Sunday, March 27, 2011

In the "Oops, I forgot to post" department, or anatomy of covering world cross...

I'd meant to post this last Sunday night after the race, but completely forgot.

Anyway, here is the video of the press conference at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships of the three medalists from the women's 8k race--Vivian Cheruiyot, Linet Masai, and Shalane Flanagan (left/photo by Paul Merca).

This was shot using the new Apple iPad2 that I invested in specifically for the trip.

From a journalist's standpoint, having the video feature on the iPad2 is potentially a game changer in the way bloggers like myself cover events. In the months to come, I hope to cover more events using the new device.

At the world cross country championships, I used the iPad2 in conjunction with the Apple wireless keypad to write most of my posts, and tweets on Twitter (I also upgraded my wireless plan to include international data usage in order to tweet, particularly from the finish line).  Action images were shot using a Nikon D70S camera.

I did have my MacBook with me to process photos, and to do some of the heavy work; however, the laptop stayed in my room at the hotel during the meet.  With the course within walking distance (about a 15 minute walk) of the hotel, I walked with the iPad, keyboard, and cameras in my backpack. Some of the YouTube videos that I shot in Punta Umbria were done with a Flip Mino video camera.

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