In this video interview on Beet.TV Matthew Cavnar, head of product at Vook, a company which creates video books, talks about its collaboration with ABC News to produce a ‘vook’ which combines its text and video reporting of significant events.
Recent publications produced by Vook and ABC News, which Cavner claims offers the “360 degree experience of a news story”, includes the capture of Osama Bin Laden and the royal wedding in London.
Cavner added that while the company is looking at extending the platform out to partners, for now it is concentrating on its uses in-house.
Right now we’re really focused on going to a media company, going to a publisher, and saying we’ve got the platform … come work with us and create 50, 100, 1,000 titles because we’ve got the ability to do it.
… We think we’re basically cornering that market of scalable quality.
A judge in Ohio has filed a law suit against The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, which claimed she may have commented anonymously on the newspaper’s website about court cases, ABC News reports.
According to [judge] Saffold and her attorney, Spitz, any comments from the username “lawmiss” connected to cases involving Saffold were most likely left by the judge’s 23-year-old daughter, Sydney, an aspiring law student.
Kanye West has apologised (at least four times) to Taylor Swift for interrupting her acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs to tell the crowd that Beyoncé should have got it, while ABC News has apologised for one its reporters tweeting about an ‘off-the-record portion’ of an interview between another television network and President Obama.
Too late really: the audio is out there thanks to TMZ and the tweet sent by Terry Moran had already done the rounds:
“Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”
Yes, hold the front page of the website (and they are) Barack Obama called Kanye West a jackass.
“In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview.
“This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologise to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”
StinkyJournalism.org flags up what it thinks is an example of mainstream media’s “recent venture into commercial exploitation of what former generations unkindly called ‘freaks’.”
“The ABC News photo gallery titled ‘Medical Marvels’ might just as easily have appeared in a lurid grocery store tabloid from the 1950s. It titillates viewers with a black screen and the cautionary words: ‘WARNING: Some of the following pictures are of a graphic nature. Viewer discretion is advised’.”