Fake News

If you know me, you know I know something about news. You know I was editor in chief of the English news department of an independent Turkish news agency for three years. I also have shared what I believe as pivotal world news stories. Given I was situated between Greece, the Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Cyprus for a decade and a half, maybe, just maybe, I have enough street ‘cred’ to choose a story.

However, my knowledge didn’t all come from within. It came from many people that I worked with. The people who I call journalists, correspondents, and reporters. These people all know their jobs. Some of them, never came home after an assignment. Some were in the field for months and even years. Some I trusted, others, trusted me. (I may explain this comment one day.) You see the trust of support and news-gathering is symbiotic. The most difficult part of working in news is seeing a story die before it is ever shared to the public. I saw thousands of news stories being produced around the world via my computer. The software that combined 10 different news sources that streamed all their news. Including the news I sent out to the world.

That news, which was prepared for broadcasting clients, typically panned out to four or five stories on the evening bulletins. Not really indicative of all that ENG work we thousands of people around the globe spent all day working on. News outlets rule the roost. Period.

This is a screen grab from Instagram that I took this morning of a former colleague of mine. This is the reality of how a story happens. My friend, on the left, is out there doing his job. Yes. His job. Be thankful you have people like this out there keeping you informed. Just like this blog post, you need to be reminded of where your news comes from.

I hope to see some comments here. Not just ‘likes’ on Facebook. Your ‘duty’ to be an informed news consumer is to make an attempt to filter fake news. The news reading public should actually visit the site where the story originated from. I see so many people share stories from third parties. If your going to share a story, share the link to the site, not some paid advertising Facebook page.

Like this blog post I have spent over thirty minutes preparing, writing, editing, and posting. I really would like to see some comments below. It lets me know you’re awake.

Good morning!

Martin @ the crossroads

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Debut Show is Ready

Since July, I have been working on my new show. There was the pilot, that was actually more the audition for the show. Once I was accepted by ShawTV to produce the show, we went into pre-production mode. Well, sort of. In the talk based world of TV, sometimes real world events put a camera and microphone in your face when least expected. Not a problem for me but it’s never a dull day in my life.

From street interviews, guest interviews, location selection, all take time and, of course, expense. Looking for sponsorship, gaining access to unusual places, and arranging volunteers to help out are all a lot of fun and craziness. Of course, there’s a little creativity happening as well. With all the work done so far, we now have the debut ready for air next week, and as well, we have two more instalments ready for air as well.

The show will be in a half-hour format and will repeat at different hours through the week. Once the show has been broadcast, it will then be made available on the ShawTV North Island YouTube channel.

A new episode will be aired every two weeks and will have a new guest along interviews from ‘everyday’ people who live in the region. So if you see the ShawTV/ Martin @ the Crossroads sign up at events, malls and parks, come by and say a few words on camera!

Stay tuned!

Martin

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Sunrise

Sunrise is an event that tells us another day is upon us. From darkness lines and shapes form up until reality returns.

This morning something came before the sun to wake me. Rain.

The recent forest fires here in western Canada have taken their toll not only on thousands of hectares of forest, but also have spread a brown pall over the sky. The rain is extremely necessary to clean the air.

Maybe, just maybe, my eyes will stop burning soon… until then, this sliver of the sun peeking out between the strata of clouds is what I will share with you this fine Saturday morning.

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360 degree programs coming soon

Want to see the whole show from one camera? Here’s a quick look at the future of my work. We’re working on productions using 360 degree video technology. Pretty soon you’ll be right here in the studio, or on location with us.

Here is a test video of the 360 degree camera in action. If you’re using a tablet or smartphone. Turn the device, to look around, or use your thumb or mouse to scroll the video. Just so you know, Safari browsers are still in the jungle to play these videos. In other words, it cannot play 360degree video…

Don’t forget to comment here on our site. We love to hear from you!

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S01 E01 Martin at the Crossroads – YouTube

Here it is, the YouTube version of S01 E01 of Martin at the Crossroads!

The show is somewhat basic in production. In any case, the content is most important. Chelsea was a wonderful guest. Her story warmed my heart from the first time I heard it. I hope to spend more time at the tribal centre in future. The ‘Big House’ is a special place for me now. I’m happy that it is just minutes away from where I live.

For the production stsrting in September I hope to have a new intro and some graphics included in  the show.

Enjoy!

Martin

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Whew! It aired!

I held my breath a couple times but I did survive watching my new show. Chelsea was such a wonderful guest. What an amazing story she shared and I actually learned a lot about indigenous culture.

Chelsea’s story led us from her life in a small village, her people’s connection with the land, and her amazing trip to Uganda where she discovered positive self awareness along with an awarness of culture in a far away land…

For those of you who don’t have ShawTV, the show will be posted on YouTube later today.

Martin, at the Crossroads

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Premiere

It feels like an eternity, however, tomorrow the new show hits your TV screens!

ShawTV Channel 4 has their new schedule out and you can find it at this link.

Please check my event calendar as well for dates and times.

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Support and Sponsorship

Hi!

Just taking a quick break from my filming schedule to send out this post.

As you know, the world is changing as to how we obtain information and as is the quality of that information. Of course, we also know that publicity is just important as having the funds to produce a TV program or podcast. So I decided to to write this post…

I would like to mention the support needed to ensure the new shows can be both high in production quality and with interesting guests. I already have to drive to another city to tape the shows. I also spend countless hours arranging and planning. Since I am the producer, I’m responsible. So you can see there is a need for this post asking for support and sponsorship.

ShawTV is doing a great job to accommodate me in producing this show. The team there is amazing, fun, and highly professional. Martin @ the Crossroads  will air weekly in the fall and this means that I have the next few weeks to get everything in place.  Since I don’t  have Daddy Warbucks as a dad, I need to ask you for your support. There are three ways you can help.


Private Donations

I have set up a donation link for those of you who wish to support the “Martin @ the Crossroads” TV program as well as the upcoming Podcast series “Just a Chair“.  If you can make a donation, I will ensure that your name will be mentioned here on the website, and in the “Thanks to:” credits at the end of the shows. If you would like to volunteer, and learn what it takes to produce a weekly TV show or podcast, please contact me directly.


Corporate Sponsorship

I have decided to add four sponsors to the show. These sponsors will have a mention on this website, on the show, and in the credits. The full sponsor agreement is available by sending a message via the contact me page. A corporate sponsor can also welcome to make a donation to the show by using the donation link below. We will place your company name in the “Thanks to:” credits.


Support

We of course would appreciate support in any form. If you have a venue we can film from, can supply gifts, discounts, food, for the volunteers that make the show happen all is welcome. As well, I am always looking for guests! If you know of someone local or coming to town that I should consider please think of me. Please use the contact me page to let me know.

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