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TEDx at Poynter Institute Examines Future of Journalism

TEDx at Poynter Institute Examines Future of Journalism

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in News | 1 comment

On Friday, June 7, the Poynter Institute held its third annual day of TEDx lectures. For those who’ve never attended, TEDx is the independently organized version of the TED talks, wildly popular lectures on technology, entertainment, and design. These talks often take a stimulating look at the future of the theme or topic the organizers choose to examine. As this series of talks took place at the renowned school of journalism, it took journalism – and often how the modern realities of social media affect it – as its theme. This was the second time I’d attended a TEDx talk, so some parts of it were familiar. As with all TED talks, the speakers were limited to no more than 18 minutes; there were no question-and-answer sessions; a small number of TED videos were shown to supplement those speaking in person; and regular breaks allowed for socializing, networking, and talking with the speakers. The organizers of every TEDx talk always do something that give it its own character, however, and this one was no exception. One of the Poynter Institute’s teachers played excellent piano during the breaks; food trucks came in to allow us to purchase our lunch; and other nice flourishes encouraged the active participation of attendees. In total, the schedule boasted 11 in-person speakers and three videos. We kicked off with Pat Aufderheide talking on a subject near and dear to my heart: fair use in journalism. The worst problem journalists have with fair use, according to Pat, is that they don’t know it well enough; most good journalists don’t know when they can use it, which leads to stress – and self-censorship. If journalists self-censor, they can’t do their jobs properly. Pat went over the three key questions for fair use: Is the work being used for a new purpose (transformative)? Are you using not too much and not too little of it to carry out your purpose (Goldilocks principle)? Are you following the acceptable practice in your field for fair use? The third point is critical, as fair use for a teacher may be different from fair use for, say, a musician – or, more...

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Chocolate Kingdom Offers Sweet Way to Spend Some Time

Chocolate Kingdom Offers Sweet Way to Spend Some Time

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Reviews | 0 comments

If you’re ever in Kissimmee and looking for something sweet and educational to do for the whole family, consider a visit to Chocolate Kingdom. Located at 2858 Florida Plaza Boulevard, near a Fun Spot and a Pirate’s Cove miniature golf course, this strip plaza style building invites visitors in for a tour of a chocolate factory, complete with samples.This attraction, which does house a small working chocolate factory, is owned by the Schakolad Chocolate Factory. The owner, Baruch Schaked, learned how to make chocolate from South American and European chocolatiers, beginning his career back in 1969. He has brought his entire family into the operation, which gives the Chocolate Kingdom itself a personal feeling you don’t often find in Disney-area attractions. You start your journey by entering through the gift shop (of course), where you’re met with an impressive chocolate counter full of imaginative treats. Standouts include a fondue-to-go kit ($10) and a variety of chocolate-covered items, as well as delightful truffles. I ate a white chocolate-covered orange truffle ($1) that was delicious – and I’m a dark chocolate fan! You can also buy chocolate liquors, chocolate-themed tote bags, mugs, chocolate body paint (available in dark and milk chocolate versions), and a book on chocolate, written by Mr. Schaked himself. In the shop, you’re also surrounded by several video screens that display chocolate facts, trivia, and jokes. Worth noting here is something you don’t see every day: cacao trees. Behind a glass enclosure, you will see several actual cacao trees growing, ranging from one to three years old. Given that Florida is not the best place to grow these sensitive plants, that’s a minor miracle in and of itself. You can bet they get excellent care! But never mind the shop; my friends and I were there for the factory tour. These tours take 45 minutes, and begin every hour on the hour starting at 1 pm. Chocolate Kingdom opens at noon every day, and closes at 8 pm. You can book your tour online through Chocolate Kingdom’s website. Our tour started in a theater, where our tour guide and “chocolate ambassador,” Mark, kicked things off with a video...

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