Stories in the ‘Digital Culture’ category …

Twitter and the Election

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Rene Gutel reports on the unique role Twitter has played during the fall 2008 presidential election. Listen here. (Hour 3)

This story aired on Down to the Wire.

Signing Up to be Watched

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

jody.jpg(Phoenix, AZ) Phoenix singer-songwriter Jody Gnant is never alone. That’s because she has been streaming her life on the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the last six months. She’s part of a new generation of “lifecasters.” Listen here!

This story was reported for KJZZ and Weekend America.

Wife Works Christmas Consumerism

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

tree.jpgReporter Rene Gutel from member station KJZZ in Phoenix buys her husband a wireless portable reading device for Christmas for $400. Amazon later sells out of the “in” gift; no more will be available before Christmas. Gutel finds she can sell the hard-to-find item on eBay for a $600 profit.The opportunity puts her in an ethical tailspin. She decides whether to surprise her husband with the perfect gift — or just take the cash.
Listen Here.

This story was reported for the alt.NPR podcast, B-Side Radio. It later aired on KJZZ and NPR’s Day to Day.

YouTube Appeal Nets Calls for Phoenix Man

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

(Phoenix, AZ) How many strangers will call someone they have never met before, just because they see a phone number on YouTube? More than 11,000 people, according to the Luke Johnson Phone Experiment. Johnson, a twenty-something Phoenix hipster, put his cell phone number on YouTube with a plea for anyone who saw the video to a) call him and b) spread the video around. The idea seems to have worked. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s Day to Day.