Category Archives: Journalism

TechTalk in Menorca with the Internet Gurus

MenorcaMartin Varsavsky is hosting his second Menorca TechTalk this weekend. Among the who’s who on the roster is Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio CEO.

Alan, who wrote a post earlier this year about Martin, will be attending the four day event with some of the web’s greatest minds. From Martin’s blog post:

Last year we celebrated our first Menorca TechTalk, a gathering of Tech Entrepreneurs at my farm in Menorca. It was fun, relaxing, a great learning experience for all of those who participated and for those who attended the TechTalk itself…The gathering starts on Thursday morning and ends Sunday evening.

Some of those attending include Om Malik (Giga Omni Media), Andrew Mclaughlin (Google), Loic Le Meur (Seesmic), Jennifer Schenker (BusinessWeek), John Markoff (The New York Times), Joi Ito (Creative Commons, Six Apart Japan, Investor) and many more.

You can read the entire list of tech gurus on Martin’s original post.

BlogTalkRadio Feeding The Long Tail

Looking back at April 2008 shows us we’re still growing strong. In addition to all the conversations we’ve facilitated, we continue to add content to The Long Tail and provide a breadth and depth of content you’d be hard pressed to find housed on any other site. With over 70 categories and thousands of hosts, BlogTalkRadio is feeding the beast in record numbers. Take a look at these stats, for April:

  • 11,000 shows broadcast and archived
  • A total of 2.99 million listeners in April
  • 2,700 different hosts completed at least one show
  • 67,000 unique shows listened to in April
  • 87,000 unique shows in long tail

I find it interesting that 77% of the shows produced since we launched BlogTalkRadio were listened to at least one time in April.

Chris Anderson‘s Long Tail theory, for example, predicts that demand for products not available in traditional bricks and mortar stores is potentially as big as for those that are. Take a look at the graph from Anderson’s site below.

LongTail

The red part are the big hits, the top sellers. The orange part of the graph is the Long Tail, the niches, which the theory says is where the new growth is coming from now and will continue in the future. BlogTalkRadio and its hosts continue to add powerful, fresh content to those niche audiences. BlogTalkRadio is out to prove the Long Tail theory, that demand for content not available in your traditional media channels will be as big or bigger than what you can find on them. Our continued progress in this arena should be of interest to potential business partners and advertisers who want to capitalize on this growing demand for niche content – as well as our audiences who want that relevant information.

We’d love to hear from you; join the conversation.

Alan Levy, CEO

BlogTalkRadio on WNBC TV

WNBC’s technology reporter Sree Sreenivasan reviewed BlogTalkRadio during his Tech Report this morning on WNBC.

His entire review was posted on the WNBC.com site and the video can be seen below:

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Immediately following his WNBC broadcast, Sreenivasan hosted a special interactive talk show entitled “Tech Chat with WNBC Viewers” on his own BlogTalkRadio show, Sree Tips, to discuss the BlogTalkRadio platform, as well as new and emerging technology trends. They had such a good response, they’ll be doing it again next Thursday, May 1 from 7-8am ET, as well. Join them live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sreetips/

This is the first use of BlogTalkRadio as an extension of a television news broadcast. BlogTalkRadio has been used as a discussion tool for major U.S. Newspaper articles with live interactive call-in shows between author, source and the larger community, but this is the first major television venture.

Sreenivasan, is the tech reporter for WNBC-TV, Dean of Student Affairs & professor at Columbia Journalism School and author of SreeTips.com and the New to Sree blog. Sree uses BlogTalkRadio with SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association; his SreeTips.com tech tips site; and, more recently, to extend the reach of the Columbia Journalism School.

Columbia University Taps into BlogTalkRadio with Virtual Open Houses

At BlogTalkRadio, we have long since believed that uses of our technology would benefit the university crowd. And today we can see this in action as Columbia University’s School of Journalism hosts virtual open houses for prospective and current students.

ColumbiaModerated by BlogTalkRadio host and dean of students, Sree Sreenivasan, the open houses provide a platform where current and prospective Columbia journalism students can learn about the NYC “J School” and ask questions about the program. From orientation to deadlines, students worldwide can jump geography and get answers they need in real time.

Today’s 10am ET episode features two back-to-back 30-minute chats with Dean Nicholas Lemann and Dean Evan Cornog, director of the Columbia Journalism School M.A. Program, who will answer questions and talk about the program.

Sree Sreenivasan is Dean of Students and runs the school’s new media department. He specializes in helping journalists use technology better and faster. His technology reports appear once a week on WNBC-TV (he was WABC-TV’s Tech Guru for six years) and he writes a weekly Web Tips column for Poynter.org.

