Welcome to the brave new media world, where lumbering giants are being humbled by nimbler johnnies-come-lately. A world where senior editors of venerable newspapers have the deer-in-the-headlights look while those of new media outlets have a precocious twinkle in their eyes. After visiting several flagship newspapers around the United States, it is clear that the business model that the print media relied on for decades does not work anymore. Circulations are falling as the younger generation mostly consumes news online. This in turn has led to a steep fall in advertising dollars.
If you are a foreigner and visit a city in US for the first time, standing on the street with a map in hands, you may feel surprised as well as happy if someone unknown walks by, saying ‘may I help you’.
That was what I had experienced 6 years ago when I visit Berkeley, CA.
Ralph, a stranger in Berkeley who met me on downtown Berkeley, became one of my best friends. His thoughts and living philosophy to me are almost the spirit of Berkeley.
I grew up at a time when traditional media was king in the Philippines. It was shortly after the People Power revolution in 1986, the nonviolent uprising that overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, a period when critical media outlets were shutdown.
After the revolt, Filipinos were ravenous for real news and information. Newspapers came back in force, but TV was the dominant medium for the masses. At 6:30pm, every household would be tuned in to the nation’s top-rating newscast. People were riveted. Philippine media were fearless once again.
The moment I landed in Texas, it just felt right. Not exactly like being home, but some sort of comfortable feeling took over.
I guess it’s understandable. I was a kid here for a few years. I left Israel at the age of 3 and came to Dallas, where my father did his PhD in archaeology. After that, we went back home to Haifa.
I don’t remember Dallas very much. I do remember going to a Jewish school, where half of the day was in English, and the other half in Hebrew. I remember wearing a kippa, tsisit and cowboy boots to school.
Christina Gomez is the Digital Director, where she oversees all online communication, including managing BattlegroundTexas.com, Facebook, Twitter, Design and online fundraising.
According to statistics of the independent liberal organization "Battleground Texas" more than 38% of the potential voters in the state are not registered to take part in elections. In a population of 26-27 million people in Texas, this rate is still too high Battleground Texas.analyzes show.
I’m in Austin, TX, I’m amazed, and I’m impressed. The downtown of Austin is broken up into two deeply different worlds. One world, which is luxury and wealthy is located by my left hand. I’m sitting on a high chair at the Starbucks, Congress av., downtown Austin. I see the top of the beautiful Capitol building ahead. On Sunday morning I admired hundreds good-looking healthy people who were running around, on Sunday lunch time I was among dozens with Mimosa cocktails, which is sparkling wine and orange juice, in their hands.
Of all the monuments in Washington D.C., perhaps the most significant is that dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers and third President of the United States. Significant, because it is the only monument paid for in its entirety by Congress (the princely sum in 1934 of $3 million). President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone in 1939 and officially dedicated the Memorial on April 13, 1943 -- the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. FDR fervently admired Jefferson and wanted to be able to see the Memorial from the Oval Office.
When you visit Politico and Washington Post during the same week, making some comparison is inevitable. I see Politico as a young lion, full of energy, whereas Washington Post seems to be old and tired lion. But is it possible for the old lion to reform itself?