Christopher Kirby

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Lets Talk About North Haven News

I’d like to talk a little bit about North Haven News – my local news website that I started almost 6 years ago as an experiment in hyperlocal journalism.

I’m a huge fan of video podcasts, and as far back as 2005 you could always find shows like Rocketboom, GeekBrief and Mobuzz TV on my iPod. Today, some of those shows are still around, some have new names and others have disappeared, but my love of the format is just as strong and I still consume about a half-dozen different videos on a daily basis.

Working at a television news station, I knew I could easily launch a similar show of my own, and two years after buying the domain name (yes, it took me that long to work up the courage to do it), the first episode of North Haven News went online with the idea that I would post a new video every other week where I would cover what was making headlines in our town.

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App Review: Flipboard

I love Flipboard.

If I could only have one app on my iPad, this is it. Flipboard is, quite simply, an elegant and visually beautiful way of browsing content curated from the web and your social networks. Think of it as a constantly evolving magazine made up of all the stuff that interests you.

Flipboard lets readers “easily create sections around topics or people they care about. Choose from Flipboard’s suggested sections on topics such as sports, news, tech and style, with content hand-curated from popular and interesting Twitter feeds. Or, create an entirely new section by searching by topic, person or Twitter list to make Flipboard even more personal.”

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yearbook boxes

Yearbook Production Blog: Chapter 1

What’s In the Box?!

Yearbooks. Three hundred and fifty copies of the Ridge Road Elementary School yearbook to be exact. That’s what’s in the box.

This delivery marks the end of my 5th year as yearbook advisor for the school. The job is definitely a labor of love – every year when April rolls around I can be heard cursing and swearing that I’ll never do this again; but then the deadline passes, and June hits and the books arrive, and everything’s right with the world again. Despite my efforts to recruit someone to take over the responsibility, looks like I’ll be in charge for at least as long as I have children at the school. Which is another two years. But who’s counting?

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