JD Lasica

J.D. Lasica is an independent strategist, journalist, author and social media pioneer. He is president of the Social Media Group, a company that offers consulting in social media, video and podcasting services to companies and organizations. He is also co-founder and president of "Ourmedia":http://www.ourmedia.org/, a free community site and learning center for user-created video and audio. His book, "Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation," explores the personal media revolution and the emerging media landscape. He was the first new media columnist for both the American Journalism Review and Online Journalism Review. He writes about citizen media and social networks at "Socialmedia.biz:http://socialmedia.biz/. CNET named him one of the 100 top media bloggers in the world.

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From left, screenshots of the new app Now, EyeEm and Gogobot. This is the second in an ongoing series on the state of geolocation apps, sites and services. Also see: “How the geolocation revolution has evolved” In part one of this series, we looked back at the early days of geolocation, with Platial kicking off [...] more »

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This is the first post in a series on geolocation startups and services. Jason Wilson, co-founder of Platial, in San Francisco. (Photo by JD Lasica) For years, entrepreneurs, tech observers and journalists have known two things about the geolocation space: It holds an enormous amount of promise, and it’s taking an awfully long time to [...] more »

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Meograph, new storytelling startup that launched in July, gives online journalists and storytellers an added dimension that too often has been missing: context. With Meograph, you can create what co-founder and CEO Misha Leybovich calls “4D storytelling” through a simple interface that lets users add images, video and text to a story they want to [...] more »

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Shelbyville project kicks off with a series of “Welcoming” videos Chances are you haven’t yet heard of Shelbyville, a small rural community in Tennessee. If not, then you’re probably also unaware of the upcoming “Welcome to Shelbyville” documentary or the online project that is forging a pilot, or prototype, for communities to tell and share [...] more »

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The New Journalist in the Age of Social Media View more documents from JD Lasica. I’m at Day 2 of a remarkable two-day conference that is bringing nonprofits, citizen journalism and social media together in ways I’ve never seen before. I’m jazzed, hopeful and intrigued by the challenges ahead. The passion in the room is [...] more »

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AP IP I left the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association Summit of newspaper publishers and ad managers Thursday just as two executives from the Associated Press were winding up their presentation on the new AP News Registry. The new initiative, announced in July, contains two key components: • All AP stories will be released online wrapped [...] more »

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newspapers-illustration I’m working with the Poynter Institute to put together an online class for senior newspaper executives on how to use social media in the newsroom. From what I can discern, it’s one of the least understood concepts in traditional media. For the Knight Digital Media Center program conducted through the Poynter, I’ll likely be [...] more »

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Here at the IdeaLab, we’ve been hearing a lot over the past year about Drupal, the open source content management system that is now powering tens of thousands of websites, including Ourmedia, The Onion, Sony Music artists (I really like myplay.com) and a host of citizen media sites. The other night I had dinner with [...] more »

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As one of the very early members of the Online News Association, I’ve attended my share of ONA conferences over the years. This year, I wasn’t able to attend the annual gathering that ended in Washington, DC, over the weekend. Instead, I spent most of last weekend at TechCrunch50, a technology conference in San Francisco [...] more »

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Mockup10_180_135_72 ReelChanges.org, a nonprofit venture that promises to herald an era of viewer-funded documentaries, launched May 1. Since that time, the site has gained considerable traction, partly driven by the  tenacity of its founder, Hal Plotkin (a former journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle), and partly because of the sheer power of the idea. Last [...] more »