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MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue & YPulse Tween Mashup Request

Posted on September 27, 2007. Filed under: Conferences of Interest, MTV, MTV News, MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue, MySpace, Tween, work, YPulse |

Today is the historic MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue featuring John Edwards.

The MTV/MySpace Presidential Dialogue with John Edwards will take place Thursday at 12 p.m. ET. The entire dialogue will be webcast live through both and, and will then be rebroadcast on MTV on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Tired of scripted, old-style Presidential debates? MySpace & MTV join forces to empower you to ask questions directly to top Presidential candidates and respond to their answers in real-time.

… Because of this, I am not at the YPulse Tween Mashup conference I was talking about back in August (see My Musings: Thoughts on Tweens and the Mashup (I want to go) ). Is someone going to be liveblogging at this conference? I hope so.

Definitely visit or right now to catch the live stream. And of course, check back at for the on-demand version that we will be working on all day. It’s pretty exciting to be involved with something that has never been done before. Will it be successful? What kinds of questions will the kids ask? We’ll find out…

EDIT: The on-demand version has been online since 3:30pm. Click here to watch!

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MTV News is looking for reporters

Posted on August 22, 2007. Filed under: Choose or Loose, MTV News, MTV News is lookin for reporters |

I posted this bulletin with our MySpace account a few minutes ago:

Calling all citizen journalists, visionaries, bloggers and vloggers!

As part of a collaboration with The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Knight News Challenge, MTV News is looking for one aspiring reporter from every state and Washington, D.C., to be part of our Choose or Lose team. Click here for more info!


MTV News and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are looking for 51 aspiring reporters to help MTV News cover the 2008 Presidential election.

I’m happy that MTV News is working to cover election news even on the local level. Read more here.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students/young people at least 18 years old to gain paid experience as journalists, helping to cover the election. Not only will these young reporters bring national attention to their local political sphere, they will make personal and professional connections that will transform their lives in so many ways.

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My Documentation: Lollapalooza and the new You R Here site

Posted on August 3, 2007. Filed under: MTV News, Work Stuff, You R Here |

In a few minutes it’s going to be nuts here at the job, but wanted to give my readers a heads up that the new MTV News user-generated site You R Here is being promoted along with all our Lollapalooza coverage that started earlier today and will run through this weekend.

The above photo was taken and uploaded to my You R Here account a few minutes ago. I copied my coworker Rachel :). We will be working through this weekend from the MTV News office in NYC to support our team in Chicago. The first report will be on the site within the next few minutes.

This is (I think) my 5th experience supporting a major event while working for MTV News, and it’s still pretty exciting as it gets closer to crunch time.

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Work ‘Ish, JETSET Love, Crepe-tasticness, and Beet TV suprise

Posted on July 24, 2007. Filed under: CNN YouTube debate video, Crepes in NYC, Hottest MCs In The Game, Jet Set Show, Jim Jones, MTV News, Work Stuff |


Hottest MCs: Get Fired Up!

Get a glimpse of our Hottest MCs in the Game debate. It’s time to ring the fire alarm!

A considerable amount of work always goes into these kinds of specials, but I felt compelled to give props to everyone involved with MTV News: Hottest MCs in the Game. Especially to Sohyung, who built the feature. I’ve watched everything several times by this point and passionate debate is always something that makes me smile.


YouTube Debate Gets Heated

See the Democratic presidential candidates faced with some unusual and downright ballsy video questions.

Michelle’s package on the CNN/YouTube debate went online earlier today. Even though I’m up to my eyeballs in Web 2.0+ work, news, and research all day long, the way this debate functioned still kind of blew my mind.


* Yes, you know what JetSet is. But did you know they are having an online party Monday, July 3oth @ 6pm PST to celebrate the 500th member on MIX? There will be pizza, surprise guests, lip sync battles, and cool geek prizes.

What a great way for them to further engage their audience, by rewarding them for their participation through interactive entertainment… Smarties!

** Like Crepes? Live in NYC? Check it out. Check out my hilarious interaction with The Barnes as well. Ok, it’s funny to me.

alantra (4:03:39 PM):

DanielaInfinity (4:03:51 PM): I WANT TO GO ON A CREPE ESCAPE

alantra (4:04:57 PM): if you were a boy

alantra (4:05:01 PM): and you yelled that in public

alantra (4:05:06 PM): i bet somebody would beat you up

alantra (4:05:08 PM): lulz

DanielaInfinity (4:05:11 PM): lmao

alantra (4:05:14 PM): rue des crepes looks good

alantra (4:05:45 PM): that sounds like something that the rich bitchy girl from willy wonka would say

alantra (4:05:54 PM): “daddy, i want a crepe escape! i want it now!”

*** Beet TV FINALLY is available as a podcast! I’d like to think that my constant complaining about this in my blog and the one time we met in person has something to do with this, but it probably doesn’t. Whatever – it happened, great.

**** Last week’s pipe blast was just a ways across town from where I work. People were talking about it all day, and the debris clouds were really frightening. Check the flickr images.

My friend made a comment the other day: “I saw [something random on the street] and was going to take a picture of it but then I thought ‘it will end up on flickr anyway’ so I didn’t bother and just found it later that week.”

I wonder how much will change in her life and those who benefit from citizen journalism when Flickr video begins…


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MTV’s You R Here Blog: Team Dresch & Antler!

