These are a few of my favorite newsletters

Email newsletters — the new blogs? Maybe. Maybe not. But they sure do comprise a vast frontier of content delivery experimentation that looks and feels a lot like the golden era of blogging.

I’m still trying to figure out how to develop Nerdvana’s newsletter into more than an RSS-driven recap of content from my own beloved website — but in the meantime, there’s plenty of illustrious inspiration invading my inbox (invited, of course).

Tedium

Ernie Smith bills his creation as “The Dull Side of the Internet” — however, Tedium is anything but boring.

Known for delivering a “twice-weekly deep dive towards the absolute end of the long tail,” this publication most recently explored the strange and wonderful world of homebrew games for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Like most Tedium pieces (this one contributed by friend David Buck), it’s a must-read.

Subscribe to Tedium here.

TipOff Sports

What? Jayson likes sports?

Bite your tongue, dumb jock! No, he doesn’t — but his job frequently requires a rudimentary understanding of what’s going on in the sportsball arena, and he likes getting a paycheck. And that’s just what TipOff Sports delivers. (Understanding, not his paycheck.)

Why am I blogging in the third person?

Anyway, TipOff describes itself as “a newsletter for people who want a quick and easy way to know what’s going on in the world of sports.” Like Tedium, it’s delivered twice a week.

I haven’t been fired yet — and I’m the guy who once torpedoed the implementation of a universal copy desk by writing headlines about “wrestling games.” So TipOff definitely lives up to its mission. Score! … or something?

Subscribe to TipOff here.

Pew Research Center’s Daily Briefing of Media News

As someone toiling in the innards of the news media industry, the Pew Research Center’s Daily Briefing of Media News keeps me informed about the famously non-communicative communication field.

Although it’s basically little more than a curated link roundup, I find myself clicking through to almost everything it offers; and when I already know about something, there’s usually a more in-depth explanation or analysis here that adds to the story anyway.

What more can you ask for?

Subscribe to Pew’s Daily Briefing here.

CNN’s Reliable Sources

OK, yeah, there’s this — Brian Stelter’s Reliable Sources newsletter for CNN — a companion to the Sunday morning talk show — is a great daily roundup. It takes more of an insider tone and does a great job of reading between the headlines, connecting the dots and looking forward as it also reports the news.

As inspiration, Reliable Sources’ exhaustiveness (with the full resources of CNN) and healthy mix of aggregation with original inline content is also intimidating, but that’s a worthy example to which we can aspire.

Subscribe to Reliable Sources here.

Nerdvana Media Newsletter

While we’re on the subject, why not subscribe to my Nerdvana newsletter anyway? As I said, it’s a work in progress — but you won’t regret it. And I’d love to hear your suggestions for making it better.

Infographic: Pueblo County marijuana cultivation licenses

My first attempt at a news infographic in some time:

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The raw data (below) was intriguing, but needed a visual boost. What I came up with, I hope, helped a little.

MJ by the numbers
SF= Square Feet
MOPC = Medical Optional Premises Cultivation
RC = Retail Cultivation Facility

APPROVED LICENSES
(INDOOR)
RC=88 SF=658,029.00
MOPC= 22 SF=143,825.00
TOTAL= 110 =801,854.00

(OUTDOOR)

RC=27 SF=3,000,450.00
MOPC= 6 SF=858,909.00
TOTAL= 33 =3,859,359.00

 

PENDING LICENSES (PLANNED GROW AREA)
(INDOOR)
RC=39 SF=221,794.25
MOPC=5 SF=68,158.00
TOTAL=44 =289,952.25

(OUTDOOR)
RC=10 SF=1,059,047.00
MOPC= 1 SF=240,000.00
TOTAL=11 =1,299,047.00

R.I.P. Karen Wittmer

Saddened at the passing of Karen Wittmer, publisher at the East Valley Tribune since before I started there (1998) through 2007.

Wii package gets Nintendo Power-inspired newspaper play

I recently adapted a couple of posts from my Nerdvana site, looking at the Wii Virtual Console in light of the Wii Shop Channel’s planned shutdown and how to make the most of it, for The Pueblo Chieftain’s “Tech Thursday” page.

Chieftain graphic designer Jennifer Tate did an amazing job capturing the classic look of old Nintendo Power magazines with her nostalgic layout! You can check out the print version below.

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017

VIDEO: Scenes from the Star Wars Celebration floor (4/24/2017) Droids, cosplay and LEGO creations were everywhere at Star Wars Celebration, April 13-16, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

Star Wars Rebels’ Vanessa Marshall and Dave Filoni on Hera’s journey, Rogue One and general issues

(5/6/2017) Vanessa Marshall describes discovering her Star Wars Rebels character Hera Syndulla was name-checked on the big screen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Rex returns in Star Wars Rebels Season 4: ‘Now he can be something greater’

(5/6/2017) “Rex is like, in a very real way, the common man, the common soldier.”

Star Wars Rebels: Thrawn triumphant going into Season 4

(5/6/2017) Grand Admiral Thrawn stands to be more dangerous than ever in Star Wars Rebels’ fourth and final season.

Click here for more coverage of Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017

Award-winning videos from 2016

A video I shot and co-produced with Pueblo Chieftain reporter Peter Roper won second place in the multimedia category of the annual Better Newspaper Contest at the 2017 Colorado Press Association convention. “Remembering Hiroshima’s Empty Streets” featured World War II U.S. Army veteran Bruce Elson recounting his experiences in the Japanese city of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion that helped end the war. The video was edited in Adobe Premiere CC.

I also edited “Columbus Day: Pride & protest in Pueblo,” which won second place in the breaking news video category and was shot by reporter Jon Pompia. The video was edited in iMovie for Mac.

I’m also proud to add that The Pueblo Chieftain was named Best Website-Daily in its category!