Web Blackouts Boost SOPA Protests

  1. SOPA is an anti-piracy bill working its way through Congress.
  2. Reuters TV breaks down the battle between Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley…
  3. Online piracy war: Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley
  4. Website blackouts caused the bill to lose some momentum in Washington. 
  5. Mashable released a copy of the House Bill Tuesday.
  6. As news spread of the blackouts, the nation began to pay more attention to SOPA. 
  7. Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

    Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

    The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

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  9. I blacked out my facebook in protest to SOPA and PIPA, will you do the same?
  10. Hundreds gathered to protest SOPA and PIPA in New York City Wednesday.
  11. Protesters hit the streets in Las Vegas, San Francisco and other cities too.
  12. Some even used social media to contact their legislators. 
  13. I just contacted Rep. Christopher Van Hollen to oppose #SOPA/#PIPA – Join me! tinyurl.com/7vq4o8g #wikipediablackout
  14. I voted for you and I oppose SOPA @Jim_Moran
  15. Mid-Missourians also started to tune into SOPA and its possible effects. 
  16. my nerdy labmate is boycotting the internet today for SOPA and he seems pretty excited about it. keeps referring to his “black out.”
  17. Tell @Microsoft to kill the bill, not the internet. Come out against #SOPA **and** #PIPA. via @Sum_Of_Us bit.ly/wWmHN6
  18. #SOPA would make posting a video of anyone singing happy birthday at child’s 1st birthday on Facebook a CRIME. possible jail time and fines.
  19. Some reached out to U.S Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill on SOPA. 
  20. @clairecmc SOPA is a key issue for me I will not vote for anyone who votes yes on the bill even if it means leaving part of the ballot blank
  21. .@clairecmc If PIPA/SOPA were laws today, your Twitter background would be illegal. PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT SOPA/PIPA! vice.com/read/pipa-support…
  22. @RoyBlunt as a registered voter and concerned MO citizen, I am asking you to please stop #SOPA
  23. @RoyBlunt SOPA is a key issue for me. I will not vote for anyone who votes yes on the bill even if it means leaving part of the ballot blank
  24. @RoyBlunt Thank you for withdrawing support of #SOPA / #PIPA and recognizing the need to protect both free speech and free enterprise.
  25. Senator Blunt announced his withdraw of SOPA Wednesday.
  26. I strongly oppose sanctioning Americans’ right to free speech in any medium, including over the internet. #SOPA #PIPA
  27. Upon cmte passage of this bill, Senate Judiciary GOPers said there were issues that must be addressed. I agree. #SOPA #PIPA
  28. Unfortunately, Sen Leader Reid disregarded those concerns & is pushing forward w/ a flawed bill that still needs much work. #SOPA #PIPA
  29. We can find a solution that will protect lawful content. But this bill is flawed & that’s why I’m withdrawing my support. #SOPA #PIPA
  30. Chairman of the bill, Lamar Smith of Texas, released this list of SOPA supporters near the end of 2011. 
  31. ProPublica is tracking where members of Congress stand on SOPA.
  32. The Huffington Post says President Obama must pick his position on SOPA… and the choice could affect his corporate support during the election year. 
  33. On Jan. 14, the White House said it does not support SOPA and PIPA. 
  34. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also released his position on SOPA Wednesday. 

Building your Brand

It’s more than just a website, or a profile… it’s your personal brand. These days, branding takes a lot more than a logo. On Nov. 30, #wjchat held a conversation on building your brand and doing it successfully. Check out my storify!

Shopping Smart

Box o' coupons

It is never to early to start saving money. KOMU-TV has a franchise called “8 on Your Money,” done by very own Angie Bailey. Her work inspired me to start collecting coupons and seeking tips on how to save at the grocery store. So far, I’m a baby couponer, but have tips to share:

  • Check the Sunday paper every week to get the best coupon inserts. RedPum, P&G and Smart Saver are the ones to look for.
  • Grocery store ads come out each week on Wednesday. Get the ads online, in store, or on an iPhone app to use other stores’ deals at a place where you can ad match…
  • Figure out which stores ad match. In Columbia, Patricias and Walmart are the only stores that ad match.
  • Combine your coupons with ad matching deals to save the most money.

I’m still learning the ways, but I’ll keep you posted on my adventures in saving money.

