IntenseDebate commenting system installed

Hey, if it’s good enough for, it’s good enough for me. Very slick setup and operation.

And I consider this a bit of a test ahead of installing it at APRN, KSKA, KAKM and other sites I manage at work. I definitely would like a superior commenting/discussion system there.

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Recent presentations

Well, the week of presentations is now over. Here are both of them, for reference. They may not make sense out of context, but there were definitely some links in the Twitter presentation particularly that may be of use to the APRN journalists that attended my presentation last Friday.

APRN Chaordic Organization Option

This presentation was made to several managers of public radio stations in Alaska and then again to the Board of APTI a couple days later. It concerns the future of collaborative public media efforts in Alaska. Developed in cooperation with the unequaled Robert Paterson, and using ideas pioneers 40 years ago with Visa International, it’s a proposal for starting conversations statewide about finding a new way for us to collaborate and compete in a more natural way than we’re organized today. It’s kind of hard to follow without the narration/explanation, but I wanted to share it anyway. I’m happy to answer questions.

Twitter for Stations, Programs, Journalists and Fun

This presentation was made to a group of Alaska public radio journalists in Anchorage during an annual conference. The idea was to expose them to the Twitter service and suggest they try it out and see what others around the country — especially NPR — are doing with it. The reaction was… tepid. I think Alaska pubradio journalists are really saddled with a lot of responsibilities that just aren’t present in the rest of the country, and taking on new forms of media is just so hard for them. And then journalists also tend to be a skeptical lot — as they should be, of course. Again, narration helps, but there’s lots of links in it for reference.

2 Fox and NBC Stations to Pool Video News Gathering

Good for them. Too bad it’s still terrible local TV news. What they should do is blend in a VJ process and stop doing ambulance-chasing and I’m-standing-outside-a-building-where-something-happened-6-hours-ago “live” reports.

The answer definitely lies in sharing news. News is a commodity. Content is worthless. Context and community are where new value will be found.

How to tell if you have NOT arrived

If you have to write your own bio, because no one knows you, that’s when you know you have not arrived. That’s what I had to do Sunday night for a conference in Alaska coming up in a couple weeks. I guess I’m presenting — though I don’t yet know about what. I’ll just make it up. Anybody got a name for a hypothetical web 2.0 social network I can fake on the spot?

Anyway, I also had to pick out a photo to put out there so people can point, giggle, and say, “Aren’t you a little short to be a new media douchebag?”

Luckily, we just hosted a “Listening Room” for Down To The Wire on Sunday at the station, and we had a great photographer there, Brian Adams, who took this shot of me actually doing the new media deed for all to see (eeew!). Not too bad. And by the way, ladies, you can’t see my ring hand in the photo, but I’m taken. I know you’re disappointed.

Anyhoo… Check out this lame-o bi-o that will probably accompany the photo:

John Proffitt has immersed himself in new technologies and media since first working as a teaching assistant for a personal computing class 25 years ago — while still in middle school. Since then he’s earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English and education, later entering the fast-paced world of IT consulting and digital media. He’s worked in healthcare, manufacturing, banking and government contracting, developed content and software for a monthly CD-ROM magazine, built web sites and managed secure online transaction systems with support staffs as large as 21 and annual budgets of nearly $3 million. Raised on Sesame Street and enlightened by Morning Edition, he joined the public media ranks in 2004 at APTI in Anchorage. Today, he manages all radio, TV and web “streams” for KSKA-FM, KAKM-TV and APRN and explores new media methods as they intersects with the traditional missions of public broadcasting. He blogs and “tweets” with a network of contacts from NPR, PBS and major stations nationwide. Join him online at

Oh, yeah, I wanna hear this guy talk. Yeesh.

The worst part of the bio? It’s all true.