Author Archives: Jon Glass

The NewsHouse

A blend of multimedia storytelling, social media and rich student-produced content, The NewsHouse is an innovative digital service that covers, interacts with and engages the Syracuse University community. Now in its second year, The NewsHouse has established itself as a recognized campus media outlet that covers SU and off-campus news, sports, entertainment and issues and topics that matter to a predominantly college student audience.

In 2010, more than 200 students from a variety of SU majors and colleges contributed to the site to produce nearly 10,000 pages of content. These ranged from blog posts about a local rapper protesting the SU commencement speaker to stellar videos about the original “Tron” animator and a lifelong Carrier Dome basketball usher to interactive guides about the vegetarian lifestyle and the Bird Library’s impressive but relatively unknown special collections.

Social media plays a vital role for The NewsHouse as our team maintains active presences on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Vimeo and other outlets. The student-led team recognizes that social media is more than just marketing your product, but rather about starting conversations and building a relationship with students and followers.

The primary audience is the SU campus community of student and professors, and from there it extends to the local Syracuse and central New York community and those connected to the school from afar including alumni and sports fans. With a diverse offering of content and multiple entry points, The NewsHouse has connected with an audience that topped 68,000 unique visitors last year.

Our ultimate mission is to inform and engage our audience and successfully fulfill what our header states we are for Syracuse University: “Your Resource for News, Entertainment and What’s Happening.”

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Entry Link: http://www.thenewshouse.com

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

Apart From War

Starting in late May this past summer, our team of 10 journalists bedded down for six weeks in a bunkhouse at a dude ranch in rural, northeastern Washington state.

Nine members of this student team were from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The other was a News21 “visiting fellow” from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Newhouse departments in the print-online, broadcast, graphics and photography majors were represented on the Newhouse team.

The group was led by three Newhouse professors: Steve Davis, Ken Harper and Bruce Strong. They directed last year’s team, whose project won the top Team Journalism award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. You can explore last year’s Newhouse team site, Young and the Wireless here.

The Newhouse team’s mission: Get to know the community of war veterans that saturates this countryside. Our question: What are the consequences of war, as experienced by a tight-knit and classic small-town, all-American community? Why did we come here in particular? Because going back for years, this serene and beautiful setting has been a refuge for hundreds of Vietnam vets who’ve lived here “off the grid” and away from it all, trying to forget some memories, make sense of others. And it’s also a source for many of today’s soldiers; high-schoolers with limited opportunities still do see the military as a career choice and a way out. What might these young men and women now heading off to Iraq and Afghanistan tell us years from now, decades from now? Will anything change? Will old themes be replayed? Will we learn?

We know the consequences of war, to some extent. We can list many: PTSD, drug addiction, divorce, chronic unemployment — even criminal activity and suicide. We found much of this here, as we suspected we would. But we also developed an understanding of this complex topic, through the people we met and got to know from investing a month and a half in the work. We thank them for teaching us, giving us an opportunity to learn.

We wish the same for you as you meet “Jerry” and the other Vietnam-era “mountain men” who populate the hills and mountains around Republic, Chesaw and Tonasket. As you meet Ryn and Adam , high-schoolers heading off to war. As you hear the voices of the friends and family of Marine Chad Olson , who took his own life and his wife’s less than a year after returning from Iraq. We also talked with wives , mothers , children , aunts and uncles and others — the families left behind.

Entry Link: http://www.apartfromwar.org/

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

The NewsHouse

A blend of multimedia storytelling, social media and rich student-produced content, The NewsHouse is an innovative digital service that covers, interacts with and engages the Syracuse University community. Now in its second year, The NewsHouse has established itself as a recognized campus media outlet that covers SU and off-campus news, sports, entertainment and issues and topics that matter to a predominantly college student audience.

In 2010, more than 200 students from a variety of SU majors and colleges contributed to the site to produce nearly 10,000 pages of content. These ranged from blog posts about a local rapper protesting the SU commencement speaker to stellar videos about the original “Tron” animator and a lifelong Carrier Dome basketball usher to interactive guides about the vegetarian lifestyle and the Bird Library’s impressive but relatively unknown special collections.