News Industry Profile

For #jenclass, I had the opportunity to interview a journalist who makes a living by tweeting all day. Check it out here.

What is Popular is not always Right

What is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular. I grew up hearing that from my family and community. This statement connects to leadership and taking the unpopular path, something I try to do in my everyday life. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. It is never easy. Failures happen from time to time, but we have to accept the consequences.

Gary Pinkel pled guilty to DWI Friday.

After KOMU broke the news Boone County deputies arrested Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel for suspicion of DWI, the news world entered a Pinkel Palooza. Every news organization between Kansas City and St. Louis reported this story. At KOMU, we focused our early newscasts on every aspect of this story and the greater effects it had on the community. The next day, Pinkel pled guilty to driving while intoxicated and the Boone County Sheriff’s department released the footage of the dashboard camera the night deputies arrest him. KOMU aired this footage on its Facebook page and on its newscast as soon as the newsroom received it. By midnight, hundreds of posts flooded the Facebook page, most ripping the station a part for showing the dashboard video.

Before I went to bed, I watched the entire video of the dashboard camera and read  every comment, post and tweet about the video. I felt so many emotions. I felt sad for Gary Pinkel as I watched the video, but I also couldn’t help but think he did this to himself. He dug his own grave. I was also appalled by the reaction of the public. People said they couldn’t believe KOMU would do this and the station reacted poorly. The pit in my stomach got bigger and bigger the more I read. Next thought that crossed my mind: people don’t get it. I understand where they are coming from, but I stand by the values I’ve been taught as a journalist and think we as a news organization would not be doing our duty to the public if we didn’t air the video. We have to look at the bigger picture at hand:

  • We started this story and we had to finish it. We just continued our report from the day before and gave the public every detail and piece of information out there
  • This video give the viewers and audience their perspective and make own opinions about Pinkel and the deputies.
  • Pinkel is a public figure. He does not have the same right to privacy as you or I do. He lives his life in the public eye and has to deal with the scrutiny of the news media. He is one of the highest, if not the highest paid employee in Mid-missouri. People care about this because he is the coach of a public university. We pay his salary… his large salary.
  • The public owns the video and has a right to see it.
  • All the other stations had the same video.

Gary Pinkel made a mistake. He is a leader in this community and should have acted above his behavior on Wednesday night. He did not do the right thing and has to endure the effects of his actions. KOMU did the right thing in airing the footage from the dashboard camera. The news organization followed protocol and its ethics to give the public every piece of information possible. It isn’t popular with a lot of Tiger fans, but was the right thing for a credible news organization to do.

More Rest Spots for Truckers on I-70

Today at KOMU, I covered a story on MoDOT spending money to add rest spots for truck drivers. View story here.

Parked Truck

Geeking out on Twitter

Check out my storify on what happened at work today!

Matt Lauer on KOMU 8

Taking on the #RealWorldLunch

On Friday Oct. 14, the Radio-Television department held its annual Real World Lunch to welcome back alumni to give advice to current students about the real world. Check out what I learned by viewing my storify!

I like simple directions. #realworldlunch

Covering the Hard Stories

I covered a tragic story yesterday about a man who died shortly after sheriff deputies tasered him. Check out my story here.

Multimedia at its Best

I love seeing journalists create multimedia websites and stories. They take an idea, person or issue and turn it into a piece told in different mediums that an audience isn’t used to seeing. One site I recently discovered is the New York Times series “One in 8 Million.” The piece features stories about the different people who live in New York City. Watching and listening to the stories, I learned about the history and culture of each person and

how the city brings together people with many different backgrounds.

Clicking on one of the photos featured on the stream of photos on the website, the viewer learns about the person’s s

tory, life and job through photos and sound bites. This type of storytelling allows the audience to see the person through their perspective. My favorite story is Louise Nicholas, the Jury Clerk. I got to see how she works and what she goes through as a jury clerk.

Multimedia journalism is the present and future of journalism. Stories now contain components of more than just a text piece or a video piece. Stories are being told in a new way and it will continue to change from here. When I work at the news station, I am constantly thinking of how I can tell the story I am working on differently on the web. I wish I could spend more time molding each story into something bigger for our website, but I do have to go home and sleep eventually.