Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Did You Know Our Show Has Its Own Paparazzo?

Interviewing students about magnetism
One of the neat things about Classroom Close-up, NJ shoots is that we usually have a photographer along with us. Most of the time (but not always), that photographer is the show's executive producer, Wanda Swanson. Her photos get posted on the show's website, facebook page, and sometimes even end up on air as part of the finished package.

Here are some of the photos Wanda took when we went to Mountview Road Elementary School in Hanover Township to tape a story called, "Teaching From Space". It's about five educators who participated in NASA's zero gravity flight program and are bringing the experience into the classroom.

Teachers with the right stuff
Magnet races
More magnetism experiments
No, we didn't go on the flight. This is a picture of a picture.

The "Teaching From Space" story will premiere on the Dec 11 episode of Classroom Close-up, NJ on NJTV. If you want to see all the photos from this shoot (and many others), you can find them on the show's facebook page.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

New Jersey's "Week of Respect" [Video]

Ridgewood Avenue School's Character Education Committee
This week, New Jersey schools held the first ever "Week of Respect" as mandated by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. Schools around the state spent the week teaching about preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

I have to say, I'm impressed at the timing of some our episodes. With so many stories, I'm sure it can't be easy for our executive producer to make segments that we shoot months in advance coincide with current events, especially this season with the switch to a new network. Case in point, this week's episode of Classroom Close-up, NJ kicks off with the "Block the Bully" story we taped at Ridgewood Avenue School earlier this year. Good timing.

You can catch this episode on NJTV in HD this Sunday at 6:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 7:30 PM. And as always, you can watch online.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Best #ePatCon Video Ever, Am I Doing It All Wrong?

epatient Dave
Mark is the tall guy, third from left.
I've had the good fortune to do video work for e-Patient Connections each of the three years Krū Research has run the conference. This has ranged from creating promos, recording presentations, making a short documentary, and even live streaming part of this year's conference (which I'll write about in forthcoming, nerdy, technical post). Needless to say, they're a valuable client that spends money on video. (In case you're wondering, #ePatCon is the conference's Twitter hashtag)

With that said, I recently watched the best video ever made about the conference. I didn't make it and it didn't cost Krū Research a dime. Mark S. King made it for his blog, My Fabulous Disease.

With apologies to all my video production and photography pals who mock Flip and iPhone cameras, this is a perfect of example of how content always trumps technology. To be fair, I don't know what Mark shot this with (I didn't see anyone lugging around an ENG package at the conference) and he's obviously got editing chops to go with his writing skills. And while I know the term is becoming cliche, the authenticity is what makes his video great. He was part of the event, not just there to make a video. It also doesn't hurt that he's funny, I especially like how he pokes fun at the con's techno-serious promo. Compared to Mark's coverage of the event, the little documentary we produced back in 2009 is positively contrived.

Mark's video is great and it really has me rethinking my approach to covering conferences. How can the little pseudo-brand-journalism docs I've been producing ever live up to the honesty of pieces like this one? Maybe it would be better to just do straight up documentation and leave the synthesis up to the audience, bloggers, and journalists who have some emotional investment in the story. Maybe I just need to work harder to get to the heart of these stories.

I'd love to get some comments from the attendees of this event or any other conferences I've been at recently. Would you prefer we just stuck to showing the talks and slides and leave the analysis up to you?

You can read Mark's entire post about e-Patient Connections over at My Fabulous Disease. If you're interested in all things e-Patient and health 2.0, be sure to follow Kru Research's blog, The Patient Will See You Now. And while you're here, feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on Twitter.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Really, I'm Not Posting This Just to Suck Up to My Tribe

My blog tends to be a little self-centric, hence the unimaginative title, "Adam Bauser's Blog". So I figured why not do something a little different and share this video from Rich Renner, one of my colleagues on Classroom Close-up, NJ. Rich is a pretty great producer, he's won some Emmys and stuff.

I happened to see this segment he produced pop-up in the Google News feed I have set-up to look for references to the show. It's about math (one of my pseudo-specialities these days) and Survivor (a show I still love). Enjoy.

I was going to post this last Tuesday, but then I realized it was from this week's episode and wasn't scheduled to air on NJTV until today, and I didn't want to be Mr. Spoiler.

(Now Rich, as we discussed, posting this does assure me your vote at final tribal, right?)

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