Coming up...Reviews and New Opportunities

Hiya, folks. As you may have noticed, ePluribus Media is doing some updates. These updates are both internal and external -- some you'll see, others will happen behind the scenes.

As with all such efforts, your feedback and contributions are always appreciated; please feel free to sprinkle a few in the comments.

Upcoming on ePluribus Media in terms of content is a review of Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press, edited by Jack Rosenberry and Burton St. John III. Our own Aaron Barlow contributed to it (he wrote Chapter 5), and I was fortunate enough to be quoted. The topic is both relevant and timely, coming shortly on the heels of news regarding how Susie Dow's Iraq, Contingency Contracting and the Defense Base Act started a series of events that culminated in the Department of Labor finally recognizing the benefits claim of the Kirk von Ackermann's family -- six long years after Kirk disappeared in Iraq, in what the Army CID determined was a clear-cut case of abduction and murder. Kudos again, Susie, and our thanks for your dogged pursuit of justice.

I'll be posting my review of Public Journalism 2.0 in the next day or two. Keep an eye out for it.

Other things are happening -- some still in the planning stages but moving forward. More on all this later. In the meantime, have a great weekend.

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The site looks wider, which I like.

It actually looks like the HD videos will actually fit without downsizing them. Won't know for sure until something is posted?

Do we have a "mobile version" of ePM that is or will be available? Typically it is a stripped down version of the site that web enhanced phones (and their tiny memories/hard drives) can handle easier?

When you switch to "enable rich text" for comments (diaries too? Haven't checked) the gray background makes it hard to see the text.

fixed. Will look into a mobile version ...

:)

It's perceptibly different but I've also been messing with the computer (my javascript comment was not entirely a joke).

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is lighter than the previous, so may load faster ... :)

on Drupal ...
http://drupal.org/node/459686

It offers different solutions to making a mobile version of a site. Any preferences?

It says the separate url is a little more complicated but more functional, but the sub-domain ("m.discuss.epluribusmedia.net/" or sometimes used "mobile.discuss.epluribusmedia.net/") is less functional but easier to do.

Might it be easier to do the sub-domain thing and see if and how much it actually gets used and then consider the more functional methods (that are harder and more time consuming? Also requiring a new url?) later if it seems worth our while?

I don't want to make more work for nothing. I was just figuring a light mobile site would be useable to upload a post and maybe an image while on the go and, more importantly, would make the site that much more user friendly for the growing market of web enhanced phones.

Really? I am less concerned with having posting access as I am readership. I figure we may as well be ready for the "next new net" as it is happening.

Yes? No? Maybe? Just a suggestion and I really don't know the innards of this site so I don't what is easier or better to do.

of your observations. I will start working on the "easy" method and then in the background we can work on a real deployment. Sound good?

If you think you can do it in any way that is easier I defer completely to you. lol

Really different first impact, that's certain!  I like it so far :-)

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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson