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Taking the bull by the horns…

In our continuing series of guest speakers and bloggers, we were able to hear from local Boston-based video blogger, Steve Garfield, author of the book “Get Seen,” a how-to guide on how to create and share videos and other related media across the web.

Garfield, a blogger since 1997, began his video blogging career completely self-taught in 2004. Without any reliable sources on how to properly begin recording and posting video, Garfield dove head first in hopes of figuring it out all himself.

Now Garfield finds himself an on again, off again contributor to New York based rocketboom.com, along his own website stevegarfield.com, which would also be Garfield’s biggest piece of advice to our class, register your own domain name and keeping all your other blogs and social networking devices under your own name, simplicity is the key.

Garfield now finds himself covering everything from the unveiling of the newest in electric cars, to a series of videos covering voting in Massachusetts, which then found themselves on the BBC’s web site, bringing home the point that no vlogger is too small to make an impact.

Sometimes Garfield creates these reports on nothing more than his iPhone, streaming his videos through sources like Qik.com and saving them to YouTube.

After showing our class a video he recorded on the new Chevy Volt, the issues of privacy in a video blogging world came up after a woman interrupted his interview and Garfield decided to not stop recording.

“In a public place, there is no expectation for privacy, she knew it was an interview, she wanted to participate in the reporting, so I think it’s fine,” Garfield said.

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Starting from scratch

It’s the all too familiar story that has begun to be told over and over again, Jennifer Paluzzi was a reporter and editor for Framingham’s, MetroWest Daily News, excelling in some of the difficult stories other writers often threw their hands up on giving up. Then, in October of 2008, the proverbial rug was pulled under her and Paluzzi found herself without a job and in a journalist job market with almost no place to go, well, except into…..PR.

“Everyone expected me to go into PR,” said Paluzzi, ”but I had a Plan B.”

A resident of Grafton, Paluzzi always found herself disappointed in the lack of quality news coverage in the towns only newspaper. It would take an ordinary conversation at a school bus stop to light the fuse inside her and focus more time on her blog, GreaterGrafton.com, covering the towns meetings and raising concerns over the construction of a new high school in town.

Paluzzi now finds herself behind the centralmassnews community of local news blog, covering everywhere from Milbury to Shrewsbury. All of these sites follow the formula of her GreaterGrafton blog, focusing on small town issues that are of great interest to the citizens and parents of each respective area concerned about their neighborhoods and local schools.

Paluzzi noted the constant importance of video and photos for sites like these to thrive, as well as snow day tickers listing school closures and other closures around town. Each site also uses the power of social networking web sites like Facebook and Twitter to gain stronger followings, and send out daily emails to give readers constant coverage.

And in perhaps the biggest of twists out of this story, Paluzzi finds herself the rare editor in Journalism today, the one that’s hiring.

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