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Our Base

Posted: April 21, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in Uncategorized

We can thank Moses Asch (wiki) for the music of the 60’s and 70’s.

He started Folkways Records (wiki)(podcast) in the late 40’s, which led to the folk revival. These records taught musicians like Bob Dylan how to play. They had an office in New York where traveling, depression-era surviving musicians could sell their songs.

Moe Asch thought more like an anthropologist than a businessman.

Some libraries bought every record he made. This gave him a base. When they made more money, they made more records—they operated on tight margins. The goal was to documented culture. They made 2,168 records, including one from the Miramichi—home of the oldest folk festival in North America.

Journalism should be thought of in the same way. It documents our time. If we can establish a solid base, then we can take on bigger projects when funding becomes available, and always fall back if a risk doesn’t pay off.

I think we can keep an online paper alive with 3,000$ a month, which we can get from advertisements.



The Hope Beneath 12,341* Radioactive Bodies

Posted: April 8, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in #9 Japan

*Death toll reported by on April 5, 2011. Over 15,000 missing. Is this title too heavy?

I feel guilty not following the crisis in Japan. I can’t imagine what those people are going through. Anything I picture seems like the most horrifying experience possible.

But, somehow earthquakes and tsunamis are beginning to feel common. Japan use to build houses out of paper because it’s an earthquake-prone island, and we have hundreds of nuclear power plants around the world, and a poor record handling fuels.

One of my problems with media is hearing too much negativity (I think it’s lazy reporting). I sometimes feel like I go a little crazy hearing about all the bad things in the world. I’ve decided that staying hopeful is more important than dwelling on things I can’t change. Does that make me self absorbed?


When You Can’t Win, Change The Game

Posted: April 1, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in #8 Wikileaks

His egomania is annoying. But I like this point.

I’m supporting transparency as a matter of principle. I truly believe that we can operate honestly. I may be naive, but I think we can be upfront about our intentions. I think trades can be mutually beneficial and trustworthiness can be the biggest key to success. And for those who disagree–I’m just happy Wikileaks has come in to the picture. (more…)

Wait, Who Signs Your Cheque?

Posted: March 30, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in #7 Ethics

One of the greatest things about the Internet is how accessible tools and resources have become. This blurs the line between amateur and professional.

My fear is that as journalists become the jack-of-all-trades of online media, teams will get smaller and writers will start handling their own advertising/funding.

I may be cynical, but I don’t trust someone to properly investigate or criticize an organization that funds them. “You don’t bite the hand that feeds you” is a cliche for a reason. (more…)

The Cerebral Cortex of The Internet

Posted: February 22, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in #6 Twitter

At least that’s how they described it on (TWIT, as in This Week In Tech). It was the beginning of 2010 and they were doing a show on the greatest changes of the decade.

(The story of TWIT)

I remember loving how they compared Twitter to our brain. They related the way twitter moves out one person at a time but sets off chain reactions with retweets, to how our neurons only communicate to the ones right next to it, but obviously accomplishes complex things.

I was new to twitter, and this resonated with the way my internet use was feeling centralized and kind of controlled. I felt like I could follow an issue for the first time online with little effort. I actually loved deleting people and seeing how my feed changed. I remember getting rid of @thatkevinsmith pretty quick.

So, what has it done for me lately?


#5 Not For Profit – The Media Co-op and

Posted: February 16, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in #5 Not for Profit informed me that the CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankerfein tripled his salary from $600,000 to $2 million during the Egyptian uprising. is a Canadian nonprofit, independent media source that has been making a point lately of giving attention to important news that have been overshadowed by Egypt. and the Media Co-op, are the two major nonprofit news sources that I know of in Canada, and they both strive to report on issues neglected by the “mainstream media.”


Posted: February 11, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in Uncategorized

I made r/STUJournalism to try and explain how works. It’s by far my favorite site on the Internet, and I’d like to know what you guys think.

I find it solves the problem of online clutter and disorganized comment boards, and it seems super useful for journalists.

The Truth Will Bubble Up

Posted: February 9, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in Uncategorized

While the organizing power of social media and the so-called “facebook revolution” is interesting, I think the biggest thing happening in Egypt in connection with new media is the fear it strikes in those of power.


Propublica – Adam Hodnett

Posted: February 2, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in #3 Propublica

I read the article In Minnesota, Drug Company Reports of Payments to Doctors Arrive Riddled With Mistakes. It’s a part of the Dollars for Docs series.

This is a perfect example of why investigative journalism is needed, and how—if it wouldn’t raise conflicts of interest and ethical issues—the government should be funding this kind of work because it is of huge public interest.

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber looked into a new law called the “Physician Payments Sunshine Act,” which requires drug companies and medical device manufacturers to report how much money they give to doctors. A similar law was passed in Minnesota in 1993, so they started their investigation there. (more…)

Adam’s Media Diary 17/01/11

Posted: January 19, 2011 by Adam Hodnett in Uncategorized

I’m able to wake up late on Mondays, so The Q comes on my alarm-clock radio at 10am. I take my time and get up to campus for 12:30.

After some food I sit down at 2:30 and check emails on my iPod. I do some of my class readings in JDH and move to the McCain building to open up my computer for 30 minutes before another class.

Firefox loads to my iGoogle homepage. I have my gmail and hotmail in two boxes on the left side; a to-do list, google notes, and google docs in boxes in the center column; and Twitter and Google Reader on the right side. A second tab automatically opens to Google Rader for RSS feeds.

My RSS feeds keep me up to date with any changes on the websites that I subscribe to. I follow, the media co-ops, four different sections of the Globe and Mail, five sections of Maclean’s, The New Yorker, The National Film Board, a couple of my friend’s blogs, and a few websites that I’m just testing out.

I also checked Facebook,, and Any articles that interest me get saved with instapaper so that I can read them on my iPod when I don’t have internet access, or online later through Google Reader.

After class I spent another 30 minutes on RSS Feeds, Twitter, and Facebook. I read or watch whichever headlines catch my attention

I listened to Peter, Bjorn, and John on my iPod during my 20-minute walk home, and then called my parents over Skype.

I finished the last episode of Wild China on while making supper. I then made the mistake of watching the Vice Guide to Travel episode on Liberia while eating.

I listen to the same album as I walk across town again. I end the night watching an episode Six Feet Under on Megavideo.

My day is completely powered by the internet. I can’t stand cable, I only use a cell phone for texts, and I’m getting use to reading on my iPod. I do buy newspapers, but usually only the Saturday editions, and I probably buy a couple magazines every month. I always have one leisure book on top of my school readings, but I sometimes have to go weeks without looking at it.