Along with providing shortcuts to videos I like to show people, this set of pages was originally here to demonstrate the use of video players within a WordPress blog. YouTube and Vimeo clips insert easily on pages.

Later one of its main functions was to publish links to a collection of “Newspaper movies” at YouTube and elsewhere, in conjunction with a course I created about the portrayal of journalists in popular culture.

Alas, for some reason the system won’t let me use the “object” tags offered by The Guardian newspapers when it shares its online videos. However, this video is well worth a visit for journalism students: At my AEJMC blog or at the original, The state of the modern give-and-take around news stories, captured in a story about three little pigs…

See separate pages on the Videos menu for clips from Citizen Kane, newspaper movies, and the documentary 17 Days (Missing the Newspaper).

Most of what follows are clips I’ve mentioned in the blog and various classes, especially about electronic tablets and the future of newspapers…

Tablet Demo: Sports Illustrated

Knight-Ridder Tablet Prototype, 1994

TED Talk by newspaper designer Jacek Utko

Michael Moore on newspaper capitalism

For students adding video to WordPress sites: Those were all YouTube videos, which embeds using a special “youtube” address code. You are, of course, at the mercy of the owner of the YouTube account that uploaded the video, if you did not do it yourself.

(Two earlier newspaper advertisements I had here are gone now because the owner of — a UK newspaper — closed its YouTube account.)

The free hosting at does not allow embeddable media-player codes from many other sites. One work-around is an intermediary video hosting site and plugin called “VodPod,” but I’ve had mixed results with it. Here are some attempts… If a video player does not appear, follow the link to VodPod’s copy, and from there to the original.

First, a promotional piece about the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute’s workshop on multimedia journalism, which I attended in summer 2009.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

This isn’t a new video, but I’m posting it to test the Vodpod-to-Wordpress connection:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Here’s a problem one:

From the Prelinger collection of “ephemeral film” at, “Seventeen Days” is a New York Daily News color documentary about a New York City newspaper delivery drivers’ strike in 1945, especially interesting to media historians because the strike showed how strongly readers’ valued their favorite newspapers. (Vodpod’s video player should appear here; if it does not, follow the link below to see the film on a separate page.)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Fortunately, someone has divided the “Seventeen Days” film into three five-and-a-half-minute parts and uploaded it to YouTube, which inspired me to create a whole page about it, with more information about the film’s contents. See it here.

One comment on “Videos
  1. bob stepno says:

    This page is part of a demo I’ve used in my Web Production class, linked to

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