SNO Sites Customers http://www.infezp.icu Enter the Portal Wed, 13 May 2020 14:11:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 The SNO Report: Learn about the overhauled Widgets interface http://www.infezp.icu/the-sno-report-learn-about-the-overhauled-widgets-interface/ Wed, 13 May 2020 14:07:20 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2041

Today, we’re releasing a FLEX theme update to all sites that includes immediate front-end redesigns of some widgets and a total rebuild to the Widget Control Panel editing interface.

Let’s talk about it.

Why?

The new editing and customization interface on the Widget Control Panel is designed to be easier to work with and make it easier to find options. It’s also been built to work seamlessly within WordPress’s Customize Live screen, which wasn’t the case in the past.

The Widget Control Panel may look mostly unchanged initially (but for some renamed widgets and a reorganized widgets list), but now when you click to edit a widget, you’ll see the new full-screen editing view. The new view removes distractions and presents your editing options in a clearer, easier to navigate space.

If you’re not getting the new view right away, try doing a hard refresh of your web browser or clear your cache. That should do the trick.

What’s changing immediately?

We’ve completely redesigned a few widgets in particular that hadn’t been touched for years. If you’re currently using any SNO sports (scores, schedules, standings), Trending Stories or Staff Profile widgets, you’ll notice these major changes right away.

Our sports widgets have taken on the biggest changes of the three and now can be customized with far more options than ever before.

Perhaps the best improvement to the SNO sports, Trending Stories and Staff Profile widgets is that they now can display content tiles side by side to maximize the space in wider areas. Better yet, they’ll automatically restructure into those column grids if you move any of them into the Wide or Full Width widget areas.

What might I notice later on?

Two widgets are being retired: SNO’s Video Category Display widget and the Display Stories by Tag widget. Though these widgets won’t be completely removed from your site until May 2021, they can no longer be edited. So you may enjoy them as they are, but we’d recommend you start replacing them before they just disappear.

They can be replaced with the SNO Story List widget (formerly SNO Category Display). The Story List widget incorporates the functionality of both deprecated ones. You can choose to display stories by tag (or still by category) and can display videos in place of Featured Images.

Tell me more about the Story List widget.

The SNO Story List widget is your new go-to as the SNO Category Display widget was. All we’ve done is rename it and give it a ton of awesome additional customization options.

Those category widgets that currently make up the majority of your homepage will not change today in a way that demands your attention or concern. Only after you edit them for the first time, after today’s update, and save their settings will it start displaying any differently on your website.

Given how important this widget is, it has had the largest overhaul. You can display stories horizontally in wide and full width areas in 1-5 columns and create dual format display areas. Photo dimensions will all be maintained in a uniform style within a widget, and you can set them to be horizontal, square or vertical.

Anything else?

Several widgets (Story List, Story Grid, Story Carousel) have nearly 100 different customization options to them. Many of those options will be hidden automatically, but each has an option to Show/Hide Advanced Options, enabling you to simplify or intensify your designing experience.

The default settings for each widget have been designed to look good automatically. By that we mean you can just drag and drop a new widget anywhere, set the category, and the widget will intuitively format itself to look nice in the allotted space.

You may also notice a simplification in the SNO Embed Code widget. Now, rather than tracking down a full iFrame embed code for social media, videos and audio, all you’ll need is the URL. Paste that in there and the widget will automatically display your Twitter feed, Spotify playlist, YouTube video or whatever else to a nice fit.

What if I have questions?

We understand you’ll probably have questions after this, no matter if it’s later today or three months from now when your next editor is sitting down for a site redesign. Don’t hesitate to ask us anything. Ask away. Or, catch one of our webinars today and tomorrow when we’ll be demoing the changes from this update.

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The SNO Report: Communicating within FLOW http://www.infezp.icu/the-sno-report-communicating-within-flow/ Wed, 06 May 2020 19:44:22 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2038 For FLOW to function at its best, communication is everything. That’s why it’s so important to create individual user accounts for your students on FLOW; that way, everyone is interconnected and easy to reach in the same space, and it ideally keeps everyone engaged knowing they each have a hand in the process.

So, in what ways is FLOW built to create seamless communication?

