A Connecticut newspaper group is mourning the demise of the venerable Flip camera, a small, low-cost video camera that was discontinued by parent company Cisco last week.

As ubiquitous as cheap portable video cameras may be to consumers, the print news media only recently caught onto the trend but has quickly worked to monetize the simple-to-use devices. The Journal Register Co., owner of several Connecticut papers including the New Haven Register and the Torrington Register Citizen, provided more than 1,000 of the pocket-sized video recorders to reporters in early 2010 and added a video requirement to their weekly tasks.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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