Posted on June 26, 2007. Filed under: MTV blogs, MTV News, My Projects, reunion show, Studio B, taking french lessons, Team Dresch, Work Stuff, You R Here blog |

Check out my music show adventures from this past weekend on MTV’s You R Here blog.

I didn’t plan on writing anything but decided if I truly am a music fan, the least I can do is help Team Dresch and Antler get some coverage.

– via mike fischer’s flickr set 

In totally unrelated news, I met with my French instructor this morning and we are in the process of plotting out the summer syllabus. If you know of any places in NYC where I can practice my French speaking skills with native speakers, please leave me a comment.

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MTV News reports on Wizard-Rock

Posted on June 7, 2007. Filed under: Harry and the Potters, MTV News, music by Harry Potter fans, wizard-rock, Work Stuff |

I recently sent some follow up info to a bunch of Wizard-Rock sites/communities. Jennifer’s package is pretty entertaining so I thought I would share link info with anyone searching for interesting coverage on music made by Harry Potter fans.

Story Link:

Harry Potter Fandom Reaches Magical New Level Thanks To Wizard-Rock Bands

You can access the video package through a link on the right sidebar within the article.

Deep Link to Wizard-Rock package (news story + two performance clips):

Also through MTV News Video Podcast

INSTRUCTIONS: (for podcasty people and those outside of USA who cannot watch the video)
If you go to you will find the package through our daily news video podcast feed. If you use itunes to subscribe to podcasts,
click on the wizard rock icon and it will try to add our video podcast feed rss to whatever reader is in your cookies.

You can also simply drop the headlines video podcast feed into itunes to get it automatically:





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2007 MTV Movie Awards memories

Posted on June 4, 2007. Filed under: 2007 MTV Movie Awards, MTV News, Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen, Work Stuff |

*yawn* Sleepy.

Luckily today is not as hectic as last night’s team effort to put the entirety of the 2007 MTV Movie Awards show online. Quite an interesting way to get back to work after a week in Paris.

Among other things, I assisted with producing the online 2007 MTV Movie Awards Under Surveillance backstage show.

If you go to you can catch up on all the festivities, as well as delight in Will Ferrell’s and Sacha Baron Cohen’s delicious man kiss.

At 3am, a bunch of us were still around and although they are not all in this photo, I think you can get an idea from the crazed grins that as a whole we were all a little punchy, although satisfied with a job well done.

(L to R) Rich, Me, Justin, Jonathan, Ben, Jennifer, The Jacks

You can read an interesting perspective of last night’s exploits on Benjamin Wagner’s aka da boss’ blog — I’m still jetlagged and unwilling to do much beyond what is expected of me at work today, and going home to eat chocolate and watch Requiem for a Dream for the millionth time.

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Feist & Director Patrick Daughters

Posted on May 10, 2007. Filed under: collaborations, Feist, MTV News, Patrick Daughters |

I just put up producer Conor Bezane’s package on Leslie Feist, known to many for her contribution to Broken Social Scene. Click the image to check it out – I think it’s definitely worth watching, and if you are a fan of Patrick Daughters we’ve also included several of his videos. His collaboration with Feist on “1234” is pretty amazing (see fans gush) – the entire video was shot in a single take.

If you like what you see, you might want to give a listen to her third and latest album, The Reminder.

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MTV Goodbyes & Your Friday NeverEnding entertainment

Posted on April 27, 2007. Filed under: MTV News, My Musings, Smita Shukla |

Last night was Smita‘s goodbye party. She is leaving MTV News to be a big shot producer for Microsoft, contributing her many talents to Live Earth.

via jtormey

Here I am pretending to not be sad that she is leaving. I will miss her jokes and obsession with Justin Timberlake.

Good Luck, Smita! You don’t need it but I wish you the best. It was great getting to know such a talented, confident and positive person.

With that, I give Miss Smita and the universe a lovely send off via this wonderful clip of the NeverEnding Story music video, with music by the mystical Limahl.

Why is he so awesome?

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Students responding to Virginia Tech Tragedy

Posted on April 16, 2007. Filed under: MTV News, Virginia Tech Shootings |

It still amazes me how the internet, specifically within the last few years, gives so many voices the opportunity to be heard – at once. What would take days to compile, happened today – literally – in seconds.

MTV News has already collected several sources online where students have been posting first hand accounts of the shooting. Within minutes, blog entries were up, photos were posted. Citizen/Collective journalism was furiously in effect today.

What amazes me even more, is how it’s possible that the shootings began at 7AM, and somehow this disturbed individual began shooting again several hours later, in another location on campus. How were the students not sufficiently warned? What happened?

excerpt from report:

Virginia Tech students told MTV News they have learned that the first shooting occurred at a residence hall and involved either the girlfriend of the shooter or her roommate, as well as a Resident Assistant. CNN reports that the campus-wide alert wasn’t made until two hours later, when the second shooting began to occur at Norris Hall. The police claim they thought the dorm incident was an isolated matter.

… I wonder if things would have turned out the same way if some sort of student body emergency-only mass text service had been in effect. Everyone with a cell phone (and text service) would have seen the message, been given instructions, and who knows? Maybe less damage would have been done.

A lot of lessons to learn from this. A lot to think about. Working on covering this has consumed my (and all my coworkers) entire day, and now I just want to go home and watch Little Rascals. Or bury my head underneath my pillow. Maybe I’ll do both. This is definitely not over and tomorrow I am sure is not going to be any easier. I cannot imagine how the students must feel.

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