  1. Deadline Defaults and Default Checklists help you clearly communicate certain expectations. When is the rough draft of a story due? Do photographers need to upload at least three images for each of their assignments? Setting these defaults builds them automatically into new assignments so that when a student clicks on it, the deadlines and checklists of expectations are right there, clear as a blue sky.
  2. Notes and Messaging within an assignment are ways of communicating with the students involved in each assignment. Click on the talking bubble icon in an assignment window, send a message and everyone attached to that story will get a notification. Notes don’t generate notifications, but they’re clearly displayed in a fixed box on the right side of the overlay window.
  3. Email Notifications can be turned on and off for each user in their account settings. You can do whatever you want, but it’s better when they’re turned on — it’s one more way to set up automatic notifications when someone’s attention is needed on an assignment.
  4. The FLOW App is a free companion product to your desktop experience and another way of extending your reach further. As long as your students have downloaded the app, logged in and turned app notifications on, their phone will buzz or ping, or both, when their attention is needed on an assignment or when someone sends them a message.
  5. On the desktop, anyone who’s currently logged in should pay attention to their notifications in the top right corner of the dashboard. The mail icon will show them when they have a message. The bell icon will show them when they’ve been assigned something or had an assignment submitted to them.
  6. The Message Board feature is relatively new. It can be found by the mail icon that’s in the blue toolbar on the left side of the desktop dashboard, and it looks a lot like Slack. There, users can create Direct Messages with other users and Channels for larger group communication, like a channel for your editors. Advisers, or admins of the account, can see everything that’s going on in the channels and DMs on the message board.

That’s a lot of ways to communicate, we know. But, especially in these times, having one place where everyone’s able to stay connected is so important.

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The times they are a-changin’: this week on Fresh Powder http://www.infezp.icu/the-times-they-are-a-changin-this-week-on-fresh-powder/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 19:41:21 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2030 The times they are a-changin’.

 

Let’s talk about sports, the virtual kind. Video game simulations are as close as sports fans and professional athletes can get to the real thing right now, and all indications are that everybody is loving it. I mean, everybody. Football beat writers are picking up the latest version of MLB The Show at Target and realizing that baseball is kinda, sorta, awesome. Anthony Fenech, the Tigers beat writer for the Detroit Free Press, is hosting daily live streams of Tigers games on MLB The Show (CPU vs. CPU, but from their exact 2020 schedule). Fans tuning in ask him questions, comment on the simulation itself, or quietly enjoy the virtual sunny day. (As of Wednesday, the Tigers were 11-18 on the season.) The MLB is doing this, too: Here’s virtual Twins-Cardinals from April 23, a matchup on that date that wouldn’t have matched real life (way to shatter the illusion). MLB Network has even started showing live online games between pros with a play-by-play person calling it. (It follows a trend — ESPN did it with the NBA — but it’s not good. I’ll spare you a link.)

. . . The BBC is airing at least three digital recreations of sporting events: Formula One racing, Premier League soccer, and the fourth and fifth stages of a cycling race across the Schallenberg mountain in which “the cyclists are riding their real bikes on turbo trainers, which mimic the resistance of a hill climb.” The Guardian: “The crossover with real sports is crucial for engaging audiences, says Gallop. With FIFA, for instance, ‘you’re seeing household names, in their own homes. You’re seeing their real competitive instincts – they’re dedicated to winning – and you’re seeing that tribal element of football. I found myself strangely invested in watching Moussa Sissoko’s performance in the ePremier League, because I’m a (Tottenham) Spurs fan. I was absolutely gutted when he was out of the running.’”

. . . Even tennis is in on it. The ATP and WTA setup a virtual Madrid Open for a collection of the best players in the world, “where they will swap their rackets for games consoles.” (Honest question: How many game consoles did they have to ship?) After round robin play, the tournament was into the semifinals Thursday. Here’s where you can watch the live feed, and here’s journalism taking it seriously.

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What to Watch Tonight: ‘Parks And Recreation’ Returns To NBC As Cast Reunites For Benefit Special Amid Pandemic. (Deadline) “The story comes from the events of the day – Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.”

. . . Price Watch: The May Queen Dress from “Midsommar.” A24 is raising money for charity by auctioning off props, costumes and set pieces from their films. Dani’s dress is up to $30,000 after four bids. (The high bidder might be Ariana Grande.)

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When’s the last time you thought about Marie Kondo? Early 2019? In the last year, Kondo released a new book about tidying your workplace, sold a majority stake in her company and, finally, agreed to do another Netflix show. A profile in Fast Company: “As she goes after the corporate world, Kondo appears to be wrestling with the question of what kind of work makes her happy. For several years, it seemed like she was following the playbook of other celebrity entrepreneurs. But now she has clearly decided to throw that strategy out the window. Apparently, it no longer sparked joy. Perhaps it never did.”

