Last week, the local CBS affiliate followed up on Allison’s suggestion that they cover PhishTank as part of their Consumer Watch program. David was out of town. So, while Mike did the bulk of the coding, Aaron brought the design together to make PhishTank easy on the eyes and mouse clicks, Allison reached out (with success) to numerous media outlets, and others contributed in various ways, I ended up as the on-camera representative for OpenDNS. Judge for yourself.
The report, “Sites Offer Ways To Fight Back Against Phishing,” only actually covers one site, PhishTank, and runs just under 2 minutes long.
A few notes:
* The fun part which doesn’t appear here but was in the original broadcast was the tease before the intervening advertisements: PhishTank was the hook used to get you to stay tuned to CBS5 and watch the various election-related ads. The tease was well done, and we’ll have to get a copy.
* Those are not my hands typing, although I did do some “B-roll” footage of me typing away, or looking at the website, etc. None of that was used, which is just as well — those staged moments felt more awkward than actually talking to the producer while tape was rolling. (If it was even tape in this day and age.)
* The editing spliced together separate statements from me in a new order. Not really a surprise, and maybe the cuts are not obvious to others, but I notice. I’m not upset, but maybe it’s a reminder to keep each individual sentence as a standalone in this context.
* The folks (cameraman and producer) who came to our office from CBS5 made this process quick and painless. Overall, I’m thrilled with the outcome, even if it’s quite odd to watch myself on video.