The Future of Digital Longform.
“The people who focus on length are the people who could argue semantics forever, and who will never see the web’s great potential. All the space in the world could well free up journalists to write to whatever length wish (however short or long a story deserves); frees up designers to build templates and pages previously unimaginable and richly interactive; frees up directors of photography and visuals to select however many (or few) images a story deserves, frees them up not to have to fight for inches, but to fight for the right photographs. To say this is about “longform” is to undermine this moment in our digital evolution. This is about creativity and blowing up templates and designing for the story, and helping the reader better understand harder to grasp stories. And it is my distinct pleasure to say, that’s what I see happening.” Well-said.
NY Times: Why Must the News Be So Newsy?
“‘The news takes us to the edge of something deeply interesting – but then abandons us to the process Aristotle calls catharsis,’ he said, referring to the way modern news lays out the facts but resists coming to any conclusions or exposing bias. ‘That explains the background anxiety that the news consistently creates.’” His book has received somewhat lukewarm reviews from the news media (perhaps predictably); it sounds interesting nonetheless.
Ghost in the Machine: Ryan - Still Clownshoes.
Kevin needs a segment on NewsHour.
ReadWrite: Flipboard Acquires Social Magazine Zite From CNN.
“Flipboard said that it would not continue to evolve Zite and that Flipboard would integrate the technology of Zite into Flipboard.” Sad, sad day. Zite was my favorite iPad random newsgatherer. Flipboard was interesting until I found Zite. Totally bummed over this. Totally.
Guardian.UK: Is the BBC becoming the UK version of Fox News on global warming?
Beeb’s just been removed from my ‘Science’ category in Newsblur.
CNN: UPS pilots complained of fatigue before fatal crash.
Information about their actual flight hours is at the bottom of the article.
NewsBlur Blog: Connect NewsBlur to dozens of web services with IFTTT.
Two great tastes, that taste great together.
LA Times: Congress in middle of Hollywood copyright clash with Silicon Valley.
“Now, however, Congress has begun an update of the nation’s copyright law — most of which predates not just the Internet, but even widespread use of computers. And as the legislation proceeds along a lengthy path, the Hollywood lobby is struggling not to get outmaneuvered by an emboldened and increasingly sophisticated coalition of Silicon Valley technology firms, digital rights groups and free marketeers.” Keep up to date on this one.
The Atlantic: The Facebook Effect on the News.
Photographer Emilio Morenatti: Victims of Acid Attacks.
This is a hard one to post; I’ve had it sitting in ‘drafts’ for an hour, thinking about it. There is an extreme level of malevolence in acid attacks; disgruntled men could always shoot their undesireable family. But no, they want to destroy their femininity; to break them. Things like this resurrect the avenging Count of Monte Cristo in my soul. One wishes to garrote cultural relativism.
I’d advise NSFW. And if you are sensitive, don’t view at all.
Clicking on an image gives the backstory behind each.
BBC: Mexico castaway dreams of home after ‘13-month’ sea ordeal.
Man deserves and all-you-can-eat beef taco fest.
DiscoveryNews: Why Conspiracy Theories Provoke Violence.
“Though conspiracy beliefs do not cause violence, they can give a name and form to generalized rage and helplessness and set the stage for violent actions.” This is exactly why the Gingrichian Orwell-speak of our modern political and news cultures is so damned dangerous.
Guardian.UK: Dan Gillmor - Why all the angst? Blogging is far from dead.
“A decade or so ago, journalism went through a mini-spasm of angst about one of the changes then roiling the trade. Many worried about a practice they considered weird and, they concluded, at best semi-professional: blogging. But what became known as the “bloggers v journalists” affair ultimately faded into obscurity as just about every major news organization added blogs to its website.” Dan himself was the first, really.
Guardian.UK: San Francisco officials contradict coroner on Asiana crash victim’s death.
“The city also said that NTSB investigators found she had not buckled her seatbelt for the landing, based on interviews with survivors and an inspection that found her seatbelt attached and unbuckled.” This seatbelt BS comes across as a blatant attempt to blame the victim. Pretty low, IMHO.
CJR: Albuquerque’s next newspaper is print first.
Of note. I don’t think it’s possible to fill the Trib’s shoes. The black hole it left, when it folded, persists.
Guardian.UK: Academic group proposes editor blogging ban to keep ‘professional’ tone.
“A major academic body is proposing that editors of its journals be banned from blogging in an effort to maintain a ‘professional’ environment.” I thought we’d gotten past all this.
Poynter: Washington Post announces plans to hire bloggers, redesign site.
Guardian.UK: Ten tools for digital and citizen journalists on the go.
Handy. I’d say if you are still a bit old-school and take paper notes, remember to snap them with whatever camera or smartphone you’re carrying. ‘Redundancy is good’, is the mantra. No matter if it is analog or digital.
Men’s Journal: Aspen and the End of Snow.
Long read, saving for later.
Journo Portfolio: Portfolios for Journalists, Writers and Authors.
Noticed, linked, bookmarked.
Columbia Journalism Review: Must-reads of the week.
Handy, as per usual. Net neutrality, morality, more.
Grist: What I learned from six months of GMO research - None of it matters.
One journalist is burned-out over the whole controversy.
CNN: Survivor captures plane crash on camera.
Looks like a successful ditching. Compelling photos.
Nieman JLab: If a tweet worked once, send it again, and other lessons from The NY Times.
“Here are some lessons we learned in 2013 from what we did on @nytimes and other institutional Twitter accounts.” Gems within, applicable to many. Social media mavens, take note.
Mashable: Don’t Walk Offstage (Michael Bay-Style) - The Internet Will Eat You Alive.
Twitter is the neighborhood ‘back fence’, the party-line, only magnified by a factor of a thousand, at least. Celebs need hides as thick as a rhino’s.