Get Snarky with Bob Franken & FrankenSense

Former CNN Correspondent Bob Franken wants to talk a little political FrankenSense with you.

Bob Franken<br /> CNN National Correspondent<br /> Talent<br /> Washington DC<br /> Studio<br /> 06/15/2000<br /> Kyle Christy<br /> Approved<br /> ib-sgould-2/12/03Political Columnist Bob Franken wants to dissect, contemplate and yes, ridicule the strange dance of the candidates and their campaigns with you today at 3pm ET. Call ins are essential. Have a snarky but civilized discussion with Emmy-winning Bob Franken.

An Emmy-award winning reporter, recently inducted into the Society for Professional Journalists Washington Hall of Fame, he covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the George W. Bush administration, the Clinton scandals, the Supreme Court, Congress for ten years. He forced world attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with his extensive reporting from there. He’s a Huffington Post contributor.

So, pull up a chair, grab your phone and get a little bit of FrankenSense.

Get Snarky with Bob Franken & FrankenSense

Former CNN Correspondent Bob Franken wants to talk a little political FrankenSense with you.

Bob Franken<br /> CNN National Correspondent<br /> Talent<br /> Washington DC<br /> Studio<br /> 06/15/2000<br /> Kyle Christy<br /> Approved<br /> ib-sgould-2/12/03Political Columnist Bob Franken wants to dissect, contemplate and yes, ridicule the strange dance of the candidates and their campaigns with you today at 3pm ET. Call ins are essential. Have a snarky but civilized discussion with Emmy-winning Bob Franken.

An Emmy-award winning reporter, recently inducted into the Society for Professional Journalists Washington Hall of Fame, he covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the George W. Bush administration, the Clinton scandals, the Supreme Court, Congress for ten years. He forced world attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with his extensive reporting from there. He’s a Huffington Post contributor.

So, pull up a chair, grab your phone and get a little bit of FrankenSense.

Washington Post Gives a Nod to the Citizen Broadcast Network

Today, Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz has written a piece about BlogTalkRadio that makes us proud.

In his column Media Notes, Kurtz explains how “With BlogTalkRadio, the Commentary Universe Expands.”

The article talks about the story behind our Citizen Broadcast Network, how some “unlikely stars have been born,” and BlogTalkRadio’s emergence as a tool for more empowering and interactive experiences online.

CEO Alan Levy says:

Its great that BlogTalkRadio is recognized by the number one media critic in the country, Howard Kurtz, as “a populist force in cyberspace.” This validates BlogTalkRadio as a powerful online medium that is a true Citizen Broadcast Network. As I said in the article, my Dad would be proud.

Alan Levy, 2007. Photo credit Lisa Padilla.We have grown so much since August of 2006. Starting from the ground up, an empty network with no hosts, to our current impressive lineup of content, Kurtz observes that in addition to bloggers, “some better-known people are also gravitating toward the outlet.”

We want to take this opportunity to thank the many hosts and listeners who have brought their enthusiasm, energy, and discussions to our community.

Read the Washington Post article here.

BlogTalkRadio Brings Tech’s Best to Talk Transparency and Business

Check out this amazing list of tech and business shows coming up on Media 2.Open with John C. Havens and Shel Holtz starting today at noon Eastern Time.

3/20/2008, 12:00pm ET 3:30pm ET an Interview with Lynne d Johnson, the Senior Editor for FastCompany.com and blogger at www.lynnedjohnson.com. She’ll be talking about the nature of Transparency and how Circle of Friends and FC TV has helped increase communication / openness between FC and its community.

3/21/2008, 9:00am ET, an Interview with Jeff Pulver, the Chairman and Founder of pulver.com, and one of the true pioneers of the VoIP industry and a leader in the emerging TV on the Net industry. He is a globally renowned thought leader, author and entrepreneur talking transparency and social media breakfasts.

3/21/2008, 1:00pm ET an Interview with Dominic Jones, one of the principals of IR Web Report, created in 2001 to publish research and information about online investor relations practices around the world and to advise public companies on best practices. Dominic is also the founder of Clarity! Communications of Canada Inc., to which he brings more than 15 years of experience in journalism, investor education and online investor relations communications.

3/24/2008, 3pm ET, an Interview with Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales founder of Wikipedia and Wikia Inc., a consumer destination site joins John C. Havens for a discussion of transparency and the newly launched Wikia Search, a human-powered, open source search engine.

3/28/2008, 2:45pm ET, an Interview with Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems, CEO and president of Sun Microsystems, blogger, and a member of Sun’s board of directors, is an inveterate communicator. Schwartz has led Sun’s drive to engage the marketplace, and redefined corporate transparency.