RTNDA: the vlog talk

I’ve edited three discussions from a panel at the Radio Television News Directors Association: Zadi Diaz of JetSet explains small TV to big TV. Michael Rosenblum explains big TV to big TV. And the entire panel — also including Elizabeth Osder, Amanda Congdon, and Terry Heaton — say what they would do with a TV station today. Seven minutes of the good bits from an hour-and-a-half panel.

: At today’s panel on the election, in which I took part, a TV station manager got up at the end and gave the old anti-blog screed: He wondered whether he’d come to the National Association of Bloggers. He said that the public likes TV because they like “quality people.” I kept demanding that he define “quality people.” Arrrgggh. But apart from that, a fun panel with Chris Matthews, Joe Trippi, Steve Capus of NBC News, Hugh Hewitt, Angie Kucharski of WBZ, and Michael Turk. Hugh kept telling the TV folks that they should be doing bigger reporting projects with us, the people; I think some listened but that one guy certainly didn’t. Favorite line: Trippi explained that people have less faith not just in media but in other institutions and that the internet enables the authority of the peer.

  • Mary

    Even the visual distinction between “the suits” and the “new tv makers” is so funny to me.
    Totally different worlds.

  • Lots of these threatened old journo types coming out of the woodwork in the press at the moment to mouth off about ‘amateurs’ having opinions. Lots of hypocrisy around.
    But at NAB, in the RTNDA discussion, I’m actually surprised that there was only one dissenter. Shows how much things are changing. I don’t think even a year ago this kind of discussion would have been given the seriousness it has. I know quite a few MSM journos and producers in the UK, and they’re suddenly looking very confused and concerned and asking me for advice and information, when even six months ago they’d nod politely and make patronising remarks about fads, amateurs and audience sizes whenever we discussed blogging, vlogging and internet distribution.
    Very cool. Sounds like you did a good job.

  • Maybe next year we should do BLOGWORLD?

  • Excellent post, great set of captures from the discussion.

    Sounds like the dinosaurs are waking up…

  • If anybody wants to see the whole discussion, you can see it here.

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  • If you agree with Michael Rosenblum that newspapers had a decade headstart, the troubling thing for newspapers and the postiive thing for broadcasters is catch up can be played in a matter of weeks.