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The L.A.-centric new season of “Top Chef” premiered four days after the city instituted social distancing measures. Watching the show now stirs up a complicated mix of emotions, writes The Ringer’s Alison Herman: “Top Chef has always managed to make the unattainable seem accessible, with editing and performances that make you feel like you have a seat at the judges’ table. But through no fault of its own, it can’t pull off the same magic trick for an entire set of rituals. A supply run to the Santa Monica Farmers Market happened to coincide with the week during which many markets in Los Angeles, including my local one, were closed out of concern for social distancing. … The very knowledge that makes Top Chef such a convincing representation of eating in America also makes it a painful reminder of what’s on hold, and what’s at risk.”

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“On Easter Sunday, while on her afternoon stroll, the Irish novelist Denise Deegan realized she still had not yet called her mother. ‘Hello,’ she said cheerily into her phone. ‘Hello, a man on the street replied. Looking at the man’s face, she realized the voice belonged to the actor Matt Damon.” (Come on, Matt…) The New York Times: Where in the world is Matt Damon?

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The SNO Report: Customize your Source App homepage http://www.infezp.icu/the-sno-report-customize-your-source-app-homepage/ Wed, 29 Apr 2020 19:43:02 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2033 The GIF on the right demonstrates our latest update to The Source app, an effort to give you more options to personalize the way your publication looks when your subscribers open it up.

First, let’s remember how it used to work.

When a subscriber opened your publication on the app, the “Home” screen they found was a story feed from the first category in your Mobile App Menu. For many, it was News — commonly the first category in those menus. Others took control over the automation in the only way they could — moving a category to the top of the menu when its stories were what they wanted people to see first. LHS Today (pictured) had done this with COVID-19 coverage. Smart.

Our latest update improves your control over which categories (note: categories, plural) show up on the home screen, making it all much more seamless.

  • By default, your home screen will now show the five most recent stories from each of the first three categories in your Mobile App Menu.
  • Or, you take control. In “Source App Options” on your site’s dashboard, scroll down to “Home Page Options” and select any three categories to display on the homepage and the order they should be in. (Important: The options listed are based on the categories in your Mobile App Menu. So, got a new category? Remember to add it to your Mobile App Menu.)

You also have the option of setting a List Style for the home screen, which can be different or the same as your Recent and category feeds on the app.

You can see all of this demonstrated in the GIF at the top of this email.

  • Entertainment, Opinion and Sports categories are displayed on the home screen in the “Small Thumbnail” list style.
  • When navigating to the News category (or any others), the list style changes to the “Alternating Small & Large” thumbnail view.

If you prefer the old way, turn on the Legacy Home Screen. Our developers are always looking for ways to help you further personalize your corner of the app. We hope this helps make it possible.

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Hendrix played this guitar: this week on Fresh Powder http://www.infezp.icu/hendrix-played-this-guitar-this-week-on-fresh-powder/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:08:29 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2022 Hendrix played this guitar.

 

If you’re going to be watching the NFL Draft tonight, you may recall that, at one time, it was expected to look like something vastly different than it ever had been before, but not in the way it’s turning out. Now, it will be a completely virtual experience. That it’s carrying on in spite of everything, though, is significant. The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis: How the NFL Draft Turned Into the Quarantine Super Bowl. “The defiant normalcy of the draft during a worldwide pandemic is weird. Maybe more than weird. Here’s one way to think about it: After the coronavirus inflicted economic hell on writers from Sports Illustrated and SB Nation, this year’s draft will function as a sports media stimulus package. You don’t need to think the NFL is a cuddly corporate force, or think most draft coverage is terribly important. But if a debate about Tua Tagovailoa’s hip keeps a few people employed, it’s probably worth having.”

. . . Will the format change be the cause of hilarious technical difficulties? This will be the reported setup for Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace tonight.

 

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“Now that her students are stuck at home, they seem hungry for connection. But such moments are scarce in online school. Saying ‘hello’ in the comments on Google Classroom isn’t the same as finding a minute to talk with the quiet kid who shows up early after lunch. Carried on at a distance, the relationships all seem so fragile.” Samantha Elkaim is a high school English teacher in lower Manhattan. She knows she can’t replicate a classroom. She just wants her students to keep talking. (New York Magazine)

 

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“How do you sum up something that’s so huge?” asks Alexei Hay. “One of the only answers is the emptiness, the thing that speaks to whatever everybody’s going through. The absence is more telling than taking a picture of anybody.” New York: Portrait of an empty city. “These are middle-of-the-night photos shot in broad daylight, snow-day pictures without the snow.”

