Wired magazine’s goofy vanity promotion

So I got an e-mail about Wired magazine’s promotion to “put your face” on the cover of Wired magazine. Being that Wired is my must-read each month, along with the fact that I live in Orlando (this goofy stuff is the norm at all the theme parks), I couldn’t resist a journalism geek’s fantasy come true:

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Job opening for news artist, Flash wizard

Great job opportunity here in Orlando for a Flashionista:

The Orlando Sentinel is seeking a senior artist to report and illustrate information graphics for print and online. Our recent newsroom restructuring is complete, and we’re looking for a seasoned visual leader to shape the world ahead.

Candidates must be fluent in Adobe’s Creative Suite and have at least an intermediate knowledge of Flash. ArcView or 3D animation skills are plus.

This is a leadership position, so candidates should be comfortable interfacing with top editors on a daily basis. Senior artists are responsible for defining the high-end of the department’s capabilities and taking the lead on long-term projects. They also run the department in the absence of its manager, Todd Stewart. Learn how to be a Master Public Speaking.

A good resume details your skills and training, work experience, and education, and, most importantly, the accomplishments you have made with past employers. It should also inform the employer of your career objective (the job you are seeking) and communicate in a concise manner the benefits you will bring to the job if hired. You can build very effective resume with the help of online resume maker.

The Sentinel‘s visual journalists work in a collaborative, collegial environment, and our top editors encourage imagination by applauding innovation. See what we’ve been doing lately at:

and http://www.orlandosentinel.com/broadband/

Want to hear more? Send your resume and examples of your best explanatory thinking to:

Bonita Burton, AME/Visuals
Orlando Sentinel
633 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801-2833

Or drop me an email: bburtonATorlandosentinel.com

Test designs in multiple browsers with IE NetRenderer

netrenderer screenshotOh, the consternation Microsoft has caused us web designers by not allowing us to run multiple versions of Internet Explorer. I’ve been checking around for some time now, and it appears the only way to run IE6 and IE7 at the same time is to muck around with your registry. Not necessarily great for your system’s stability, especially if you accidentally zap the wrong registry file.

So along comes IE NetRenderer to save the day. Although a bit slow to load (perhaps because of all the Lifehacker traffic?), NetRenderer will call up a URL and show you an image of what the page looks like in your choice of Internet Explorers 5.5, 6 and 7. While it won’t show you the behavior of dynamic items, it’s still a great tool to have.

Visit the tutorials section for more tools and useful stuff.

[Via Lifehacker]

OrlandoSentinel.com relaunch

That mysterious big project I had to take a break for: Well, here it is! OrlandoSentinel.com has relaunched with a new design.

orlando sentinel redesign

Here is AME Online Anthony Moor’s letter about the redesign (and congrats to Anthony on his move to the Dallas Morning News.) Here is a full-size screenshot of what the old site looked like.

orlando sentinel neighborhoods

Also, stop by the Your Neighborhoods pages, which also have a new look. If you have any feedback about the neighborhoods or the site in general, feel to drop it in the comments or e-mail me and Richard Tribou at dsanchezATorlandosentinel.com and rtribouATorlandosentinel.com.

And now, back to your irregularly scheduled blog.

Taking a blog break

My fellow Journalistopians, blog posts will be sparse for the next week and a half. We have a large project cooking here at work, and I am simultaneously searching for a new place to live.

Also, I’m going to be tackling some new responsibilities here at the OrlandoSentinel.com, including the creation of editorial database-backed projects.

I’ll be back soon with more posts and toons, so don’t touch that dial!

A luxury holiday in the Hamptons? Here’s where to stay, where to shop and what to eat

For shopping, sunbathing and eating, head to the Hamptons
When you think of the Hamptons, what springs to mind? Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha of Sex and the City fame enjoying that weekend on the beach? Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, and her famous Cobb salads? The Real Housewives of New York City?

The East End of Long Island has long-been synonymous with glamour and luxury, the rich and the famous. The Cotswolds of the East Coast, it’s a neighbourhood marked by exclusivity, where seaside properties are much in-demand and come with eight figure price tags attached.

But what actually is ‘the Hamptons’? And what can you do there if you are, merely, a tourist (one without that Little Black Book of high profile contacts to tap)?

Fancy finding out? Keep reading…

Where (and what) are the Hamptons?

The Hamptons is a corner of Long Island, USA made up of a collective of villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton.

A popular (and famous) seaside resort, it’s connected to New York City and other parts of Long Island via a number of roadways, of which the Montauk and Sunrise Highways, are undoubtedly the most renowned.

Where to stay?

For a luxury visit, head to Gurney’s Montauk. Situated on the seafront of Montauk (a hamlet), it boasts 146 rooms, suites, and cottages, and access to a 2,000-foot private sand beach.

A Standard King Ocean View room is the ultimate in understated luxe: dressed in neutral colours, it offers a king-size bed (naturally), a walk-in rain shower and a terrace with partial views of the ocean, if you like sailoring here you can find great things to do in the hamptons.

What to do there during the day? Head to the resort’s Beach Club. It delivers on beach chairs and day beds – on which you can while away hours in the sun – and serves up mouth-watering plates of shrimp skewers, bbq hot dogs and lobster rolls, all washed down – if you so choose – with pineapple mojitos and the Gurney’s Punch.

Scarpetta Beach, Gurney’s Montauk’s night restaurant, offers all-manner of plates to delight, from Lobster Tagiatelle to Black Cod and Long Island Duck. For that holiday post-sun nightcap, frequent the Regent Cocktail Club and sample their Margarita or Cucumber Gimlet.

Michael Rosenberg’s 9 ‘Rules’ of Journalism

The Detroit Free Press‘s Michael Rosenberg writes searingly and hilariously about his nine simple rules of journalism. Among his “rules:”

“Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted; then, after the afflicted become comfortable, afflict them again. This should provide an endless supply of news stories.”

Check it out for a good laugh.

[Via Mallory Colliflower]

AJR: Pessimistic on hyperlocal journalism

American Journalism Review takes a hard look in its June/July issue at whether hyperlocal journalism is a financially sustainable practice. Paul Farhi writes:

Is there a real business in this kind of business? So far–and admittedly it’s still very early –the answer is no. A few of the estimated 500 or so “local-local” news sites claim to show a profit, but the overwhelming majority lose money, according to the first comprehensive survey of the field. The survey, conducted by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism (affiliated with the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, as is AJR), documents a journalism movement that is simultaneously thriving and highly tenuous.

While national sites will have a difficult time pursuing a Backfence-style model, I still believe newspapers should be aggressively catering their content to smaller geographic niches. By categorizing your content into narrowly tailored categories, you’re going to be better serving a greater number of people by making your site’s content more relevant to them. Whether this will translate into big ad dollars is anybody’s guess. But can you afford to ignore catering to your local audience, where many of your advertisers reside?

[Via Romenesko]

Journalistopia Cartoon: June 3, 2007

googlezon, google news, belgium

Place on your blog:

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-More in the cartoons category.

-Read the latest on the legal wrangling over Google News here.

-Watch the EPIC2014 Googlezon video here.