US Mass Media Is Dying

In the following video Marina Portnaya with Russia Today interviews Michael Wolff. Wolff is the creator of Newser.com, in the interview Wolff explains how the US mass media is transforming and how that change will create opportunities for alternative news outlets.

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Back to Boom Times?

Yesterday the St. Petersburg Times published a front page story with the headline “Back to Boom Times?”. To say the title is misleading would be an understatement. The current economic depression has been the furthest thing from boom times for our economy and for the St. Pete Times…

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Nationalist Coalition Southeast Region Meeting

by John Ubele

Our Florida Chapter is looking into the feasibility of holding a meeting for our members throughout the Southeast. We have a considerable number of members and supporters in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas and we would like to meet you in person and give you some ideas on how to become more politically active. At the meeting we’ll give a review of past activism in our region, and we’ll tell you about our media projects and our recent successes using Youtube and other video hosting sites to get our message out to the public.

Other topics we’ll discuss will be my last campaign for Florida representative and how we can use political campaigns to generate publicity for our organization. I’ll also be speaking about ways to get involved with your local political committees. The meeting will be conducted by Todd Weingart, our Florida Chapter coordinator and myself. The meeting will be open to non-members as well as members.

Right now we’re in the planning stages of this event, so we need those of you who can commit to attending to contact us at info@ncoal.com. If we can get a substantial number of commitments and advance ticket sales then we’ll set up a date during the second half of the year at a conference room located in the greater Tallahassee area.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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John Ziegler vs Contessa Brewer

As you’ll see from the following video journalists absolutely hate being on the defensive. Contessa Brewer is like all journalists in the regard that they can dish it out but they can’t take it. Please pass this video on to your contacts so they can watch and see what a total joke news reporting in America has become.  -Ed.

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Over 30 Daily Newspapers for Sale Across US

Across the United States, more than 30 daily newspapers are for sale, and buyers are scarce.

From Los Angeles to New York, leading newspapers have slashed newsrooms with buyout offers, and when those failed to reach budget-cutting goals, with layoffs.

The newspaper industry has been caught in a tailspin for three years, a trend variously blamed on plummeting ad revenues, declining readership, growing competition from the Internet and a deepening national recession.

On Thursday, Colorado’s oldest newspaper joined the growing list of dailies on the market. E.W. Scripps Co., owner of the 149-year-old Rocky Mountain News, offered to sell it after reporting an $11 million loss through the first nine months of this year.

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What Toastmasters Can Do For You

by John Ubele, CC

Sometimes we find ourselves in a position where we need to give a speech. Since most of us are not experienced speakers we find the prospect of having to speak before a group frightening. How does one go about becoming a better speaker? There have been many books written on public speaking and there are college classes available but neither of these will help you with developing your speaking skills as much as Toastmasters can.

Toastmasters International has been around for more than 80 years and has over 200,000 members in 11,700+ clubs in 92 countries around the world. The organization’s primary purpose is to help people become better communicators. They do this through a variety of activities by showing members how to improve their speaking abilities. More importantly they teach people how to get over their stage fright.

Local Toastmasters clubs hold meetings several times a month. The meetings provide members a forum to practice public speaking. At the meetings you’ll find fellow Toastmasters who will guide you through a process to help you improve your speaking skills.

There are four main activities at each Toastmasters meeting. They are Table Topics, Speeches, Evaluations and Awards.

Table Topics: A Table Topics Master creates questions and fires them randomly at members. The members respond to the questions by giving one to two minute long impromptu speeches. This activity forces the members to think on their feet and to respond to questions quickly.

Speeches: Typically there are at least two speeches given at each meeting. Most speeches run from five to seven minutes long. Usually the speeches are projects taken from the Toastmaster manuals. Each speech project from the manual centers on different aspects of giving speeches. For example projects may focus on vocal projection, body language, speech organization, or other elements of speech giving.

Evaluations: Each speech is evaluated by an Evaluator. The Evaluator’s job is to pay very close attention to the speaker and to give positive and negative feedback about the speaker’s speech. This is one of the most helpful activities for speakers because the evaluation helps the speaker focus on improving the things that need to be worked on.

Awards: At the end of the meeting awards are given out to the best table topics speaker, the best speaker and the best evaluator.

The meetings provide an excellent opportunity to develop your speaking abilities. I’ve attended many of them and I can say that not only did I enjoy them but I always learned something new at each meeting which helped me refine my speaking skills.

My membership with the organization began at the end of 2007 and since that time I have delivered over 10 speeches in my local club, along with participating a few dozen times in Table Topics and I have also given several speech evaluations. I highly recommend Toastmasters to anyone who wants to become a better communicator. The fees to join are very reasonable because they breakdown to less than $100 a year and I can promise you that you will get more than your money’s worth if you regularly attend meetings and participate in club activities.

Like every other activity in life you get out of it what you put into it. So the key is to attend as many Toastmaster meetings as possible to get through as many speeches as you can so that you’ll be able to advance through the communication levels. Toastmasters can do a lot for you, but you have to take the first step by attending a local club meeting.

For more information please visit www.toastmasters.org.


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Seeking News Contributors

One of the hardest things with operating a blog is finding interesting content to post on it.

I’m currently looking for additional news contributors so if you’re interested in becoming one please e-mail me directly at john@voteubele.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
John Ubele