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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

pop quiz, hotshot

Ruben B. Licera Jr., creative consultant of CREWorks Asia, won the online quiz after the C4J seminar after garnering the highest score in the test.

Giving him his 2, 000-peso gift certificate is C4J manager Cherry Thelmo-Fernandez.

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blogs and cms

Wilson Ng, president of HP partner Ng Khai, talks about content management systems at the C4 online journalism seminar in Cebu.

"What we call blogging is actually part of content management systems... You have a lot of information, but how do you present it?"

He noted that CMS empowers people: "The interesting thing about blogs and CMS is that you separate the technology from the information."

This means people can concentrate on creating and sharing information, without worrying about the underlying technology.

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online journalism is still journalism

Nini Cabaero, executive editor of the Sun Star Exchange Network, stresses that online journalism is still journalism. The basic principles still apply, namely accuracy, fairness, balance, completeness, and rules on attribution and ethical practices.

"Technology can be a tool to fool people, but at the same time technology can also be a tool to verify," Nini said, as she shared the horror story of a Cagayan de Oro editor who years ago copied and pasted an e-mail message about a supposed CNN report that Bill Gates had been assassinated and published it as a story.

The e-mail was actually an April Fool's Day prank from a Davao journalist. The CdO editor had to resign two months later after the paper was deluged with complaints.

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seminar begins

Cherry Thelmo-Fernandez, manager of C4, gives an overview of the seminar and asks participants to introduce themselves.

The first speaker is Nini Cabaero, executive editor of the Sun Star Exchange Network, who will give an overview of online journalism.

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inquirer is hip

I've wanted to share it for a long time but now it's official: the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Hinge have entered a joint venture to form Hinge Inquirer Publications.

Here's an excerpt from the official announcement:

THE Inquirer GOES HIP.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has formally entered into a partnership with R828 Inc., creator of mPH Magazine, Swing, The Reviewer and local franchise holder of PC Magazine. This marks the entry of the country’s No. 1 newspaper into the world of magazine publishing.

The joint venture has created Hinge Inquirer Publications or HIP, which hopes to further strengthen the Inquirer’s reputation as one of the country’s premier content providers across a wide array of media, and now to include magazines.

The partnership agreement, signed on Oct. 5 at the Inquirer offices in Makati City, was forged by HIP officials Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez, chair; Dave Valdes, president; Poch Bermudez, SVP and general manager; Alex Reyes, SVP and CFO; Paolo Prieto, president, Inquirer Holdings Inc., and Doris Bermudez, sales and events director of HIP.

Of course, it's an open secret that HIP is bringing in a certain gaming magazine to the country, hehe. More on that soon.

Read the rest of the announcement.

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c4j banner (no relation to bruce)

This is the banner for the C4J Online Journalism seminar.

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journalism in the age of the internet

I'm here at the Cebu Educational Development Foundation for IT office. I'm one of the resource speakers for the seminar on online journalism that C4J is conducting here.

My session is slated after lunch. The seminar should be starting soon.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

seminar in cebu

I'm flying to Cebu tonight because I was invited to be a resource speaker for a seminar on online journalism organized by C4J.

C4J is a multi-purpose cooperative for journalists and media workers, and it's managed by Cherry Thelmo-Fernandez. I haven't seen Cherry in years since my early days in CyberPress. Needless to say I was honored by the invitation and gladly accepted.

Got to go for now.

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the best things in life are lag-free

I recently reviewed the D-Link DGL-4300 wireless gaming router for INQ7 Infotech.

Here's what I had to say in my @Play column:

A GAMING router?

Yeah, I know, I was skeptical when I first heard about this product. What's even more mind-boggling is that this baby, the D-Link DGL-4300, is not only a wireless router that offers a maximum of 108 Mbps of wifi (wireless fidelity) connectivity via the 802.11g standard (that's the maximum theoretical speed you can attain, OK, plus remember that you'll need a special wireless adapter for your PC to attain that kind of speed), but also features four Gigabit Ethernet ports -- and yet it's meant for home use.

Gigabit Ethernet in your home? My brother-in-law Eric the hardware buff's jaw dropped when he found out the specs of this bad boy, as he wondered aloud if this was overkill since why the heck would a home user need this kind of speed? Then again, D-Link is aiming this product squarely at the hardcore gamer, the ones who would be willing to pay a premium just to get the best gaming experience -- the same kind of people who shell out money for high-end keyboards and mice optimized for gameplay, or trick out their gaming rigs with the sweetest-looking PC casings, cooling systems, neon lights and other mods.

You might also want to check out the first podcast-only novel, which I talked about in my column.

Read my @Play column.

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