Transforming dining hall food into gourmet meals

Priya Krishna graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with degrees in French and International Relations and Affairs. While she says being able to translate things from French to English is helpful, and IR fascinates her, it’s what else she did at Dartmouth that’s getting her attention these days.

Krishna wrote the book “Dining Hall Hacks” and is currently on a book tour taking her to dining halls across the country showing students they can create their own meals using the ingredients available in dining halls.

She was at Northeastern University’s Xhibition Kitchen on Wednesday, October 8 to share her tricks and tips. “This dining hall is amazing,” she said of Stetson West, home of the XK and one of several dining halls on campus. “I’ve been to more than 50 dining halls across the country, and this is the best.” She took ingredients offered in the dining hall and made some unique salads.

WBZ lets veteran reporters go

I was shocked and disappointed to read that WBZ-TV in Boston has not renewed the contracts of Joe Shortsleeve, Sera Congi, and Michael Rosenfield. Shortsleeve has been with the station for 24 years, earning him the title chief correspondent. Congi has been there just shy of 10 years. Rosenfield has not been there as long as the other two, but he was the New Hampshire bureau reporter.

I worked at WBZ for some time as a web producer and have maintained friendships and contact with several people I met while there. (I was always excited to tell people I worked with Jack Williams – as I had grown up watching him and even framed his autograph which I got when I met him as a senior in high school.) Getting to work at a place I watched for so long was really awesome.

I have seen this a lot in my time in the industry. A new news director is hired, there are a lot of moves, many people either leave on their own or find themselves looking for one, and the decks are reshuffled. It’s no fun, and morale for those who remain suffers.

I know these three will do okay and find themselves in a good position, but it’s still tough to see this happen to former co-workers.

Brian Williams uses Facebook to connect with audience

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News (photo by Peabody Awards)

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News (photo by Peabody Awards)

Before the ink was even dry on Charlie Warzel’s BuzzFeed piece about how executives at The New York Times don’t tweet, NBC Nightly News’s anchor and managing editor Brian Williams took to another platform – Facebook – to interact with the public.

I have it on good authority that Williams’ Facebook Q&A was, in no means, a response to the BuzzFeed piece. (Warzel’s piece was published on September 26; Williams’ session was October 1.) Additionally, Williams has said he would do this once the NBC Nightly News Facebook page hit 1 million likes. (As of Friday, October 3 at 10:56 a.m. the page has 1,105,982 likes.)

No matter why he did it, it was fantastic. It shows he’s human and wants to interact in a way he’s comfortable. There were no stipulations, and the questions Williams answered covered a wide variety of topics. He addressed why he doesn’t tweet. (See here.) He was honest about his flaws. (See here.) He talked about cars. (See here.) He answered why he doesn’t drink. (See here.) Heck, he even talked rap. (See here.)

You can read all of it here – or a shorter version here.

I said in my conversation about NYT editors using Twitter that it’s more than that one particular platform. It’s about using social media in a way that you can connect with your audience. Did Williams talk about serious news like ISIS? Yes. (See here.) But I felt more like I was at a cocktail party than a speaker’s session at a conference. Also, with it being on Facebook it was easy to follow, there was no need for a hashtag, and there was no difficulty figuring out which question he was answering. And because of the extremely high number of daily Facebook users (as of July 2014, 152 million daily in the United States alone), it will surely get a lot of reads.

Do you think this sort of platform works? Would you do anything differently?

Mark Garfinkel – Herald photographer and lover of sunrises

Mark Garfinkel Herald photographer

photo by author

Mark Garfinkel, a staff photographer at the Boston Herald, clearly loves his job. You can hear it in his voice when he talks about his work. He can tell you what kind of lens he used on a specific photo, where he went to get the perfect shot, and how it felt to be where he was when he was getting the picture.

In an age when newspapers are laying off staff photographers, Garfinkel said what a paper gets with him is another journalist on any scene. “What I bring to the table, you can’t buy,” he said. “I still feel what I’m doing. I get the pulse of the community because of what I’m doing. I don’t discount the iPhone, but you will only get one day out of what that produces. With me, you get another journalist on the scene.”

Garfinkel was a guest in Dan Kennedy’s Fundamentals of Digital Journalism class on Tuesday, October 1. Kennedy had previously asked his class to follow Garfinkel’s blog Picture Boston.

Garfinkel told the group he got his first iPhone only three months ago, and he loves it. He added that someone who wants to use a smartphone for its camera capabilities should spend time reading the manual and seeking out tips on how to make their photos better.

