Archive for February, 2012

Buffalo Dot Com Speaker

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Yesterday S.J. Velasquez spoke about what shenanigans she does with and When I say “Shenanigans,” I mean that in saying that she was awesome. By her presentation, she was definitely a fun person. She showed off stuff about her in a powerpoint that she threw together, I can relate to that since I’ve tossed things together before (haha).

Now more about the presentation:

S.J. said that she is like an un-official journalist. She reports on events and what-not on blogs and whatever else she has involvement with on the websites I mentioned earlier.

She gave us some tips about web writing, I copied them down while she talked about them;

  • “readers love lists
  • videos make everything better
  • anonymous comments are the worst
  • don’t use photos without permission
  • credit sources with links”

Her list is definitely helpful for the future, and I have had experience witnessing those on websites.

She told us about SEO, Search Engine Optimization, and how it can help get your website noticed.

That was pretty much it. Her presentation was informative and fun. Mostly fun. I really enjoyed what she presented and the advice she gave, and the posters she brought with her.


S.J. also included Twitter pages we could follow:





In-Class Speaker

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Today in class, Amy Moritz from the Buffalo News came in and spoke about being a writer for news both yesterday and today.

She touched on topics as the technological differences and methods of reporting. With the implication of live blogging and Twitter, how we read news is so much easier. The changes in the internet helped bring more live and up to date news, as opposed to the old way of updating the news every morning.

She even talked about how with the use of Twitter, people can work their way around Public Relations people for many athletes. She talked about Tim Gram (?) and his relationship with former Miami Dolphins player, Ricky Williams, through Twitter. Amy said that Tim and Williams went out and meditated one time.

Overall, Amy was a great speaker. She told us some tricks of the trade and gave some people some ideas for what they can do in the future as a career.

Print to Web, Take 2

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Amy Winehouse coroner resigns, family seeks advice

After questions were raised about her qualifications, the coroner who oversaw the investigation of the death of singer Amy Winehouse has resigned on Wednesday.

Winehouses’s relatives say that they are still gathering their thoughts about the resignation and the possibility of another investigation.

In October, Suzanne Greenaway made the ruling that the singer, who was found dead at her London home in July, had died from accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after weeks of abstinence

Greenaway had been appointed an assistant deputy coroner in London in 2009 by her husband, and resigned in November after authorities learned she had not been a registered U.K. lawyer for five years as required by the rules. She had practiced law for a decade in her native Australia.

Word of her resignation was not public until Wednesday.

Greenaway oversaw 12 inquests in Camden, the north London borough where Winehouse lived, and others in east London.  Andrew Reid, Greenway’s husband and the coroner for inner north London, said he was “confident that all of the inquests handled were done so correctly” — but offered to hold those inquests over again if the families of the deceased wanted it.

Winehouse’s family said it had not yet decided what to do. However, Winehouse’s investigation could be declared invalid if her family challenges the verdict in court.

The 27-year-old Grammy-winning singer was found dead at her home in Camden on July 23.