Channel 12 is undertaking what could be an interesting Internet experiment this week, trying to create a huge digital photo album of life in southeast Wisconsin on Feb. 12, 2010.
"We're always looking for ways to be more interactive with the community," said Steve Kabelowsky, digital executive producer at Milwaukee's ABC affiliate.
And after seeing a similar project by a sister station, WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H., "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great to get a slice of life here in southeast Wisconsin?'"
"That's what we're really trying to go for," he said of the project, dubbed "A Day in the Life."
"We just want it on one day," he explained. "It can be siting in front of the TV with the family, it's making your commute to work. Just your everyday activities."
Why Friday? Well, it is the 12th and this is Channel 12. But Kabelowsky sees Fridays as a perfect bridge between the work week and the weekend, offering a wider range of photo possibilities.
The effort is by no means limited to expert photographers. As Kabelowsky puts it, "anybody can pick up a digital camera these days, a cell phone. Just take a photo with that cell phone and send it in."
Kabelowsky is looking for video contributions, as well as still photos.
While the photos have to be snapped sometime on Friday, you have until mid-week to submit them.
Photos are being sought in several categories: families, landscapes, at work, community, pets, and sports. If you want to participate, you have to register at Channel 12's u Local web page.
The photos will be posted at Channel 12's Web site and could end up as part of a Channel 12 news report on the project airing Feb. 19.
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- The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog goes back to a story that's been floating around for a half-century that a 1957 airing of "Cinderella" starring Julie Andrews pulled in 107 million people, which would beat Sunday's Super Bowl. The story combines Nielsen's household rating with another company's estimate that the average house had 4.4 viewers watched that CBS broadcast. The Live Feed terms the estimate a "fairy tale."
- Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to keep doing her daily talk show through the 2013-14 season. Her show airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on Channel 58.
Not your father's Snoopy: ABC aired "A Charlie Brown Valentine" Wednesday night, prompting Jimmy Kimmel to have some fun with the Peanuts gang.
Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for OnMilwaukee.com. He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.
A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.
In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at OnMilwaukee.com.
When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.