Back on Facebook

For those of you who have wondered if I have unfriended you on Facebook, the answer is no.

I deleted my account in February for a few reasons:

  • After tallying the amount of time I spent on FB, I realized I’d be more productive if I got off.
  • Nefarious marketing companies, including Facebook, had access to tons of personal information on me.
  • I found myself getting upset about inane comments people would make on the site.
  • Socializing online gave me less time for real-life socializing.
  • I didn’t want the highs and lows that come with “FaceCrack.” (Read: this and this.)

Yes, I miss you!

Even with all the above-mentioned issues I have with the social networking site, Facebook is an easy way to stay connected with friends who live far away and hundreds of former colleagues, students, classmates and coworkers who live all over the country and abroad.

So I’m back — sort of.

This is my new FB page:

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Screengrab of the new FB page.


I’m going to use it only for professional purposes.

What does that mean? No more rants about the prison industrial complex and Wall Street crooks who continue to destroy the economy. No snarky posts about pseudo-journalists more concerned with their looks than with delivering news that serves the public interest.

Also, I won’t be posting much in the way of personal information. That’s something I’d rather do with friends in person.


One of the perks of being on a ProfNet #ConnectChat

One of the perks of being on a ProfNet #ConnectChat

My name and face on a Times Square e-billboard. Click on the photo to see a transcript of the webchat.

In my webchat, “Intro to DIY Mobile Journalism,” I explain how to use a smartphone to collect soundbites, nat sound, video clips, B-Roll, and offer tips on which apps and tools work best for mobile storytelling.

Evelyn Tipaci conducted the interview via Twitter and wrote this recap:

Our guest today is Cindy Rodriguez, a Journalist-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston. Hi, Cindy! Thanks for being our guest. Cindy, please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at Emerson.

So happy to be a part of this chat. At #EmersonCollege, all journalism students learn how to write and produce news stories across all platforms. I created a class called Covering Immigration this spring and we had a great semester. I’m teaching it again in the fall. This summer, I’m piloting a class called Creating a News Show for the Web. We’re going to have a blast.

That sounds exciting! Great classes, Cindy! What exactly is mobile journalism and does using small cameras in addition to smart phones still qualify under mobile?

Anything that you can take with you to produce journalism on the go is mobile. As long as you can upload it to your site (if you are one-person-banding it) or send it to your editor (if you work for a news outlet, it’s mobile).

Can any smart phone be used? Which do you recommend?

Yes. I use an iPhone because I’m a Mac user and find that it’s easier to stick with one platform.

Cindy, what about tablets? Can these also be used in place of smartphones?

iPads are great because you have more screen room to see what you are editing. You can take photos and video with it, too. You’ll need a tripod. There are many on the market. As for audio, you’ll need to wire it so you can get good sound. Put your iPad or iPhone on Airplane mode so you won’t get a call or notification sound in the midst of collecting audio. Also, turn off all apps running in the background so that you’re not wasting battery power. If you’re going to be out for several hours shooting video, you’ll want back up power. A recommendation:

Placing your phone on airplane mode is a great tip especially when you can’t redo the soundbite, especially with breaking news. How do you gather and generate attractive soundbites for a story using a smartphone?

On the cheap, use the built-in mic and remember it’s on the BOTTOM of the iPhone. Keep it about 8 inches from the person speaking. Make sure you don’t have distracting sounds in the distance. Having a mic will guarantee better sound. This one works well and it’s $40: It comes with the iRig Recorder app, which will allow you to edit on your phone or iPad.

You can find the entire recap by clicking here.

Corpse Man!

A film produced and directed by Bill Parker of Hindsight Media for the Boston 48-hour Film Festival. The cast and crew was comprised of a group of awesome folks who work in education and technology, including my BFF Frank Devito. I worked on the screenplay and had a bit role. The rest of the talented crew/cast included Bill’s daughter, Quentin, Lew Warren, Deidre Collins, and Richard Pilcher.

Better Off Dad from Cindy Rodriguez on Vimeo.

Emerson students living in the castle

(Yes, Emerson owns a castle in the Netherlands.)

“Life’s A Happy Song” – Kasteel Well Spring 2013 from Brandon Cardwell on Vimeo.

What do a group of students from Emerson decide to do amid finals? A musical act, of course. This is one reason why I LOVE Emerson. Emerson students are innately creative, upbeat, and full of life. I see several of my former students in this video: Renée Deschene, Courtney Tharp, Xandra Fileccia, Jackie Pauley, Mary Quigley and Beth Treffeisen. Great job, guys. One day I hope to teach at the castle!

American Indian Journalism Institute 2012

AIJI participants, Will Ferrell, and me. (Photo by Janine Harris)

Below are highlights of the work done by students who participated in the American Indian Journalism Institute in June. We worked long hours for 10 straight days, but it was fun. It was amazing to watch how quickly these energetic budding journalists took to creating video packages.

AIJI has been helping young people realize their dream of becoming journalists since 2001. The program offers a mix of theoretical and practical workshops, as well as real-world experience in newsrooms. It is underwritten by the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

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