On behalf of the staff and community at Colbert News Hub, Happy Birthday to Stephen Colbert! In celebration of our fearless host’s birthday on Monday, May 13th, we are once again reactivating our DonorsChoose Page. Your generous contribution will not only honor Stephen in a practical and tangible way, but also help deserving schoolchildren in need of important tools for their education.
In an effort to mobilize our community to fund projects for the most deserving students, we tried to select the best possible theme for this year’s initiative. Shortly after watching the TCR interview with Charlie LeDuff and listening to his anguish about his native city of Detroit, we received a mass email from DonorsChoose CEO Charles Best. He voiced his concerns about Detroit-area schools, stating that “budget cuts and financial mismanagement have left many classrooms barren. Students and their families are suffering. Against these odds, dozens of Detroit teachers are using DonorsChoose.org to give their students a better chance.”
For that reason, our page is focusing on projects supporting children in Detroit. Here are a few we would like to help fund:
We thought that Stephen would approve of the science projects we selected on our page, as science-related topics have played such an important role on TCR.
Several projects are well on their way to being funded. They just need a little push to get the supplies finally to the teachers and kids. Colbert News Hub will get things going with a $50 donation. Help us celebrate Stephen’s birthday the best way we know how – by making a difference for our least little brothers and sisters. A little goes a long way.
Colbert News Hub has been nominated for a ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the ‘Best Australian Blogs Competition 2013′.
The annual competition celebrates the diversity, power and fun of blogging, and is judged on the appearance and writing of your blog, and on interaction and social media.
If you would like to vote, please follow the prompts on the voting page: [Link]
Voting Closes on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013.
As you may recall, I addressed the technical difficulties plaguing the site in the last ‘Site Update’, and made mention of some exciting new upgrades coming to the Hub.
After much hard work and frustration, I am happy to role out our new site theme!! Finding a new theme that fits the needs of both the site and its users has been quit a challenge, but I feel that our new theme ‘Admired’ by Brad Thomas, is the perfect fit for our site.
The new site is offers more flexibility and customisable options than our previous theme, and best of all, eye candy is now brought to you in wide screen, with the new wider and more spacious page layout.
As you can imagine, there are still a few kinks that will need to be ironed out, so please bear with me as I work to find out which elements of the site are affected by the change, and work to find a solution to fix them. Over the coming weeks the site settles down I will tweaking and adding some new features, as well as re-doing the content accessible via the menus bar.
I hope with the new theme that I have been able to address all of the technical difficulties that users have been encountering. If you are still experiencing errors, please do let me know so that I can work to fix them. If you feel as though the site is lacking something that will make for a better user experience or better site in general please do feel free to contact me and let me know of your ideas, I would love to hear from you!!
You may have noticed that our post frequency has been has been down of late, and I do sincerely apologise for that. There are a few main reasons for this. Firstly, for the past five weeks I have been away studying in Greece, with a brief stop off in Paris and London – all of which are truly amazing places that I cannot wait to go back and visit. Due to my studies I have been unable to spend as much time working on the site as I have wanted to, nor have I been able to keep up with the awesome six degrees activities that have been going on, but I will be doing a catch up ‘Six Degrees’ post in the near future. Thankfully, our awesome Hub Staffers have all stepped up to help me out and keep things running smoothly while I have been gone. Did I mention that our Hub Staffers rock!?!
Continue reading “Site Update: Technical Difficulties and Staff Openings.” »
The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content on across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web.
To vote ‘Colbert News Hub’ simply follow the instructions on this page [link] and select the category of ‘fansite’. Please be sure to add a note after ‘because …’ to make your vote count!!
The public is invited to nominate social media users for excellence over the past year. Each award recognizes a content creator’s entire body of work, not just an individual tweet or post. Nominations are made by tweeting or through ShortyAwards.com.
Colbert News Hub have partnered with the folks at Allied Live to bring you a ‘see it early and save’ discount when you purchase tickets for performances of The Second City’s ‘A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens’ at Centre Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Tickets for performances November 24th – 28th are just $20 & $35.
With its trademark humor, irreverence and originality, The Second City is giving the classic Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale a hearty twist.
Dickens’ famous Victorian streets spring to life as Scrooge, Tiny Tim, that fat, plucked goose and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up with anachronistic characters, hilarious improv and an ever-changing stable of starry, drop-in special guests. A recipe chock full of Holiday hilarity!
Writers Peter Gwinn (formerly of The Colbert Report) and Bobby Mort (currently of The Colbert Report) join Director Marc Warzecha (Resident Director, The Second City) and a cast which features Frank Caeti (MADtv), Larry Joe Campbell (According to Jim), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Amanda Blake Davis (Second City Does Dallas at the Dallas Theatre Center), Brian Stepanek (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) and Jean Villepique (Up All Night).
November 24th – Decemeber 30th, 2012
Continue reading “Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort’s ‘A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens’.” »
The GoldenTwits are an annual award that aims to celebrate the most active and respected users on Twitter.
Today I received a notification that Colbert News Hub has received some nominations in the ‘Information Service’ category. If you would like to nominate us, you may do so here: [Link]
@StephenAtHome, @SadMonsters and @heyitsopus have also been nominated by fans. To encourage them to create an account and receive votes, nominate them here: [Link]
Nominations close on Wednesday, 28th November 2012.
Due to a technical glitch I have only just become aware of, I am currently unable to fully access my personal Hub email account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and have not been receiving emails sent to that address. If you have sent an email to that address in the past few weeks and have not received a reply from me, chances are I have not received your email.
If you have sent any emails to my personal account and have not yet received a reply, please re-send them to this address email@example.com.
I will do my best to work through my inbox as quickly as possible. Fingers crossed that I haven’t missed anything important. I will make sure that I reply to each individual email so that you know that I have received it. My apologies for the inconvenience.
To all those affected by Hurricane Sandy, stay safe and we will do our best to keep you updated with the taping status of both ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’.