experiences with this new social networking site on-air with television viewers.”


Missouri School of Journalism Method, a “learn by doing” approach

Tuesday, 9 August, 2011

Missouri School of Journalism - Apple Mac Book pro - promo

Although I’ve never set foot in Missouri School of Journalism, I am getting to know the Missouri J-School via KOMU-TV ‘s Sarah Hill and Jen Reeves. To me, the Missouri method, a “learn by doing” approach, seems like the right way to go.

Check out this Apple in Education promo for a cool video and text info.


Standing together with the people of Norway

Saturday, 23 July, 2011

First of all, at this sad moment in Norway and world history, I want to say I am standing together with the people of Norway.

From CBC News “Norway island camp massacre claims 80 – Bomb attack in downtown Oslo kills 7“, (emphasis added)

“Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose office is in the building that was bombed, said Norway will show the world that its democracy will only get stronger.

You will not destroy us. You will not destroy our democracy and our ideals for a better world,” he said.

“We are a small nation and a proud nation. No one will bomb us to silence. No one will shoot us to silence. No one will ever scare us from being Norway. This evening and this night, we will take care of each other, comfort each other, talk to each other, and stand together.

We must never stop standing up for our values.

Stoltenberg said Norway’s answer to violence is more democracy, “but not more naiveté.”

KOMU TV’s Sarah Hill video report, “Norwegians Speak on Oslo Bombings – KOMU talked with a handful of Norwegians via Google Plus about their reaction to the recent bombing outside government headquarters and shooting at a youth camp outside Oslo.

UK Guardian, “Norway attack: at least 80 die in Utøya shooting, seven in Oslo bombing – Scale of massacre at summer camp on island becomes clear after police discover more victims of Norwegian gunman

From UK Channel 4 (Amateur footage), “Oslo bomb attack – after the blast

Earlier report from UK Channel 4 News, “Norway attacks – Lindsey Hilsum reports

July 23 update: “Norway: Youth leader gives account of shooting at the camp


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