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Elsewhere the matter has been brought up about wanting original reporting in the podcast. That is a fair assertion. The trial season so far has not had any. That is not for a lack of trying, though.
Since it would have been just a brief drive across town to go CES2008 was considered. There would not have been hotel costs or the like. A 15-20 minute (depending upon traffic) drive from Henderson to The Strip would have been simply followed up by finding a parking spot then heading on in.
I contacted the Consumer Electronics Association on December 14th to see about getting credentials. On the 15th I got a shoot-down e-mail back. Nobody from LISNews.org could secure media credentials to attend as LISNews.org was not considered to be a "news media outlet". Although I found out later about blogger credentials being available the only way to have gotten in would have been by paying for an attendee pass. Even that was a somewhat iffy proposition as I have no sufficient professional relationship with the industry that was presenting itself. After discussion here the matter was left after a "Hail Mary" option was attempted that did not succeed.
Blogger credentials are an anomaly for these types of conventions. Posts at PC World and c|net News.com mentioned how folks from the site Gizmodo disrupted presentations at the conference. Rafe Needleman of c|net reported that one of the identified pranksters has been banned from attending any future CES events. Much of the chatter I have gotten wind of is that blogger credentials may be nearly impossible to secure next year because of this.
So what does this lovely story mean? For LISten to have gotten into the conference per day passes would have been required. Those passes ran $176 per day per person. For the production team to have been able to go in to CES events during the show's run the cost would have been just under $2,000. We do not have that budget on the ground here in the Las Vegas metro.
Carrying out original reporting is another matter different from what is being done now on the podcast. To do that financial help from listeners would be needed. Original reporting that is worth presenting is not cheap to do at all.
So, how would a shift to original reporting be most easily facilitated? The easiest way is to raise enough funds to where I do not have the worries of a "day job" and can focus on reporting. The amount that that would cost, at a minimum, is USD$1,300.
Although it may be impossible at this point in time my preferred way to keep things going is to be accredited as an adjunct somewhere. Whether it is for doing virtual reference or teaching online this would be a unique way to proceed. Leaving the Las Vegas metro is not necessarily an option at the moment but telecommuting is potentially doable. If you are able to help in this area you can either write to firstname.lastname@example.org or hit the contact form.
As we consider here ways forward for the podcast I just want to put some specifics out there that might help in deliberation. A means of donating via PayPal is available in a button below that has a donation set at $10 if you want to give. The first three people to donate will be thanked at the end of episode five for their support subject to my retaining editorial control over what is written and presented. If you want to donate but do not have or want a PayPal account write to email@example.com to discuss alternative options.
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