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Make your top 10 special

In Online media on December 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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This is a lightly edited email sent by Wick Web developer James Werner earlier this week. It speaks for itself. Too often we let opportunities slip by. Here comes another one. Will you take it? — Clay

It’s that time of the year again. And now, for Blox users, it’s a little bit easier to compile your top 10 stories of the year and display the articles in a nicer fashion. The collection function displays a group of articles, images, videos or any other assets in easy-to-use format. (For non-Blox users, we can help Anchorage and Sierra Vista separately if assistance is needed.)

To find your most-viewed articles, log into Blox and go to Statistics->Analytics and open the Editorial tree on the left. Double click on the Most Popular item and set the start date to Jan 1, 2014. By default, it will show the top 10, but you can set it to display more. In some cases, stories might be duplicated if they were in multiple sections, so you may want to grab more than 10.

Once you have identified the top stories, you can either create an article that links to them, or create a collection, which will display them in a unique way.

Here are collections with three different presentations, here, here and here

In Editorial, create a new asset, but instead of an article, create a collection. In a collection, instead of having an area to place article text, there is an area to add stories. Click on the Add button, and go to Find Assets. From here, search for the articles in the top 10 and add them to the collection. Once you have added the articles, on the bottom, next to the Start Date and Display Priority is a dropdown with different ways to display the collection. You can display it as a list, a sliding panel, or as a vertical display.

Please let us know if you would like any assistance in creating a page or collection.

– James Werner can be reached at james.werner@wickcommunications.com or (520) 295-4249.


This is a Christmas story

In journalism on December 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm


And like all good Christmas stories, it begins in a bucolic town filled with busy, happy, essentially good people who are sometimes too busy to realize their good fortune. It will include a Scrooge, because all good Christmas stories do, and it will end, as they must, with an uplifting scene. Let’s call that town Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Our story opens on a gray December day. The fine people of the town are busy preparing for the coming holiday. They are planning the Christmas feast, shopping for just the right present for little Cindy Loo Who and generally hanging their stockings with care.

Well, most of them.

There is another man in town. We’ll call him John, because that is his name. He is aggrieved. John has seemingly always been aggrieved. He buries the city in public records requests, looking for something to rail about online. He champions recalls and videos hours of public meetings in hopes that a political opponent will slip up.

As you might expect, John isn’t particularly enamored with the local newspaper. It doesn’t do enough to comfort the afflicted, which is often John himself. It can’t be trusted. It must be on the take from the Powerful People who are out to get him.

And so on this particular December day he emailed the editor of the newspaper and told him to blankety-blank off. (Actually, “off” was one of the words he used. The other began with the letter “F.”)

Then he did so a second time for effect. At which point I recalled Dr. Seuss:

The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!

Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.

But I think that the most likely reason of all,

may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. …

Sony asks for silence

In Ethics on December 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm
Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom seemed to present a different opinion of how the media should handle stolen documents.

Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom seemed to present a different opinion of how the media should handle stolen documents.

Show of hands: Who here has to change Christmas plans now that Sony Pictures’ “The Interview” won’t be opening at theaters across America?

Well, it probably wasn’t “The Godfather,” now was it?

As I’m sure you have heard, Sony’s been hacked. At this writing, it appears the hacking was the work of North Korean agents bent on punishing the international conglomerate for making a comedy poking fun at the famously closed society and its unconventional leader. (Which, by the way, sounds like a much better movie premise than the farcical idea behind “The Interview.”)

The most salacious revelations come in the form of executive emails released by the hackers. As you might expect, those emails show that some folks were a bit candid in their assessment of colleagues and projects. The emails revealed executive pay and plans for upcoming movies, among other things.

Well, the suits at the movie studio – and some of their high-profile talent – don’t like it. And they are taking aim at a familiar foil: the media.

  • “I was just saying that I don’t see a difference in News Corp hacking phone calls and hacking e-mails. I don’t think we should be able to participate,” said Brad Pitt on Yahoo News.
  • “Is there anything in these emails at all that’s in the public interest?” asked Adam Sorkin on the Today Show. “There isn’t, there’s just gossip there.”
  • “I can’t believe people are just so happy be like, ‘Look at this stolen information,’” Seth Rogen said on the Howard Stern radio show.

I wonder what these same privacy protectors had to say about the Edward Snowden document dump? I’m not suggesting Snowden and the hackers occupy the same moral turf, but it’s an interesting intellectual question.

Legally, my understanding is that – despite a lawyer letter from Sony to some of the nation’s biggest news operations – reporters are on pretty firm ground when reporting from stolen information they themselves did not steal. There is an awful lot of case law behind Snowden, the Pentagon Papers and many other instances through the ages. …


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