Teachers Jason McDonald and Michael Miler’s Intermedia class of 10th, 11th, and 12th graders at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn wrote, shot and edited two stories on the media – one on Obama’s skillful use of the media with American Media CEO David Pecker and Star Jones, and another on media bias and public awareness with former CBS News President Andrew Hayward. This is a clip from PCN (Packer Collegiate News ), episode 1.1.

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We’re working on movie pitches in class. Here is my selection of good, bad and instructive pitches. The Ask A Ninja my favorite. We’re using Paul Chitlik’s book, so although his video isn’t about pitching per se, I decided to post it here.

Paul Chitlik

Ask A Ninja Pitch:

What not to do:

This looks just like the CUNY 9th Floor Conference room on 41st street down to to same spaceship looking speaker phone.

Michael Weise (Hardware Wars)

This guy looks coked up. A little boring, but informative:

And remember, pitching is selling. Here’s Alec Baldwin with a little advice on selling:

OK, maybe you shouldn’t listen to Alec.

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You can watch it on TV or join us for a viewing party. From the ZH email newsletter (links added by me):

MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) will be premiering Episode 5 of “Zombie Hunters: City Of The Dead” on Monday, April 13th, at 11pm. This episode shows what the Hunters do after one of their own gets shot in a weapons deal gone bad, and features great music by Bernadette McCallion and NYC’s own Kissy Kamikaze!


If you’re happy to be safe, snug, and at home in Manhattan to watch it, that’s great. By all means, enjoy!


They’ll ALSO be showing it at The Perfect Pint, 203 East 45th Street bet 2nd and 3rd Avenues, on the 3rd floor of the bar, on the same night …same time.


If you’d like to meet members of the cast and crew, they’ll be there from 9:30 onward, so try to make it down and hang with us for the Manhattan premiere! And who knows? There might even be some Season One DVD’s floating around! For more information, drop us a line!

All the best,
The Hunting Party

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Congratulations to Annette Calderon of The City University of New York and the team at www.cuny.edu for winning an Emmy award for the “Preserving the Past, Building for the Future” series of web documentaries. Congratulations to myself for sitting about 72 inches away from an Emmy Award winning editor one day a week.

Congratulations should also go to Neill Rosenfeld and Michael Arena, who produced the series. CUNY has quite a bit of videos on Youtube. Here is one of the winning episodes:

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Not only is Jero (Jermome White Jr.) Japan’s first black enka star, he is the first black enka performer in known history. Jero made news last Saturday by singing on US soil at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Jero’s maternal grandmother is Japanese and he learned the style by singing to his grandma. Jero didn’t even understand what he was saying at the time. Enka music fell out of favor with Japan’s younger generation, but Jero’s appeal has virtually resurrected the out of date musical form.

Jero’s success underscores a cross-cultural obsession between the US and Japan (if you are really interested, here is a link to the proceedings of a conference in Pusan, Korea. A paper I wrote was presented there and contains more information). Japanese culture seems both foreign and familiar to many Americans and the reverse is probably also true. Much of the academic literature on the topic is about anime, but Jero’s hip-hop style of Japanese traditional song is an experiment of global culture in vivo.

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There’s been some noise of late about paying for Facebook or other social networking services. The reasoning is that advertising revenue on social networking sites continue to disappoint and the industry will have to switch to some kind of pay model. C.G. Lynch argues that the current business model relies on social advertising, and as users become more savvy they will opt out of having big brother watching your networks. For old-timers like me, social advertising means that the social network figures out what your friends are buying and then they try to sell it to you. Lynch goes on explaining that he would gladly pay for Facebook and whatever they charge will surely be less than his economist subscription. Never mind the fact that The Economist is making its content available for free over multiple platforms.

But the Internet just doesn’t work that way. The more you limit your content, the less relevant you are. The web evangelist Jeff Jarvis (Buzzmachine/CUNY J-School) is a long time advocate of free content. He took on the pay advocates in a recent article in the LA Times. More interesting than his article is the debate that surrounds it.

Where Jarvis often fails is that he often lauds the inevitable as the good. But whether or not free content is good is irrelevant. The inevitable price for web content is free. You got that Facebook?

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