OBAMA LEADS

Files under General | Oct 31st

Good news from Princeton, New Jersey, the headquartes of the Gallup Poll:

The political landscape could be improving for Barack Obama in the waning days of the campaign. Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 28-30 shows him with an eight percentage point lead over John McCain among traditional likely voters — 51% to 43% — his largest margin to date using this historical Gallup Poll voter model.



BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

Files under General | Oct 26th

The New York Times endorses Barack Obama:

The nation’s problems are simply too grave to be reduced to slashing “robo-calls” and negative ads. This country needs sensible leadership, compassionate leadership, honest leadership and strong leadership. Barack Obama has shown that he has all of those qualities.

Like the endorsement from Colin Powell, these are late reactions.

Let’s not forget that The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton during the New York primaries.



THE LAST QE2 TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING: THE INSIDE STORY OF MY TEMPORARY BLOG

Files under General | Oct 15th

In the last 30 years I have crossed the Atlantic more than 200 times.

But always in airplanes.

Never on a ship.

So, a few months ago, I decided to make reservations for me, Deborah and Tam David to be on the last Atlantic crossing of the Queen Elizabeth 2.

And tomorrow we are boarding the Grand Dame of the Seas in New York.

Then, the Cunard liner will cross the Atlantic and arrive in Southampton (UK) on October 22.

So, during those six days and five nights I will only post on the temporary blog that I started in August.

I’ve had a great time since then.

Let me tell you the inside story of that blog, though.

Last summer, as soon as I knew about the QE2′s last crossing, I contacted several newspaper editors — very good, old friends — and no one, not one of them, was interested in the crazy idea of a temporary blog to chronicle this final Atlantic crossing.

So, I decided to go ahead by myself.

And I started QE2: THE LAST CROSSING. THE AMERICAN FAREWELL OF THE LONGEST SERVING SHIP IN CUNARD’S 169-YEAR HISTORY.

On August 9, 2008, I wrote my first post:

The Queen Elizabeth 2 will cross the Atlantic for the last time in a few weeks.
With my wife Deborah and our son Tam David, we are going to be in the last crossing of the QE2. This blog will tell you almost everything about this farewell sailing of the legendary Cunard liner. Your comments, pictures and remembrances are very welcomed.

And since then, I have added more than 230 posts.

With this blog I learned two very important lessons:

One. That my newspaper-editor friends were wrong. Yes, there is an incredible interest around the world for this ship. The QE2 has passionate fans. They are crazy people. So you find great stories. Amazing pictures. Fantastic videos …

Two. There is a lot of related advertising to make a blog like this profitable. But my editor friends didn’t get it, and my blog is the proof. For the first time, I got involved with banners, AdSense, Amazon, eBay, etc. and I learned a lot. And made more money than I was expecting.

I now have new friends from Sidney, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Liverpool, Hong Kong … and thousands of devoted readers.

I am leading a real community.

And I am thinking of a book to tell the story of the blog and the QE2.

The story of a “solo” blog that had Chiqui Esteban as my “guardian angel,” helping me when I had troubles with many unknown blogging issues.

But the best thing — and this is the ultimate reward for someone who didn’t give up on his crazy idea — was that Cunard liked my blog very much. One day I got a phone call phone from my travel agent with the BIG NEWS:

We were upgraded from a very cheap cabin to a Q2 suite at the top of the ship!

So, Cunard made my day, made my trip, made our dream.

Now it is time to enjoy it. And for my skeptical editors, it’s time to reconsider how they see and value crazy ideas for blogs like “THE LAST CROSSING.”

See you there and welcome aboard!

(In the picture, the QE2 in her first visit to New York).



GETTING NASTY, BUT GOOD FOR OBAMA

Files under General | Oct 15th

More and more nasty signs against Obama.

Republicans are doing a lot for Obama with these signs.

And they don’t know to stop this crazy trend.

Democrats must be very happy to have such a stupid enemy.



YES, McCAIN IS IN TROUBLE

Files under General | Oct 15th

And tonight is not his last chance, but, I think, the end of the end.

Expect a rough debate.

A nasty one.

A debate that Obama has to win with good manners and ideas, not attacks and insults.



A NEW GENERATION OF UKRAINIAN DIGITAL JOURNALISTS

Files under General | Oct 14th

I spent two days teaching about the future of newsmedia at the National University’s Digital Future of Journalism program in Kiev.

This is the second year of a program that INNOVATION was asked to design from scratch for the SCM’s Development of Ukraine Foundation.

And now it is a reality.

Each year, 25 young journalists from all of the Ukraine’s media are selected for a one year program with an international faculty teaching one full week every month.

The “students” are professionals, and the teachers are from all over the world.

My sessions were a mix of presentations, video cases and – above all – an intense and vibrant discussion about journalism. Period.

The picture was taken at the end of my visit.

It was really refreshing to share these two days with a new generation of Ukrainian journalists.

The ones who will change, and are changing, the Ukrainian media landscape.



A FREE RIDE FOR POLITICAL ADVERTISING?

Files under General | Oct 14th

 

Is this the way to cover political elections?

No.

This is an interesting front page, but something is missing here.

The critical analysis of all these free political ads.

La Vanguardia in Barcelona (Spain) did it better a few days ago covering the last debate between McCain and Obama.

Journalists of the paper rated the candidates and explained the reasons.

 

 

 



A SIX-COLUMN NYT HEADLINE

Files under General | Oct 14th

A six-column headline is not usual at The New York Times.

But today is a big news day.

 



PHOTO EDITING

Files under General | Oct 12th

Photo editing at El Pais.

No photo editing at La Vanguardia.

 



CHILDREN’S DAY IN BRAZIL

Files under General | Oct 12th