The Atlantic: Against ‘Long-Form Journalism’.
Guardian.UK: News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier.
The Atlantic: Can’t Print Magazines Be Saved? Does It Matter If They Aren’t?
“The fact is that digital delivery, which we regard as indispensable, is expensive.” I have to laugh at that; that’s not the way digital delivery was sold to us. “It’ll cost less than physical printing!” Or do I remember incorrectly?
I enjoy iPad magazines, but I still find I miss their paper counterparts. I’m chalking it up to a generational bias.
Mashable: Will TV Networks Broadcast Newtown 911 Calls?
I don’t know why they would. They don’t solve any mysteries. They just reopen old wounds, but lightly healed. If I were a media outlet, I’d put my foot down.
The Dish: The Truthiness Of Buzzfeed.
“All I can say is that I don’t think they have fully grasped how being part of an entertainment/public relations site whose core mission is making money can in any way be compatible with the profession formerly known as journalism.” This kind of behavior just makes it harder for everyone to get to the facts.
Speaking of weblogs and websites in general — I find myself, on certain stories, searching a half-dozen levels deep trying to find any corroboration at all. You’d be surprised how many stories I choose to dump, rather than post (probably around 90-95%).
And no, Buzzfeed is *not* in my RSS reader.
Livestream: The Future of Digital Longform.
On Friday, there’s going to be a symposium of sorts on digital longform journalism, that some might want to tune in and listen to. Via the Columbia Journalism School.
CNN: Amazing new video of shipwreck rescue
Three days after a tugboat sank with (supposedly) no survivors, body recovery divers find a crewman alive in the wreck, and rescue him. Feel-good for the day.
CNN Opinion: Young men, get a ‘yes’ text before sex.
Hmmm. Reading this, I wondered about the admissability of texts. Here. It seems they are, in combination with voicemails, geotagged metadata and browsing histories, becoming commonplace in the courtroom.
I suppose I fear that in all too many situations a pre-event ‘yes’ could very well end up a ‘no’ in person.
Having a hard time today finding links worth posting.
Not sure if it’s me, or just the news cycle.
Vimeo: 7 Photojournalism Tips, by Reuters Photographer Damir Sagolj.
Slate: Conspiracy theory psychology.
“The answer is that people who suspect conspiracies aren’t really skeptics. Like the rest of us, they’re selective doubters. They favor a worldview, which they uncritically defend. But their worldview isn’t about God, values, freedom, or equality. It’s about the omnipotence of elites.” That goes into the DM! lexicon for future use: “omnipotent elites”. On the lookout for the generic omnipotent “them” in articles.
LA Times: Bloomberg downsizes arts coverage, lays off stage critic.
“Bloomberg plans to continue to cover the arts, but with an emphasis on luxury.” Veyrons, yachts and expensive travel resorts, no doubt. Money’s the muse.
Buffer: How a content style guide can enhance your blog’s quality.
“The tone of your blog deals with how content is written rather than how it appears. Again, to borrow an example from the Economist, here is what their style guide’s tone establishes:
Do not be stuffy.
Use the language of everyday speech.
Do not be hectoring or arrogant.
Do not be too pleased with yourself.
Do not be too chatty.
Do not be too didactic.
Do your best to be lucid.”
Me here. Let’s see how I score. #1. Fail. #2. Fail. #3. Fail. #4. Fail. #5. Fail. #6. Fail. #7. Win.
You know, I think I could probably find a day’s postings where I fail all of those within a single morning. I prefer to embrace the colorful foliage of character, without reference to journalistic limitations.
I totally agree about a visual style guide. I used to use no formatting and all-lowercase letters, and STILL was the #4 meme-generator on the internet. Thus, I found being style-less was very stylin’.
Seriously, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Look to your niche, your goals, your competition (if you care), and style accordingly. But please, don’t eliminate character from your prose. Pretty please.
Via Email: A reader says I fail #7 regularly too. Huzzah! Slam dunk.
