The Law of the Inner Circle

maxchatjohnmaxwell_picWhen it comes to success as a leader, your potential is determined by those closest to you.  If you’re on Twitter, join me today on the #MaxChat show at 12noon eastern.  I’ll be interviewed by the @JohnMaxwellTeam about the law of the inner circle.  This law is from the “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,”  the book by leadership expert and best selling author John Maxwell.  A Twitter chat tool such as makes taking part in the conversation easy.  Simply log on to and put in the hashtag #MaxChat.  Then start chatting!  Here’s a short tutorial on how to use

Remember, you are what you tweet (a little bird told me) 🙂




Madea’s Neighbor Chats with Upward Bound Students

UpwardBound2015My how time flies!  Wednesday was the last day of my six week broadcasting class with high school students in the Upward Bound program at Tougaloo College.  It ended on a high note.  Special thanks to actor/singer @DathanThigpen.  The Jackson State mass comm alum who now lives in Atlanta, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with my students via FaceTime.  The teens enjoyed the DVD of “Madea’s Neighbors From Hell” and were ready with questions.   Dathan played “Desi” and talked about how he got the role, what it was like working with executive producer/actor Tyler Perry/Madea, and he also gave career advice.

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Censorship, Cover-Ups & Corporate Control, Oh My!

Shadows of Liberty ScreeningThis Friday, Mississippi Center for Social Justice, Mississippi NAACP, the Computer Co-Op and DocFactory will bring the internationally acclaimed ‘Shadows of Liberty’ documentary to Jackson, Mississippi.

I have the pleasure of being part of a panel discussion after the film.  The event is free and open to the public so bundle up, and come join the conversation…

Here are the details from the press release:

Date: FRIDAY, February 27, 2015

Time: 7:30 PM at the Rainbow Plaza

                                       2807 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39216

Shadows of Liberty will make its Jackson debut with a FREE film screening.

The documentary film Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics including DANNY GLOVER, JULIAN ASSANGE, DAN RATHER, AMY GOODMAN, DAVID SIMON, NORMAN SOLOMON, BOB BEAR, ROBERTA BASKIN, JOHN MACARTHUR, ROBERT McCHESNEY, DANIEL ELLSBERG, JANINE JACKSON, CHRIS HEDGES, KRISTINA BORJESSON and JOHN NICHOLS give insider accounts of a broken media system.

Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.Shadows of Liberty is dedicated to the journalists and information freedom fighters, the heroes of our time, who dedicate their lives to our right to freedom of information – the central pillar of a free society. Shadows of Liberty provides a platform for voices that have been silenced and in doing so, attempts to inspire change and accountability. This film champions the idea of an independent media where truth and integrity are the norm, not the exception.

The Mississippi Center for Justice is pleased to co-sponsor the screening in Jackson. A non-profit law firm devoted to racial and economic justice in Mississippi, MCJ has offices in Biloxi, Indianola and Jackson. Beth Orlansky, advocacy director for MCJ, said the screening is a great opportunity to promote thought on the ideas explored in the documentary.  “We all naturally are skeptical from time to time about where our information comes from, even in the democratized internet age,” Orlansky said. “We hope thoughtful folks in the Jackson area will come to the Shadows of Liberty screening with open minds. A robust dialogue on this subject is something we all can benefit from.”

After the film, there will be a panel discussion with Dierdre Payne with the League of Women Voters of the Jackson Area, Donna Ladd Editor-In-Chief of the Jackson Free Press, Robert Shaffer President/Secretary-Treasurer of the Mississippi AFL-CIO and Dr. Sunny Fridge, a former producer, reporter and anchor in her 14th year of university teaching in the department of Mass Communications at Jackson State University.

The panel will be moderated by Beth Orlansky, Advocacy Director for the Mississippi Center for Social Justice.

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Videolicious is a cool digital tool for storytelling!

videolicious logoI’ve been experimenting with an app called Videolicious.   At JSU we’ve been empowering our students to do  mobile storytelling. According to the creators, you can instantly weave together interviews, videos, photos, music and more into a sophisticated video production—in seconds. Just talk and tap—or watch and tap—to make the perfect video.

Alan Haburchak

I tried it out and found it to be a really useful tool to tell stories, quickly! And this week I took part in a Poynter newsu webinar.     The webinar was hosted by Alan Haburchak is Director of Video Evangelism at Videolicious, as well as a member of the faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  Among the topics discussed:

  • What types of stories are best suited for telling with mobile video.
  • How to plan for reporting video stories with a smartphone or tablet.
  • Best practices for reporting video stories with a smartphone or tablet.

So far, I’ve done a demonstration for several mass comm students and faculty in preparation for a Homecoming project and can’t wait to see what they share during next’s weeks activities.

