When the going gets weird…
I like Hunter Thompson’s wisdom, much more than Samuel Freedman’s, in the final chapter to Freedman’s book. Read why:
…The weird turn pro.
I had to lead this post off with a Hunter Thompson quote today. Primarily because I think — despite his controversial personality — he offers a lot of wisdom in his stories about both journalism and American democracy. On a lesser…
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In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
For five indelible days, the unthinkable became routine in Boston. And no one felt that more than the police and agents mounting the largest manhunt in regional history and parsing its most complex crime scene. It took a cast of thousands — also courage, sacrifice, teamwork, and luck — to crack the case. But they did it.
Self censorship and news writing
When reporting and writing, don’t worry about censoring for objectivity’s sake. Worry about that step when you edit.
I really connected with Samuel Freedman’s chapter on writing, in Letters to a Young Journalist, when he mentioned the conversation between an editor and reporter about including subjective terms in the reporter’s article.
The reporter used the word…
Watching the rain
Watching the rain and the reporting chapter in Samuel Freedman’s Letters to a Young Journalist reminded me about the power of observation.
Samuel Freedman’s chapter about reporting, in Letters to a Young Journalist, didn’t really shock or inspire me.
The chapter was simply a reminder of what I’d already been taught over the past few years in my journalism education, particularly while…
Is it aggregation, reporting, journalism, or everything?
Is it aggregation, reporting, journalism, or everything? Three aggregation forms and why they’re essential for a news outlet.
I like the way Frank Russell breaks down the types of possible ways to aggregate information. The copy-and-paste method (which is the weakest, and frowned on by journalists), the summary guide that acts as a resource hub, and the strongest form of…
Improve your communication skills by using Twitter. You’ll thank me soon. Or, tell me why I’m wrong.
With many ways to share information on social networks, should journalists focus on one outlet over another? No. Why?:
The love triangle between the Internet, citizens and journalists
Some funny thoughts crossed my mind while reading the last chapter of Kovach and Rosenstiel’s Elements of Journalism. Well, I call them funny, some others might argue I’m playing the devil’s advocate. Anyway, the first thought occurred at one particular…