. . . The photographer at my wedding, Jay Grabiec, is a senior airman embedded with the Illinois Air National Guard in Chicago, documenting FEMA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. His recent work: Images from the floor of an Alternate Care Facility in the making.

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Meet Room Rater, a Twitter account launched this month that rates the rooms in the background of Skype, Zoom and other video calls.

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Congratulations to SNO’s Pacemaker and Gold Crown winners! http://www.infezp.icu/congratulations-to-snos-pacemaker-and-gold-crown-winners/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:10:47 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2025 In the last week, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced their annual award winners. We are pleased to congratulate the 14 Online Pacemakers and 26 Gold Crown winners that are part of the SNO community.

The winning sites are listed alphabetically below, including their award(s) received in parenthesis:

  • Coppell Student Media, Coppell High School, Coppell, Texas (NSPA, CSPA)
  • Echo, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park, Minn. (NSPA)
  • Fenton InPrint, Fenton High School, Fenton, Mich. (CSPA)
  • FHN Today, Francis Howell North High School, Saint Charles, Mo. (CSPA)
  • Granite Bay Today, Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, Calif. (CSPA)
  • Harker Aquila, The Harker School, San Jose, Calif. (CSPA)
  • HHS Media, Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, Va. (CSPA)
  • HiLite, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind. (NSPA)
  • Knight Errant, Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School, St. Louis Park, Minn. (NSPA)
  • Manual RedEye, duPont Manual High School, Louisville, Ky. (CSPA)
  • Mill Valley News, Mill Valley High School, Shawnee, Kansas. (NSPA)
  • Pathfinder, Parkway West High School, Ballwin, Mo. (CSPA)
  • Rubicon Online, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn. (NSPA, CSPA)
  • Scot Scoop, Carlmont High School, Belmont, Calif. (NSPA)
  • Southwest Shadow, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada. (NSPA, CSPA)
  • The Black & White, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, Md. (CSPA)
  • The Broadview, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco, Calif. (CSPA)
  • The Communicator, Community High School, Ann Arbor, Mich. (CSPA)
  • The Featherduster, Westlake High School, Westlake, Texas. (CSPA)
  • The Foothill Dragon Press, Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, Calif. (CSPA)
  • The Hawkeye, Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace, Wash. (NSPA)
  • The Highlander, McLean High School, McLean, Va. (CSPA)
  • The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo. (NSPA)
  • The Muse, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla. (CSPA)
  • The Review, St. John’s School, Houston, Texas. (CSPA)
  • The Rider Online, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas. (CSPA)
  • The Shakerite, Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio. (CSPA)
  • The Shield, McCallum High School, Austin, Texas. (NSPA)
  • The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School, Atlanta, Ga. (CSPA)
  • The Standard, The American School in London, London, U.K. (CSPA)
  • The Tam News, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, Calif. (CSPA)
  • Tiger Times, Texas High School, Texarkana, Texas. (CSPA)
  • tjToday, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va. (CSPA)
  • U-High Midway, University of Chicago Laboratory High School, Chicago, Ill. (NSPA)
  • Wayland Student Press Network, Wayland High School, Wayland, Mass. (NSPA)
  • Wingspan, Liberty High School, Frisco, Texas. (NSPA, CSPA)

Congratulations to the advisers and staffs of these terrific programs.

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Zoom, zoom, zoom: this week on Fresh Powder http://www.infezp.icu/zoom-zoom-zoom-this-week-on-fresh-powder/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 13:08:50 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2018 Zoom, zoom, zoom.

 

There’s a pandemic, but you know that. The New York Times is offering high school students and teachers unlimited digital access to its news through July 6, so you definitely don’t need us spamming you a bunch of virus links (literally). Instead, we have just one: On Best of SNO, we’re publishing excellent, essential coronavirus coverage that’s being done by student journalists all over the world. By now, we honestly hope you’ve found a few local and national sources that you’re comfortable with providing your daily virus updates. We don’t think it’s necessarily our place, in these times, to pop into your inbox once a week and make suggestions about the hard news you should or should not be reading to stay fully informed. So while we will continue delivering Fresh Powder weekly, we will not be including any direct, informational coronavirus news. Instead, our goal will be to deliver other content — content you may not have the time to find. Some of it may be loosely tied to the pandemic, as so much of what we talk about and write about these days is, but mainly we hope the articles referenced in this email, about journalism, pop culture or something out of left field, will allow you to think about something different for at least as long as it takes you to read one of them. Be well, be safe, be kind, and try to stay busy.

