SPIN Earth – a fresh, worldview on music

My friend Lars works for SPIN Media (owns SPIN Magazine) and since last September has been working to launch SPIN Earth, which, in his words is “a worldwide network of correspondents [that will] help deliver local music news and updates from all regions globally.”

It seems like a mix of citizen and traditional journalism, as the site will “utilize reports supplied by dozens of correspondents daily, curated by a team of editors to ensure quality and professionalism.” So maintains the user-generated feel (though it’s my understanding they’re recruiting folks to contribute) with an edited finished product. 

 My friend worked to develop the network of correspondents and contributors in Africa.

I honestly haven’t poked around the site much, but I like the idea and would be curious what others think. Since this is a beta site for now (they’ll be officially launching later this year), I can deliver any feedback you have to Lars.


Dr. Marvin, I’m blogging!

OK so since I sent about 50 emails to the BM New Media Team alias today, decided to post this last one in our blog. Not sure why but it seems easier sometimes to just punch out an email. When really, it’s kind of the same thing. Think I’m getting sucked into that mindset that blogging is too cumbersome – I blame Twitter; quick shouts vs. thought-out posts. (So much more my style, even offline). :)

Anyway, wanted to share this – have you all seen already? I have sadly been too busy since the election to track the news surrounding the President-Elect and his activity (although every time I walk past the freaking TV in the front lobby it’s SARAH PALIN THIS, SARAH PALIN THAT – GOOOOOO) but this Web site might be a great resource to help me get caught up. CHANGE.GOV – the new Web site “from the office of the President-Elect.”

It’s gorgeous, visually, and seems to employ a lot of the features we came to know and love on barackobama.com during his campaign for Office. There’s a voluteer portal, multimedia and even user-generated content, via the “share your story” [from election day]. COOL.

Change.gov supports Veterans Day

Change.gov supports Veterans' Day

What are your thoughts? What will happen to a) this site once Obama goes to the Oval Office for his term and b) the OG site – BarackObama.com? Curious where the good content there will go. Will he just create a link bridge? Is that one now going away since it was focused on advocacy and fundraising?

Either way – love this campaigns involvement in all things digital! Should be a very open, interesting term – no matter what your politics. (Thinking of the Russian President video blog Stephen sent around recently and how, upon watching, I had envisioned Obama doing the same, addressing the US. Rad!)