Category Archives: News of the day

Cyber Monday by the numbers

According to the polling agency Gallup:

  • 131 million Americans will shop online today
  • 55 percent of Americans plan to do some of their shopping online this year (that’s a first since the number was tracked starting 20 years ago)
  • ~20 percent will shop on their mobile device



“She looks like a winner”

Today I went out to shoot some advance video for tomorrow’s large unveiling of a new statue of Pat Summitt on UT’s campus.

The man who created the nearly 9-foot tall statue, David Adickes, was in town today to talk about the process behind his work.

He couldn’t reveal many details, but he did say “she looks like a winner.”

The statue will be unveiled to the public tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Americans who don’t use Internet are increasingly cut off from rest of world

In today’s Washington Post:

About 15 percent of Americans older than 18 don’t use the Internet, according to a study released in September by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. An additional 9 percent use it only outside the home.

“There is a group of Americans being left behind as technology advances without them,” Lawrence E. Strickling, head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, told an audience at the Brookings Institution recently. “Americans who don’t have access to the Internet are increasingly cut off from job opportunities, educational resources, health-care information, social networks, even government services.”

Read the entire article:  Gap between those who use Internet and those who don’t is widening


Favorite photo of the week

Steve Boyce, owner of Rush's Music plays the euphonium in celebration of the opening of Henley Bridge on Thursday, October 17, 2013. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Steve Boyce, owner of Rush’s Music plays the euphonium in celebration of the opening of Henley Bridge on Thursday, October 17, 2013. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Because every bridge opening needs an euphonium player.

The euphonium[1] is a conical-bore, baritone-voiced brass instrument.  The euphonium derives its name from the Greek word euphonos,[1] meaning “well-sounding” or “sweet-voiced” (eu means “well” or “good” and phonos means “of sound”, so “of good sound”). The euphonium is a valved instrument; nearly all current models are piston valved, though rotary valved models do exist.  A person who plays the euphonium is sometimes called a euphoniumist, euphophonist, or a euphonist, while British players often colloquially refer to themselves as euphists, or euphologists. Similarly, the instrument itself is often referred to as eupho or euph.



Did you catch today’s front page?

Did you happen to take a look at today’s front page?  If so you would have seen this as the lead story.


Above is an example of the print product dependent on the digital product.  Those images were taken from a screen grab of a video obtained by the News Sentinel.  We posted an edited for length version of the video here.

The sequence of stills is a great way to show motion in a static medium.

Internet and print, the #2 and #3 sources for news

According to a new poll just released by Gallup, when it comes to where Americans get their news the Internet and newspapers are the country’s number two and three top choices.  Television, however, remains the dominant medium for news consumption in the US.

In this day and age where the line has blurred between newspapers’ digital and print operations the takeaway here is that we have more than a third of America’s attention.

Interestingly, with much emphasis placed on social media it appears only 2 percent of those polled cite sites such as Facebook or Twitter as news sources

The vast majority of those citing the Internet — 18% of all Americans — either mention the Internet generally or say they get their news “online.” Two percent identify Facebook, Twitter, or social media as their source, while 1% mention a specific online news site.

Digging into the data you’ll find that newspapers are in a unique position.  On one hand we have an older audience nearly exclusively reading our print product — but on the other hand we have a much younger audience nearly exclusively reading our digital product.

Younger Americans seek out Internet news more than other age groups, and highly educated Americans tend more than other groups to get their news the old-fashioned way, reading a newspaper or magazine.

Here at the News Sentinel the reporting is the same on both platforms, just the delivery mechanism is different and the same can be said at other papers across the country.  So, in other words, it’s not newspapers’ reporting that’s turning people off of the print product, it’s the delivery method.

The study does conclude:

Americans have an abundance of sources at their disposal for acquiring news, and accordingly, Gallup received various answers when asking respondents what they consider to be their main source. Still, the television medium leads all others, and by a wide margin over the Internet, while print and radio lag well behind. This does not mean Americans get no news from print, radio, or to a lesser degree the Internet; just that relatively few see these as their main source.

You can read the entire summary of the poll here:

The truth behind Knoxville being the most patriotic city

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A lot of people were scratching their heads over a USA Today article that came out this week listing Knoxville as the most patriotic city in the US.

I have a different takeaway from the article, for me it means Knoxville is the top place in the US for people to check-in to parks on Foursquare.  From the article:

[Foursquare]  found that residents of these cities were most likely to check in at parks, parades and fireworks celebrations.

Yes, Knoxville is a patriotic city with Old Glory flying up and down Gay Street and the massive American flag on display over Market Square and World’s Fair Park.  But the takeaway here is that this is a slightly arbitrary list compiled by a social media company trying to create buzz for its product.  In other words, this list was meant to create buzz and it achieved just that.