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“Living rooms that were once a sanctuary from people-filled offices, gyms, bars, and coffee shops became all those things at once. Calendars that had been cleared by social distancing suddenly refilled as friends, family, and acquaintances made plans to sip ‘quarantinis’ at Zoom happy hours, hold Netflix viewing parties, or just catch up over Google hangouts.” MIT Technology Review (or, an entry from my diary): Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert’s paradise. It’s not. “People are coping with the coronavirus pandemic by upending their lives and attempting to virtually re-create what they lost. The new version, however, only vaguely resembles what we left behind. Everything is flattened and pressed to fit into the confines of chats and video-conference apps like Zoom, which was never designed to host our work and social lives all at once. The result, for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between, is the bizarre feeling of being socially overwhelmed despite the fact that we’re staying as far away from each other as we can.”

. . . There are Multitaskers, Screamers and Pet People, the Formally Dressed and Technologically Dependent, the people trying to have side conversations and those obsessed with changing their background. There’s always one Tyrant Tony Reali. These Are the Eight People We Become on Zoom (The Ringer). “Have you ever watched ‘Around the Horn’? Great! Now you’re living it!”

. . . The best satire is rooted in reality. The Onion: “Zoom CEO Reclines Back In Chair In Front Of Massive Wall Of Screens Displaying 10 Million Live Video Feeds”

. . . What to listen to while reading about Zoom: “Supernova Girl” by Proto Zoa. (Come to think of it, Zenon Carr should have prepared us for this.)

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Taking the train halfway across the country wasn’t an outdated luxury to writer Lauren Markham. The train was a place she could find solitude, a retreat where she could sink all of her focus into writing. It was her method, and now it’s out of reach. In an essay for Freeman’s, Markham recounted “The Last Train Trip Before Everything Changed”: “I always like being anonymous and alone within a crowd. When I needed to stretch my legs I’d go to the observation car where I could overhear people chatting about the view outside or their lives at home or what they might have for dinner in the dining car. I heard no mention of the virus decimating Wuhan at that very moment. I didn’t even think of it.”

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Is your aptitude for discovering new music as absent as your willingness to learn how? Pitchfork says it’s science: “Listening to new music is hard. … It feels like lifting a couch.” You might even think it’s breaking your brain. Why Do We Even Listen to New Music? (If there’s one reason to read this article, it’s for the part when an angry mob starts chucking heads of cabbage.)

. . . To that test, the most recent music added to my “Liked Songs” Spotify playlist: “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind. (1997)

. . . While we’re on music, name that movie: “You’ve destroyed music! Thanks to the Queen of Pop, we’ve all lost our music! History repeats itself: Pop has ruined everything!” Wrong. It’s “Trolls World Tour.”

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The SNO Report: Have the Source app? Tell your readers. http://www.infezp.icu/the-sno-report-have-the-source-app-tell-your-readers/ Wed, 15 Apr 2020 18:25:15 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2013 You serve a vital role in keeping your school community informed. When you can’t do it in person, your website and social media pages become more important than ever. Beyond that, we have two mobile apps, the Student News Source for scholastic programs and the College News Source for college publications, to help you reach your readers where they are: on their phones.

Whether you’re already set up on the app or want to take advantage of our free extended trial, the next step once you’re on it is, of course, letting your readers know.

You need to train your readers to find you (and, from then on, their news) on the app. For them, it’s as easy as install, search, subscribe. But who’s going to download an app if they don’t know about it? Below, we’ve come up with a few ways for you to tell your readers you’re there.

