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.

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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!

Pueblo’s Pokemon potential

As the Pokemon Go phenomenon catches fire across the globe, Pueblo is not immune to its charms. Businesses all over are trying to capitalize on the fact that they’s suddenly become PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms. A few spots around town are emerging as Pokemon points of interest.

BINGO!

Pueblo’s Bingo Burger is near a PokeStop (a place where Pokemon Go players can replenish their supplies of items like Potions and the all-important PokeBalls used to catch virtual critters). But Bingo Burger isn’t just hoping that passing players will become patrons after using the PokeStop — they’re actually offering a 10% discount off your meal if you show them your Pokemon (something I wish I’d known before I bought yesterday’s lunch).

THE WILD …

The Pueblo Zoo is getting in on the act, too, posting a few screenshots of the augmented-reality game’s virtual Pokemon creatures mingling with the mooses, African painted dogs, owls and North American river otters on their Facebook page — and adding that non-member visitors can show the cashier that they have the Pokemon Go app on their phones to get $1 off the price of admission.

But, wait — there’s more! The paperboy statue right in front of The Pueblo Chieftain office at 825 W. Sixth St. is a PokeStop, too — so you can conveniently resupply whenever you have business here.

Next stop: wherever you say …

What can we in the print sphere learn from public radio’s ‘internet’ moment?

Recently it was fascinating — and, I’ll admit, a bit entertaining — to watch public radio news insiders publicly struggling over the same digital media dilemmas those of us in the newspaper industry have faced for so long. Continue reading “Next stop: wherever you say …”