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  1. Website Update, Feb 2010

    It's been a busy week at MediaCollege.com. If you've visited the forum you'll have seen that we've had a major upgrade - you can read about it in this thread. I'm personally quite excited about the new possibilities.

    The Newsroom is starting to take shape. So far I've posted a few quick stories to help get the system working and I'm still fine-tuning it. I'm aiming to post at least a few stories most weeks but we'll see how it goes.

    We've been commissioning a few more ...
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  2. When news balance isn't balanced

    This morning I came across an article called 5 Things The Media Loves Pretending Are News (warning: course language). I particularly liked it because it mentions one of my biggest annoyances with news reporting: "Let's Ask the Idiots About Science".

    All journalists are taught a basic principle of good reporting: Present both sides to any argument. If a politician presents a certain point of view, get an interview with an opposing politician who provides "balance". In theory this makes ...
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  3. New Standard for TV Commercial Volume

    Way back in October 2003 a message was posted in our forum asking why TV commercials seem louder than regular programming. It's a complicated situation and comments in the thread over the last six years have helped explain how it works and why it's taking so long to get anything done about it.

    While I'm not getting too excited just yet, it is encouraging to see the International Telecommunication Union propose a technical standard on commercial volume limits. Essentially they have ...
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  4. Vote for features in Youtube 2.0

    The official YouTube blog has a post about an upcoming overhaul of the entire site. This has been speculated for a while but it now looks imminent. Possible new features include:
    - HTML5 support with some form of open video standard (yay!)
    - Multiple channels per user
    - Video file storage
    - Monetization for all producers (not just the most popular ones)
    - Live streaming (critical IMO)
    - A completely new look
    - And of course, lots of bug-fixes
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  5. Blog Back in Business

    It's been quite a long time since I posted anything in the MediaCollege.com blog. I won't bore you with excuses, I just want to let our subscribers know that I'm back and looking forward to posting again.

    I'm hoping to do lots of work on the website this year and I have lots of ideas for new material. Unfortunately one of my biggest tasks is to update old material; for example, much of our web design tutorials need updating to include recent developments in the industry.
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