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Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

December 18, 2014 Comments off

Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry
Source: Library of Congress

The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.

Spanning the period 1913-2004, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, silent movies, student films, independent and experimental motion pictures. This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 650, which is a small fraction of the Library’s vast moving-image collection of 1.3 million items.

The 2014 registry list includes such iconic movies as “Saving Private Ryan,” a treatise about the harsh realities of war, which earned director Steven Spielberg an Academy Award; the chilling 1968 horror masterpiece “Rosemary’s Baby”; Arthur Penn’s Western saga starring Dustin Hoffman, “Little Big Man”; director John Hughes’ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”; and Joel and Ethan Coen’s cult classic, “The Big Lebowski.”

The list also includes John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.”; the 1953 “House of Wax,” the first full-length 3-D color film produced and released by a major American film studio; 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder; Howard Hawks’ 1959 Western “Rio Bravo”; and Charles Laughton comic turn in the 1935 “Ruggles of Red Gap.” Also making the list is Efraín Gutiérrez’s 1976 independent movie, “Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!,” considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film.

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Not So Silent Nights: Radio Is the Perfect Spot to Find Holiday Spirit

December 16, 2014 Comments off

Not So Silent Nights: Radio Is the Perfect Spot to Find Holiday Spirit
Source: Nielsen

Sleigh bells might be ringing, but what really gets U.S. consumers in the holiday spirit is, literally, the sound of music!

According to a recent Nielsen survey, nearly half of all respondents (49.5%) said hearing holiday music on the radio put them in the holiday spirit. However, it seems that the holiday state of mind resonates differently among the sexes—57% of women said hearing holiday music on the radio put them in a holiday mood, compared with 42% of men.

Categories: holidays, music, Nielsen

Journalism Partnerships: A New Era of Interest

December 13, 2014 Comments off

Journalism Partnerships: A New Era of Interest
Source: Pew Research Journalism Project

One recurring theme in the Pew Research Center’s journalism research over the last two years has been that of newsroom collaborations. In its examinations of nonprofit news outlets, newspaper innovations, statehouse reporting and digital startups, The center has encountered news providers teaming up in new ways. Legacy media outlets are looking more than ever for ways to augment what they can produce with a depleted staff, and news startups are eager to place their work before a wider audience and figure out roads to sustainability.

Jim Brady, immediate past president of the Online News Association and a seasoned digital and newspaper executive, puts the case for collaboration succinctly. “This is a time when journalists need to huddle together for warmth.”

What these collaborations mean for the public—at least in theory—is broader and deeper news coverage, more easily accessed or discovered. What they mean for news organizations is—depending on one’s place at the table—a more diverse mix of content to offer, broader reach and more scalable reporting.

A Guide for Communicating Synthetic Biology

December 4, 2014 Comments off

A Guide for Communicating Synthetic Biology
Source: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

As the synthetic biology field advances, the need increases for methods to communicate to the public the scientific findings and applications born from synthetic biology. This document provides a set of guidelines that may help organizations, institutions, journalists, and others discuss synthetic biology with various audiences. The “Communication Process” section incorporates key concepts that communicators should keep in mind during message development and delivery, ensuing discussions, and any evaluations that follow. It is also important to consider “Message Content,” which is covered in the second section. These recommendations are based on studies focused on the perception of synthetic biology, its potential risks and benefits, and the issues surrounding the science. These recommendations are based on public perception research, focus group discussions, and cautionary tales about the hype surrounding the nascent field of synthetic biology. This guide aims to help communicators shape and deliver their messages about synthetic biology in ways that achieve their goals, while still informing the public about the potential benefits and risks of the science in a balanced way.

Global Internet Phenomena Report: 2H 2014

December 3, 2014 Comments off

Global Internet Phenomena Report: 2H 2014 (PDF)
Source: Sandvine

The Global Internet Phenomena Report: 2H 2014 shines a light on fixed and mobile data networks around the world, identifying facts, fads, and the future trends that will shape the Internet’s future. In this report, we present a mix of high-level observations, regional-focused analysis, deep-dives into specific subjects, and educational tidbits. Communications service providers (CSPs) in particular are in the position to act on this information, but we believe that the findings will be of interest to a wide range of readers.

As with all reports in recent years, Real-Time Entertainment (comprised of streaming video and audio) continues to be the largest traffic category on virtually every network we examined, and we expect its continued growth to lead to the emergence of longer form video on mobile networks globally into 2015.

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Listen Up! Hispanic Consumers and Music

December 1, 2014 Comments off

Listen Up! Hispanic Consumers and Music
Source: Nielsen

Music is a key component of Hispanic life and Hispanics are among the most enthusiastic consumers of music across a variety of genres regardless of acculturation level. Having roots in Mexico and various countries across Central America, South America and the Caribbean, Hispanics are diverse, speak multiple languages, and straddle multiple cultures. There is no single narrative that applies to those who identify themselves as Hispanic. Some are recent immigrants who speak only Spanish, some are descendants of families who immigrated generations ago and speak only English, and some speak Spanish and English with equal ease.

One thing that binds Hispanics together is a passion for music.

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Categories: Hispanics, music, Nielsen

Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games

November 26, 2014 Comments off

Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games
Source: Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Digital games have the potential to transform K-12 education as we know it. But what has been the real experience among teachers who use games in the classroom? In 2013, the Games and Learning Publishing Council conducted a national survey among nearly 700 K-8 teachers. The report reveals key findings from the survey, and looks at how often and why teachers use games in the classroom, as well as issues they encounter in their efforts to implement digital games into their practice.

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