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Calbuzz Video Premiere: Silicon Valley and Politics

Jun23

Today our Department of  Internets Digital Storytelling & Multi-Platform Cool Stuff is delighted to present the first Calbuzz News Channel report, written and produced by our new multimedia journalist,  Jennifer Fey.

A graduate student in Multimedia Communications at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Jennifer has previously reported for NRI Achievers Magazine and India West News. She has also worked for Google, Sapient and Worldcom, as well as The Anti-Defamation League and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where she earned a master’s degree at the Divinity School after graduating from Macalester College in Minnesota (Walter Mondale ’50, Kofi Anan ’61).

Yeah, we can’t figure out why she’d want to hang out with us either.

Her first piece — a kind of warm-up pitch — focuses on the shifting political landscape of Silicon Valley, and looks at how wannabe governors Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown may, or may not, appeal to its economic interests, culture and values.

An interesting Silicon Valley sidebar:  posted by Newsweek: Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has rounded up financial support from a batch of Silicon Valley executives, including Cisco Systems Inc.’s John Chambers, Oracle Corp.’s Larry Ellison, Netflix Inc.’s Reed Hastings, and John Doerr from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Tough luck for former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — a real man bites dog story, kinda like when Bill Clinton won the support of John Young (then CEO of HP), John Scully (then CEO of Apple) and other SV bigwigs in 1992.

Another Sponsor for the First Ever All Blogosphere Debate: San Jose State University itself has signed on as a sponsor for the proposed Sept. 13 debate (at San Jose State) between the aforementioned Whitman and Brown featuring questioners from Calbuzz, FlashReport and Calitics — the three leading original content political web sites covering California politics.

We’re still waiting for a formal responses from the Whitman and Brown campaigns. But having SJSU as a sponsor adds to the glamor (dontja think?). Other sponsors: the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and the College of Social Sciences at the university.

Did we say we promise to be really really nice? We promise.

BTW: That’s our new custom campaign logo draw for us by our new graphic artist, Ali Spagnola.


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  1. avatar 4oceans says:

    Awesome new video. Great work. Were those fake backgrounds or did CB actually allow JF to go on location? Looked a bit too sunny and clear. Usually Silicon Valley has that yellow pollution haze thing going on. Anyway, I believe this solves your problem with Queen Meg refusing to speak to CB. If JF can just go jogging w/ Ms. Witless, we’ll have our free fire interview I’m certain.

  2. avatar pjhackenflack says:

    100% authentic sunny and clear…

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