Social media plays a vital role for The NewsHouse as our team maintains active presences on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Vimeo and other outlets. The student-led team recognizes that social media is more than just marketing your product, but rather about starting conversations and building a relationship with students and followers.

The primary audience is the SU campus community of student and professors, and from there it extends to the local Syracuse and central New York community and those connected to the school from afar including alumni and sports fans. With a diverse offering of content and multiple entry points, The NewsHouse has connected with an audience that topped 68,000 unique visitors last year.

Our ultimate mission is to inform and engage our audience and successfully fulfill what our header states we are for Syracuse University: “Your Resource for News, Entertainment and What’s Happening.”

Entry Link: http://www.thenewshouse.com

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

Apart from War

Starting in late May this past summer, our team of 10 student journalists bedded down for six weeks in a bunkhouse at a dude ranch in rural, northeastern Washington state.

Nine members of this student team were from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The other was a News21 “visiting fellow” from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Newhouse departments in the print-online, broadcast, graphics and photography majors were represented on the Newhouse team.

The Newhouse team’s mission: Get to know the community of war veterans that saturates this countryside. Our question: What are the consequences of war, as experienced by a tight-knit and classic small-town, all-American community? Why did we come here in particular? Because going back for years, this serene and beautiful setting has been a refuge for hundreds of Vietnam vets who’ve lived here “off the grid” and away from it all, trying to forget some memories, make sense of others. And it’s also a source for many of today’s soldiers; high-schoolers with limited opportunities still do see the military as a career choice and a way out. What might these young men and women now heading off to Iraq and Afghanistan tell us years from now, decades from now? Will anything change? Will old themes be replayed? Will we learn?

We know the consequences of war, to some extent. We can list many: PTSD, drug addiction, divorce, chronic unemployment — even criminal activity and suicide. We found much of this here, as we suspected we would. But we also developed an understanding of this complex topic, through the people we met and got to know from investing a month and a half in the work. We thank them for teaching us, giving us an opportunity to learn.

We wish the same for you as you meet “Jerry” and the other Vietnam-era “mountain men” who populate the hills and mountains around Republic, Chesaw and Tonasket. As you meet Ryn and Adam , high-schoolers heading off to war. As you hear the voices of the friends and family of Marine Chad Olson , who took his own life and his wife’s less than a year after returning from Iraq. We also talked with wives , mothers , children , aunts and uncles and others — the families left behind.

Additional URLs include:

http://apartfromwar.news21.com/stories/all-lingers-veteran
http://apartfromwar.news21.com/stories/personal-war-veteran
http://apartfromwar.news21.com/stories/jerrys-cabin-veteran-home-infographic
http://apartfromwar.news21.com/categories/multimedia
http://apartfromwar.news21.com/categories/infographic

Entry Link: http://www.apartfromwar.org

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

Apart from War: Jerry’s Cabin

Jerry has been in Chesaw for 30 years. The commune that originally attracted him to the land dissolved amid personality conflicts and atrophy. The spring ran dry at his first cabin, so he built another one. He’s lived with two women and raised two sons.

In this interactive graphic, you can explore Jerry’s cabin, which has grown from a one-room bunker to a tight five-room complex that’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. He remembers the stories of the individual logs in the walls and the time he spent putting them together. His water is diverted from a nearby spring and runs continuously in his kitchen. He counts the sound of it as a blessing.

Outside, he built a sauna with an upside-down satellite dish for a roof. The small crooked door leads over a slippery plank bridge and into a small pool of water. Out of the sauna and splash, into the pond — this is how Jerry bathes, in sunshine, rain, sleet and snow.

Produced by David Miller

Entry Link: http://apartfromwar.news21.com/stories/jerrys-cabin-veteran-home-infographic

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.

Syracuse Diners – Mobile App

As one component of the SyracuseDiners.com initiative developed by the Newhouse School’s Spring 2010 Multimedia Projects class, students produced a mobile-friendly version that allows users to easily get information, maps and other details about 50+ diners in the Syracuse, N.Y., area.

This mobile-friendly version became the first web-app produced by the Newhouse School to be added to Apple Store.

You can view the web version of the Syracuse Diners project here:
http://www.syracusediners.com

Entry Link: http://mobile.cusediners.com/

This post was submitted by Jon Glass.