For the most part, though, Garfinkel sticks to using Canon and Leica cameras. He works a 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. shift and said it’s often, “get there fast or don’t get there at all.” But while he nearly always has a police scanner on, and has plenty of photos from fire and police scenes, some of his favorite pictures to take are of sunrises, the moon, and planes.

He has embraced using social media, posting to Twitter and, more recently, establishing an Instagram account. With his blog he says he wanted to “hit the common person. I put up the sucky photos, too.”

Many aspects of his job have changed over the years since he started, including now having to gather video while on stories. But from the sounds of it he has no intentions of giving it up any time soon.

Where to go on the web for media news

Editor’s note: As part of my master’s class I was asked to review three sites that I use as resources for my beat – media. Broad topic, yes.

I should preface all of this by saying I rarely go to a website’s homepage. Instead, I have a tendency to click on articles in my Twitter feed, from Facebook friends, or from a daily email log. I am the type of user who depends on sidebar suggestions to click on the next article.

That said, I find myself on these sites frequently and often read more than one article in a single visit.

Lost Remote homepage

Lost Remote focuses on social TV. That can mean anything from how a show is using social media to engage viewers, what a network is doing to change the way we watch television, and where primetime shows stand in social presence. Additionally, there are job listings, opportunities to like or follow them on social, and comment yourself. There’s a lot of cross promotion with other Mediabistro sites, their owner.

Poynter homepagePoynter is a good resource for historic news, tips, and discussions regarding ethical questions or dilemmas. As like Lost Remote, Poynter offers users ways to connect via social, users can comment on articles, and there is a running Twitter feed on the homepage. I was asked whether Poynter screens comments. Al Tompkins, a faculty member at Poynter, responded via Twitter saying, “No, but reads behind and requires registration.”

Huffington Post Media homepageHuffington Post seems to have its fingers in every pot, and media is no different. Huffington Post Media is a go-to for any and all media news. It has stories about networks, newspapers, anchors, writers, personalities, primetime shows, and social media. Its homepage is a pure demonstration in “the homepage is dead,” in that it is a continual flow of stories with no sense of organization. It looks like a RebelMouse page.

If I wanted my site to look like any of these, I’d say a combination of Lost Remote and Poynter. I’ve never been one to shy away from conversations regarding ethical dilemmas or questions. Those are where you find out a lot about a person. I also am – as I always have been – drawn to network and television news.

Should NYT execs be on Twitter?

Fellow classmate Tory Starr took to Twitter this morning saying Charlie Warzel’s BuzzFeed piece was getting a lot of attention. If you missed it, Warzel assessed the Twitter accounts of several executives at The New York Times. It wasn’t pretty. He called his results a Twitter Graveyard.

Starr asked whether it matters that these top-level editors do not tweet. I responded. Storify isn’t currently supported by WordPress, so here’s a link.

10 Tweeps to follow

Editor’s note: As part of my master’s class, I have been asked to write about ten Twitter accounts I find helpful to my beat. My beat, in this case, is media.

In no particular order:

Brian Stelter @brianstelter – Brian Stelter is CNN’s senior media correspondent and hosts CNN’s show, “Reliabale Sources.” He used to work at The New York Times. Brian also wrote the book, “Top of the Morning.”

David Carr @carr2n – David Carr writes the Media Equation for The New York Times.

David Folkenflik @davidfolkenflik – David Folkenflik is the media correspondent for NPR. Until recently he was following me. I hope it wasn’t something I said.

David Cohn @Digidave – David Cohn is Chief Content Officer and Founding Editor at Circa, and is previously of Spot.Us.

Jay Rosen @jayrosen_nyu – Jay Rosen is a journalism professor at New York University. He is often critical of the media, both print and broadcast.

Jeff Jarvis @jeffjarvis – Jeff Jarvis is a professor at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, directing its new media program. He seems to always be on Twitter and is not one to hold his tongue.

(Jim) Romenesko @romenesko – Jim Romenesko has a media blog in which he provides both news and commentary.

Lost Remote @lostremote – Lost Remote is a blog all about social TV. (Another good one to follow is @corybe, now of @breakingnews, but who co-founded Lost Remote.

Nieman Journalism Lab @niemanlab – The Nieman Lab evaluates media and where the industry and its culture are headed.

Poynter. @Poynter – In St. Petersburg, Florida, Poynter is a journalism school and clearing house for debates on journalistic ethics.

I have a Twitter list of these accounts plus some others. You can find that here.