  • Campaign like crazy. Make a list of all the places, besides your website, where your readers are connected to you. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email? Everything that makes your list gets a post about the app, and not just one post. Hit the trail hard.
  • Talk about it. Tell the people you’re with in quarantine about the app. Then, spread the word virtually. Text your friends about it. Talk about it on your next Zoom call.
  • Advertise. Use numerous visual cues to get your readers’ attention. Put an ad about the app on your website homepage and story pages. Put it on category pages, if you can. Use it as an image for a self-promotional post on social media. Use the ad at the top of this email or pick from the file folder sent to you when you sign up.
  • Write a story about it. It’s OK to write a story about a change in your publication, like the fact that you’re on a mobile app. Write a story that tells your readers what to download and how to find you, and reminds them to subscribe.
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The SNO Report: SNO Distinguished Sites submission deadline changed http://www.infezp.icu/the-sno-report-sno-distinguished-sites-submission-deadline-changed/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:12:45 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2010 We’ll be honest. When we sent out our last Distinguished Sites email update back in February, the possibility of being thrust into the midst of a global pandemic wasn’t really on our radar. Suffice to say, we recognize that your publication program has probably been undergoing some pretty big structural changes lately, so we’re making some changes on our end to help accommodate that.

First, due to the impact that the Coronavirus is having on schools across the globe, we have decided to extend the SNO Distinguished Sites program through the end of May. Therefore, the new deadline for all badge submissions is May 31.

We also realize that many schools are closed, and subsequently, that your students may not have access to equipment that they typically would — something that is particularly challenging when it comes to earning the Multimedia Badge.

That being said, while none of the actual badge requirements are changing, it is fine to use video and audio interviews that are recorded over Skype or any other online platform in the content that you submit to us. Although the shots won’t be as pretty, and the audio won’t be as clear, our reviewers are keeping these circumstances in mind.

Despite these challenging times that we’re all currently facing, we want to continue to encourage your students to reach for that Distinguished Site status. So far, 37 schools have earned this distinction, many within the past few weeks. It can be done.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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Could you describe the ruckus, sir: this week on Fresh Powder http://www.infezp.icu/could-you-describe-the-ruckus-sir-this-week-on-fresh-powder/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 19:37:37 +0000 http://www.infezp.icu/?p=2001 The lede

It feels almost impossible anymore to imagine a world in which we don’t have podcasts to listen to. I’m listening to one right now; that is, both as I write this and later as you read this. But it wasn’t all that long ago when options were limited and Pandora with commercials was your best option for background noise. In the last decade, the podcasting industry has blossomed from a series of booms. For example, the true crime genre was born out of the Serial boom, and the daily news genre (The Daily launched in 2017), like political podcasts, can be tied to the 2016 election. Now the question is what comes next. Vulture: “The 2016 presidential elections kicked into high gear about a year after Serial’s myth-making debut season, and the news moment offered a wide spectrum of media companies an opportunity to try and catch the emergent podcast wave. The producer Jody Avirgan, then with the stats-driven FiveThirtyEight, had described the situation pretty succinctly at the time: ‘There’s this perfect storm of people who think that podcasting is an easy money thing, and there’s big news cycle event coming, and so they just put the two things together. I’m sure if this was Brazil and the World Cup was coming up, you’d see a lot of World Cup podcasts.’ Such were the conditions that led to the flourishing of the election podcast subgenre. But while the 2016 presidential election cycle was consequential to podcasting, the impact going the other way around is less clear. Has podcasting become big enough to shape election politics?”

. . . Crooked Media, a political podcast juggernaut, is planning to expand its empire with shows on sports, race and religion. (The Hollywood Reporter)

. . . Is The New York Times about to buy Serial? (The Wall Street Journal)

Seconded

Ben Smith, the BuzzFeed News editor now writing for NYT: “The Times so dominates the news business that it has absorbed many of the people who once threatened it: The former top editors of Gawker, Recode, and Quartz are all at The Times, as are many of the reporters who first made Politico a must-read in Washington. I spent my whole career competing against The Times, so coming to work here feels a bit like giving in. And I worry that the success of The Times is crowding out the competition.” (Big numbers: NYT has more digital subscribers than The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and 250 local Gannett papers combined and employs 1,700 journalists of a national industry total between 20,000 and 38,000.)

#MillennialProblems

It’s election season. Have you been catfished? “Andrew Walz calls himself a ‘proven business leader’ and a ‘passionate advocate for students.’ Walz, a Republican from Rhode Island, is running for Congress with the tagline, ‘Let’s make change in Washington together,’ or so his Twitter account claimed. But there’s just one problem: Walz does not exist.” A high school student created a fake 2020 candidate. Twitter verified it. (Tough look for Twitter; tougher look for Michael Bloomberg’s spending strategy.)

Sports!

“It is nostalgic to think about it, until you start playing.” BBC: How to win Monopoly in the shortest possible time. (I don’t know, the longer games sound more fun.)

This also happened last week: Jill Biden sent those stage-rushing vegans packing.

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