Story time: Back during the period when I was temping as a word processor in NYC (easy money; I still type over 120wpm when I get going), a close friend of mine got his engineering degree. I did him the favor, and created him a really kick-ass resume. He sent that resume around for three months - nada. I created another one, different in design, still kick-ass. Three more months - nada. I created yet a third, not as cutting-edge, more staid. Three more months - nada. My friend got fed up, and HAND WROTE his resume, even ending the resume with “A Good Man For The Job” in his execrable hand-printed capitals. With two strokes underneath. He sent these handwritten nightmares to three of his best, most desired outfits to work for. I cringed. Well, guess what happened. ALL THREE answered him. “Never do this.” All three gave him interviews. One hired him. Lesson learned: “Quality” be damned. Stand out from the crowd.
Technoagita: Fed up with Feedly and especially with Google.
The Nation: States Taken Over by the GOP in 2010 Are Screwing Over the American Worker.
Ugh. You’ll excuse the slight title modification, for space.
SF Reporter, Morning Word: Partial, redacted behavioral health audit released.
Handiest single-page method of keeping up with events in NM. Thanks, Reporter.
BBC: The little-told story of the massive WWII pet cull.
New to me.
Salon: TED talks are lying to you.
“This was not science, despite the technological gloss applied by writers like Jonah Lehrer. It was a literature of superstition, in which everything always worked out and the good guys always triumphed and the right inventions always came along in the nick of time.” Many good points within. To me, TED is often about ‘whoever has the best patter, wins.’ I grew up in Princeton. Brilliant minds I encountered at the Institute For Advanced Study, Princeton University, Princeton Graduate College, the Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Princeton Theological Seminary, Westminster Choir College, FMC, RCA, more … most were not good at explaining or defining their advanced work, or the concepts thereof. None gave a hoot about Dale Carnegie - yet Dale Carnegie is who I’m reminded of when I watch TED talks more than any other person. His book keeps getting written over and over again, concepts rephrased and broadcast to us with a thousand different personal brands attached.
Some use TED talks as a litmus test for friendship or socialization, just as others use political bent; how many potentially rewarding relationships get thrown to the gutter, I wonder. I just had a talk with a wood vendor the other day - never went to college - but engaged me on the Greek influences in early Christianity at a very deep level. Some would ignore him. I found another reference or two to read.
Don’t get me wrong; some of TED is very good. But I keep running into people who mortgage their entire brain to it, just as we denigrate those who do the same for Fox News. No single source should be followed with unquestioning religious intensity. Aristotle’s moderation, is all I’m asking for.
TPM: Google Currents, Flipboard, RSS Feeds?
“On the subject of these other services, I know this disrupts some readers reading habits. So we don’t do this lightly. But these companies are basically scams against the publishers, though I agree they can be a boon for readers.” Interestingly cryptic. Backstory! Backstory!
NPR: Man Who Set Fire To Himself On On National Mall Reportedly Dies.
Not something you generally survive.
The Economist: Letters—On biodiversity, software jobs, unemployment.
Just an observation. Would that we in America saw such erudition in other Letters to the Editor sections (accurate or not).
10,000 Words: Are Personal Essays the Future of Digital Journalism?
Wildfire Today: Yarnell Hill Fire report released.
Read this one. I’ve run across at least a half-dozen badly written articles attempting to summarize the report. Total waste of paper, ink and CPU cycles. Go to the source, through this link, before forming judgments. Anyone finds an even more balanced take, let me know and I’ll link it.
MediaBistro: How the Chicago Sun-Times Photographer Layoff Created Two Unique Blogs.
How’s the Sun-Times doing, post-photographer layoff? “The pictures? Headshots that were run too large. Bland wire service pictures. Reporter-generated pictures that betrayed the boredom of their creator.” I imagine it’s like letting Kinko’s design your business cards.
SF Reporter: Morning Word.
Succinct list of links about what’s up in New Mexico.