Thursday, April 14, 2005

Of Podcasts and Comfort Zones

My age is showing.

As most of you know, I write on politics at, a division of the New York Times. I love to write...for me, it's as natural as breathing or drinking Starbucks French Roast ( or lately, Good Earth original spice tea.).

But they're now asking me, and all editors, to go beyond my cozy comfort zone. They want us to learn to create podcasts and perhaps even videos. Yikes....I only recently learned about podcasts, and a video? I'm not film-friendly. Not my thing. Can't imagine.

So, smart people that they are, they're running podcast and video contests with cash rewards. Decent rewards. A couple thousand dollars. I won't enter...I have no chance with all the tech gurus in our midst.

But I see the future, and it's electronic. I need a teenager to help me through it.

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