Today the JSU Student Chapter of NABJ will be hosting high school students from the JPS Career Development Center when they visit the Digital Media Center at the MS e-Center@JSU. Our NABJ members will share the tool with the students. Stay tuned for some of their videos later today! In the meantime,check out the demos below and if you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod, try the app yourself…

Ok Glass: “Please come to my class”

I recently got the opportunity to try on Google Glass while at a recent IRTS seminar during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. The technology is really amazing, allowing you to wear this tiny computer like a pair of glasses. You can access information through voice commands without using your hands. It works on the iPhone but seems to be more Android friendly.  One website I checked out listed more than 70 Google Glass apps, and one in particular, Google Now is pretty impressive. The app acts as a virtual personal assistant (think Apple’s Siri) and automatically generates Gmail cards with customized information based on your location, interests and search habits.  It also retrieves travel and restaurant reservations from your Gmail account and lets you know what the weather or traffic is like before you head out the door. The beauty of this technology is that the information is shown literally before your eyes without having to reach for your smartphone. There is a touchpad on the side of the frame but you can also activate Google Glass by simply tilting your head up. Once you say the words “Ok Glass,” a screen appears and you can tell Google Glass to make a call, send a message, email, access contacts , music and much more.

And you have access 24/7 to taking photos and recording videos and immediately sharing to social media.  There’s even an app that allows you to simply “wink” to take a photo. There are drawbacks and privacy issues, but that’s why Google has been allowing consumers and developers to test the product.
I signed up for the Google Glass Explorer Program and am hopeful I will soon be selected to beta test Google Glass, so that our mass comm students at Jackson State will have a chance to experiment. The sky’s the limit, as you will see in this video that shows the super cool ways Google Glass can be used.

“Ok Glass, please come to my class!”


Smart and Fashionable Announcements by Intel @CES 2014

I’m having such a great time at CES2014 in Las Vegas. Many of the booths that I’ve visited are showcasing mind blowing technology; some useful, some just plain old fun…

Some of the biggest announcements at CES2014 came from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.  Wearable devices like smart earbuds, smart headsets and prototype smart watches to a smart charging bowl are some of the gadgets we can expect from Intel in the next few months.  I’m now a Fitbit owner, and I love that Intel (as well as other companies) are partnering with fashion industries to make wrist worn wearables. Intel is also offering a contest for developers with $1.3 million dollars in prize money to design the next big wearable tech.  Krznanich also announced new developments to mobile security and Intel Device protection technology in 2014.  Check out the highlights:


Tech Stars Shine at 2014 International CES Show in Las Vegas

photo(1)Today, I’m joining over 150,000 people who have gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2014 International CES.   Over the next four days, those who shape the future will unveil the latest products, services and networks that will impact the future of innovation and our interaction with the world today and in years to come.  The global consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show will showcase over 2700 exhibits…From 4K TV (ginormous105”  curved HDTVs) to the latest in wearable technology (move over Fitbit)… New apps for smart cars… and predictions from big tech stars are just a few of highlights at 2014 CES…

I’m among 40+ educators from across the country taking part in the 2014 IRTS Faculty Seminar “Reaching Audiences in a Multi -Device World.”  Thanks to the International Radio Television Foundation, the seminar includes a visit to the 2014 CES.  On Monday, we heard from experts in the communications industry who weighed in on the future of innovation as it relates to journalism education. We also got a chance to do a group exchange on innovative teaching practices. Thanks to my colleague from Syracuse University, Dan Pacheco, I got a chance to test out Google Glass.  The head mounted-wearable technology has all the resources of a smartphone that you access through voice commands without using your hands…. Really cool.  Hope I can get one for my multimedia reporting class! (Are you listening Google??).

Testing out Google Glass technology at 2014 IRTS Faculty Seminar in Las Vegas

Testing out Google Glass technology at 2014 IRTS Faculty Seminar in Las Vegas


Stay tuned for my updates from 2014 CES.                                                       Remember…What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas and … on Social Media!

Cheers,                                                                                                                                                                            @sunnyfridge #CES2014

Being “Social” in 2014

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Happy New Year!  Are you ready to ring in the new year with some new resolutions to be more social in 2014?


If so, check out this great post by Alex Hanse on “14 things you should be doing with social media in the New Year.” .


Sunny Fridge                                                                                                               @sunnyfridge

Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Media Panel at JSU

MAB Industry Panel at Mississippie-Center@JSU Friday, 9/27 at 1:00 pm

What do today’s journalists need to know about telling a story and engaging their audience?  What do journalism educators need to know about training today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs? You can find out answers to these questions and much more. The Mass Communications Department at Jackson State University will host MAB on Campus Day at Jackson State University on Friday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event kicks off with portfolio critiques for students from 10 a.m. to Noon.

At 1:00 p.m. an industry media panel of  television and radio broadcasters and educators will discuss, “Storytelling in a Digital World: The Impact of Technology on Journalism from the Classroom to the Newsroom.” The audience will include media professionals, journalism educators and students from local colleges and universities. The event will be streamed live at .

Admission to the Industry Panel is free and open to the public.  For more information call 601 979-3601.

Move over Vine, Viddy…Instagram now has 15 second videos!

So the rumors were true… Facebook has announced Instagram now has video.  And while posting video to the internet is nothing new… for millenials like my high school and college students who love to use Instagram, its a convenient way to post videos from an app they use on a daily basis for up to 15 seconds of fame.   Personally, I like the app Viddy because it gives you up to 30 seconds… but to have the option to post either photo or video from the same app will probably make Instagram the favorite over Viddy, Vine, Social Cam and others..

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