Now available: Portage County Gazette online!

Click here for a brief musical slide show with photos from our Sunday in the park. The sshow is a basic example for my multimedia journalism students.

Click here for a brief musical slide show from our Sunday in the park. The show was a very basic example for my multimedia journalism students.

The Portage County Gazette’s new web site is now up and running.  For at least the time being, it’s available free, including my weekly column.  Here’s the latest one, which is about a trip to Willow River State Park that my son and I recently took. It appeared in the Oct. 29 Gazette.

I had one minor error in the column.  In mentioning the book The Best In Tent Camping: Wisconsin, by Kevin Revolinski and Johnny Molloy, I misstated the name of the publisher, which is actually Menasha Ridge Press, not Menasha Press.  A third edition of this book was released by  in 2013.

My apologies for the error.

Seriously … how bad is it when Wikipedia doesn’t want it?

Apparently not noteworthy. Source: Wikipedia

While grading my multimedia class podcasts this evening and  trying to determine why some of my students can’t figure out SoundCloud, the cloud-based music- and MP3-hosting service, I ran across the essay linked at the end of this post.

It’s hilarious.

It is, however, written for a serious purpose.  It makes for musicians a point I constantly reinforce for my journalism students: they can’t build credibility without experience, expertise, or at least widespread fame (deserved or not).  Or, failing all of that, at least talking to and citing those with expertise, experience or celebrity.

There are a great number of subjects about which no one cares on Wikipedia. With new bands this is especially important to keep in mind, given that nearly 25% of new pages are about a “garage band” (so-called because of their tendency to only ever play in their parents’ garage) or “Yet Another Myspace (or Facebook or YouTube) Band”, “YAMB” for short. — Wikipedia on Wikipedia

The essay has great lessons, really, for people in any field. It includes a detailed list of indicators marking an article about a band with no street cred.

Source: Wikipedia (I’m not one of those professors).  Because Wikipedia is NOT fond of garage bands.