The Newsvine Cyborg (aka Newsvine Blog) is going into overdrive after a long bout of robotic-writer's block. Do not take the frequency of awarding to be inversely-proportional to the quality of these recipients' work - we're now just catching up on RAVs that should've already been awarded, in some cases, a long time ago ;-)
The Newsvine Team is happy to announce that the 14th Newsviner to receive the Random Act of Vineness award is Brian Ford.
Though the 'Random Act' Brian is receiving this award for is in connection to his tremendous creativity and dedication to Newsvine Survivor, he has contributed so many great designs, projects and articles to Newsvine, that we've had a tough time singling out any particular body of work of his - so we'll just name a few that we consider to be extremely valuable to the Newsvine Community.
Though not a Newsvine employee, Brian has spent a considerable amount of time writing documentation for new users, so that they too can find their way around the Vine. Two examples that stand out in the Newsvine Team's eyes are, A Newsvine Primer, and Using Newsvine Effectively: Levels of Participation, both of which have literally sent thousands of new members properly on their way. Being a small company, we don't always have the time to document all the new features we're developing, and users like Brian - who take it upon themselves to help others - make our jobs much easier as a result.
Next, Brian has consistently been a productive writer whose variety of articles adds diversity to the Vine. He writes many thorough film and music reviews, and one such article was even referenced by Roger Ebert - an achievement that may have merited an RAV on its own. Brian's own designs have made their way into many of his own articles, as well as into projects put together by fellow Newsviners, such as the Relay for Life Cancer Walk.
Just because Brian Ford enjoys participating in novel and refreshingly different ways, doesn't mean that he also misses what most Viners consider to be central to Newsvine. He shares his own thoughts on Citizen Journalism, and even dabbles once in awhile. He's no stranger to politics, and while Brian has been known to get into some tangles with his fellow Newsviners from time to time - he's oftentimes also the first one to make it abundantly clear when someone deserves recognition. Not all RAVs are awarded for the same good deeds, which is what keeps it interesting. The sheer number of Brian's popular and creative contributions are reason enough for his award - but a great many of them could individually merit Newsvine's highest distinction as well, which is remarkable by any standard.
Brian Ford is one of the most consistent, dedicated and talented Newsviners, exemplified by his amazing productivity (188 articles to date!). For these reasons and many, many more - we're happy to recognize Brian Ford's contributions to the Vine.