Justin Kozuch | Digital Marketing Executive & Freelance Technology Reporter

Open Office Hours with Justin in 2016

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I’ve been working on this idea for a while that I hope turns into a) a full-time job or b) the chance to make some new connections. Obviously, making both a reality would be ideal, but I have no lofty expectations from this.

Beginning next Thursday May 12 until Thursday June 23rd 2016, I’m going to run an open office hours experiment.

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A Manifesto About Work

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I’ve come to a few realizations lately:

  • I want the work I do to matter
  • I want the work I do to make a difference
  • I want the work I do to have meaning

For the past 6 months, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about what I wanted to do next. Lately, my thoughts have become more and more pre-occupied with the notion of finding my passion. Of being happy with the work I do. Of making a difference and doing something that really matters.

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Things I Learned In 2015

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Robert Frost once said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

I wish I could summarize the things I’ve learned about life in three simple words. More to the point, I wish I could do so as succinctly as Mr. Frost has. In the interim, here are a few of the things I’ve added to my personal body of knowledge for 2015.

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Meet A Toronto Startup: Chef’s Plate

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Chef’s Plate, the Toronto startup slowly taking over the meal kit delivery market, recently raised an additional $2 million in funding. I caught up with Patrick Meyer and Jamie Shea, co-founders of Chef’s Plate to talk about what’s next on the menu.

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Some thoughts on Periscope and the future of journalism

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Earlier today, to much fanfare and excitement, Periscope launched their long-awaited live streaming app for iOS. For those of you who are not familiar with Periscope, they were purchased in January by Twitter for an undisclosed amount (some have speculated the final price tag was between $75 and $120 million), and have joined what will undoubtedly become a crowded space as they compete with the recently-launched Meerkat.

As Periscope gained traction throughout the day, I sat down to watch a few streams, ranging from friends drinking their morning coffee to live streaming today’s Lufthansa press conference. I began to think about the role live streaming can play in journalism.

What we’re seeing is the latest salvo in the war for your device and your attention. Clear winners have emerged in the arena for short-form visual content (see Vine and Snapchat) and messaging (see WhatsApp). Even Facebook has jumped into this battle, first by separating their Messenger offering from the Facebook app, and by now giving businesses the ability to use the Messenger platform for customer service.

Live streaming has become part of our everyday experience, similar to how Facebook and Twitter became the defacto standard for sharing pictures or news about plane crashes, protests and politics. But where does it fit into journalism?

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