The Mario Blog
08.22.2017—1am
It was all about the solar eclipse of the century

One good thing happened Monday: it seems that all Americans came enthusiastically together for something. Yep, it was the solar eclipse, which was the first in 99 years to be seen across the entire width of the United States.

It was a day to remember for many.

Even in Tampa, Florida, my grandchildren were let out of school early, armed with special glasses to watch the eclipse safely, at around 2:49 pm.  All television networks carried the event live and, for a few hours (or was it minutes?), we did not hear anything to do with  Washington, White House or Trump news.  Although we did get to see President Trump looking at the eclipse from the White House balcony.

 

 

The Times had a bit of fun with this headline and photo of the “disobedient” President Trump, who was not supposed to look, but did, anyway.

And the NY Daily News could not resist its hard-hitting headline.

 

 

I was fascinated by this front page of The New York Times of 1932 already forecasting that the next major solar eclipse for the United States would be August 21, 2017.

 

 

Courtesy of The New York Times @nytimes

 

Great photo coverage here

 

USA Today had live coverage of the event throughout, capitalizing on its 110 “sister” Gannett properties across the US.  See coverage here: https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/solar-eclipse-2017/

 

 

The New York Times photo package published today

 

Don’t miss the opening, which is animated and quite nice to get an idea of the eclipse’s cross-country trajectory.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/21/science/eclipse-reader-photos.html?emc=edit_nn_20170822&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=53831611&te=1&_r=0

CNN compiled a great collection of photos based on their morning-long coverage.

 

See the photos here: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/08/us/eclipse-photos/index.html?utm_source=CNN+Five+Things&utm_campaign=cf7d8d3325-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6da287d761-cf7d8d3325-83125553

 

Wall to wall coverage from the TV networks

 

Television networks covered the eclipse in minute detail, with scientists and astronomers explaining the eclipse, and reporters sent to cities across the country to do “man in the street” interviews with many who had traveled from as far as Australia and Japan to see this eclipse of the century.

 

 

 

 

Local newspapers prepared readers for the big day.

 

Courtesy of Rob Curley @robcurley

 

Finally, one wonderful shot of the eclipse taken by my friend, Ron Reasonon the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, near Portland, Oregon where he lives. Thanks for sharing, Ron.

 

Parting shot

An interesting piece from Poynter:

What If Newsrooms Treated Everyday More Like Eclipse Day

http://www.poynter.org/2017/what-if-newsrooms-treated-every-day-more-like-eclipse-day-update/471057/

 

Tomorrow: The Day Americans Looked Up

In TheMarioBlog Wednesday

 

 

 

Digital Media North America

http://events.wan-ifra.org/events/digital-media-north-america-2017

 

 

This two-day event, organized jointly by WAN-IFRA and the News Media Alliance (NMA), will provide a unique opportunity for North American news media executives to hear and discuss digital revenue strategy from the world’s most advanced media companies.

I will be one of the speakers for this conference in New York City.

Digital Media Awards (Deadline for entries: Aug. 23)

I am honored to be on the jury for this WAN IFRA-sponsored competition.

 http://events.wan-ifra.org/events/north-america-digital-media-awards-2017

From Best Use of Online Video to Best News Website, from Best Advertising Campaign to Best Data Visualization Project, WAN-IFRA’s North American Digital Media Awards call upon the US and Canada’s most innovative news media companies to present their best and latest digital projects to benchmark their achievements in 10 competing categories.

The entry submission deadline is August 23.

 

 

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