Social Video Product Builder

Vadim Lavrusik

Vadim Lavrusik is a product manager at YouTube where he works on YouTube Live and creator tools. Prior to Youtube, he was Founder & CEO of Frisbee, a group video messaging app that enables people to intimately communicate with friends through instant video. Before starting Frisbee, Lavrusik spent 5 years at Facebook working on product and media partnerships. He was the product manager of Facebook Live, leading the development and launch. His team at Facebook also built Facebook Mentions, a standalone app for public figures on Facebook, where Live was first created.

Create your own newspaper (err aggregator) using NewsCred

After two years, NewsCred relaunched its website today to give users the ability to create their own customized newspaper – without the paper. Basically, the site allows users to create their own edition by aggregating news, images, search for key terms, and videos. It’s another tool for personalized news, putting it in a easy-to-read fashion, […]


Why Facebook’s Privacy Changes are Detrimental to Users

Excerpt from a Mashable post that ran today: Though Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says that public is the new “social norm,” many members who use the social network for professional and business reasons have lost the ability to conduct certain actions privately as a result of changes made to the settings. And despite this being […]


The Big Hurt project from Columbia Journalism School’s Digital Media Newsroom

Today marks the end of the my first semester at the one-year M.S. digital media program at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and I wanted to share a few projects. One of these was an in-depth look at how the recession is affecting New Yorkers. Five different digital media newsroom sections covered five topics […]


8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist

Excerpt from my Mashable post today: As the news industry looks to reconstruct its suffering business model, the journalists of today must reconstruct their skill sets for the growing world of online media. Because of cutbacks at many news organizations, the jobs available are highly competitive. News companies are seeking journalists who are jacks of […]


Red may just be the new black in news Web design

If it bleeds, it leads. Maybe that’s why news sites are going with a bright, blood red? CNN recently redesigned its website and went with a richer, brighter red for its header. It had some red before (after all it’s their brand), but now the header pops bright. Reuters released its redesign today with a […]


What major would you recommend for a highschooler pursuing a career in journalism?

Meet Yuliya Barsukova. She is a 17-year-old Russian high school student applying to college with a dream to be a journalist. She even has some professional experience working for the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. But right now she is trying to decide what would be the best major to prepare her for a career in journalism. […]


Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr…Can news orgs be everywhere?

This evening there was some buzz about Newsweek’s Tumblr, after Nieman Lab tweeted about it. Its design is quite nice and it includes a lot of content that is curated outside of Newsweek. A few news orgs included their Tumblr links, including Minnpost and Nieman Lab. Both of the accounts mostly serve as feeds for […]