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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Are you as smart as a sixth-grader?

So I left yesterday morning's social networking class extremely enthused and maybe a little confused about where to start first and how best for The Saratogian to make use of Facebook and LinkedIn and whatever else has been created in the last 24 hours.
And yesterday afternoon, I took my first 30-second video in the newsroom, pointing the flipcam at reporter Mareesa Nicosia while she discussed an upcoming story with Assistant Managing Editor Betsy DeMars. I figure I will incorporate that into a column for the print and online versions of The Saratogian ... maybe later today.
Then this morning I unfolded my home-delivered Saratogian to read that sixth-graders at the Maple Avenue Middle School, under the direction of Tom Coons, are learning to do the same thing with these lightweight cameras and a whole lot more, including video animation and graphics for computer presentation. They're also using Power Point, which is old hat for students.
Right next to that feature is a story about the Saratoga Springs Police Department's Facebook page, which has been created is in addition to the departmet's Web site. You can hear Chief Chris Cole talk about the page on a 30-second video taken for The Saratogian Web site by our newest reporter, Patrick Donges.
And if you have a few more minutes, you can watch sports writer Stan Hudy's video of the senior and parents night for the Saratoga Springs High School ice hockey team at


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