Last Saturday, for the second year in a row, I took part in a panel on the role of "New Media" for the Connecticut Film Festival.
From musicians and animators, to individuals involved in broadcast media and journalism, hosted by Fox61 News Reporter and UCONN Journalism Professor Rick Hancock, the roundtable discussion that focused on the expanding role of new technology with today's media.
All in all, as was the case last year, the conversation was insightful mainly because it's rare for someone in my field to discuss technology with people who are outside of my particular field.
Here's a list of the panelists (besides yours truly):
HOST: Rick Hancock
Rick Hancock is the Publisher of Rick’s RSS and CEO of Potpourri Media, LLC (PM) a full service multimedia production and consulting company. Hancock has been a consultant and multimedia content producer for many leading news companies including the Tribune Company, Viacom and the Journal Register Company.
Rick has been a trail blazing advocate for online journalism for more than 15 years and in 2003 was one of the first broadcasters to launch a blog. Rick is the host of the weekly Internet/Technology segment titled Rick’s RSS on Friday’s and the OuttaSite segment on Monday and Wednesday mornings for Fox 61-WTIC TV. He’s worked in “legacy” media as a news anchor and reporter in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Rick is currently an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Journalism at the University of Connecticut. From 2006 to 2008 he was a Dean in the School of Communications and a Professor of Online Journalism at Quinnipiac University. In addition, Rick was a 2003 Western Knight Fellow for Specialized Journalism participant.
Rick holds a BA in Political Science from Howard University and a MS in e-Media/Interactive Communications from Quinnipiac University.
An evangelist for interactive media, online communications and social media, Rick is a sought after speaker and presenter on hot topics surrounding the Internet and journalism. He has spoken on new media issues at international and national conferences including Yale University, University of Connecticut, the Online News Association and the National Association of Black Journalists. Rick has been quoted in several national news publications including the New York Times and Broadcasting and Cable.
Colin Holgate was involved in Apple Computer UK's launch into Multimedia in 1989, and through that he became friends with the founders of The Voyager Company. In 1992 he moved to the US to work for Voyager, and over the next six years programmed many of Voyager's well known CD-ROMs, including A Hard Day's Night, This Is Spinal Tap, and Marvin Minsky's "Society of Mind". Since the late '90s Colin has worked for Funny Garbage, a NYC web design company. His worked over the past 20 years has involved the use of many multimedia development tools, including HyperCard, Oracle Media Objects, Director, Flash, Runtime Revolution, Unity, and GameSalad.
Roger Wu is Founder and President of KlickableTV, a simple to use interactive video platform. He not only conceptualized the product but also built the product from scratch and is now chief evangelist. Prior to starting KlickableTV, Roger worked at an interactive PR firm creating social media campaigns, videos, and microsites. He also has experience as an intrapreneur at Bloomberg LP where he was a pilot member of the Bloomberg Legal team. His experience with video extends to the turn of the century when he worked at start up, MediaOnDemand.com. He also has worked at bulge bracket investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley and holds three degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, where he guest lectures. He is currently teaching at FIT in New York, competes regularly in stair climbing competitions, the NYC Marathon, and food eating contests, and is a member of SAG and AFTRA.
Justin Emerson is an electronic musician who specializes in rewiring and reprogramming old technology to create new sounds. Circuit bending, data bending, chiptunes, sound ROM hacking, MIDI retrofitting, and hand-built circuits are just some of the DIY techniques he employs. Justin is a member of experimental electronic music group Burnkit2600. The three-piece band uses these techniques to create a unique brand of experimental electronic music. They encourage online collaboration by documenting and sharing their methods.