Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

journalism/media

mar
02
2012

How The Guardian Might Cover 'Three Little Pigs'

Clever new ad campaign from The Guardian (UK): If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on theguardian.co.uk. (Via seemingly everyone I follow on Twitter)

feb
16
2012

At Work in Syria, Times Correspondent Dies | NYTimes.com

Rick Gladstone writes, “Anthony Shadid, a gifted foreign correspondent whose graceful dispatches for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack, on Thursday while on a reporting assignment in Syria.” What a tremendous loss. The Post has a collection of some of his Pulitzer-winning work.

dec
30
2011

Get Them to the Debate on Time: Reporters’ Tips | Practical Traveler | NYTimes.com

Following the presidential candidates requires a journalist to be the most savvy of travelers.”

nov
03
2011

In Rwanda, I was under shell fire for hours. I was shot at. Once, I had a machete held to my neck. I was a goner, I thought. But a French photographer in the car talked them out of it.

— Jackie Northam, NPR foreign affairs correspondent, on covering war (source)

oct
31
2011

Datavis and Journalism

An interesting lecture from Amanda Cox of the New York Times at the Eyeo Festival earlier this year: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo.) Data visualization should probably play a slightly different role in journalism …

aug
25
2011

I got a report card in first grade that said, “Jack excels in his studies and really enjoys math and English, but he starts fights on the playground that he brings back into the classroom.” I’ve tried to make that my operating premise: Let’s start some fights and see who wins.

— Jack Shafer, columnist for Slate (source)

aug
17
2011

Comedy Podcast Inside News Corp. Feasts on a Scandal | NYTimes.com

J. David Goodman reports on one of my favorite podcasts, “The Bugle,” which features British comedians John Oliver (of The Daily Show) and Andy Zaltzman. Their podcast is hosted by The Times of London (a News Corp. property) and has mined the News Corp. / News of the World scandal for many a laugh.

aug
11
2011

Literary Aside

I’m working through a book of George Orwell essays, Books v. Cigarettes, that I picked up at a shop in Victoria, B.C. A line in the essay “The Prevention of Literature” caught my eye this evening: What is really at …

aug
04
2011

10 questions to help you write better headlines | Poynter

Useful tips from Matt Thompson.

aug
03
2011

How to Build a Newsroom Time Machine | Journoterrorist

The staff of Florida Atlantic University’s student paper produces its last summer issue using pre-computer tech. (Via Rachel)

jul
19
2011

A real-time, geotagged Flickr map? Here’s how. | 10,000 Words

This is ridiculously, embarrassingly easy. Awesome. “When reporters are in the field with their smartphones and they have a story to tell where both photo and location are vital, a stream of Flickr photos imported into a Google Map will do the trick.”

jul
12
2011

Who Really Owns Your Photos in Social Media? | MediaShift | PBS

Kathy E. Gill looks at the legalese from photo-hosting sites Flickr, TwitPic, Twitter, Photobucket and yFrog.

jul
10
2011

World War II: The Battle of Britain | In Focus | The Atlantic

A stunning series of photos, part of a 20-part WWII photographic retrospective. (Via Javaun M.)

jul
06
2011

Harry Potter Comes of Age One Hedcut at a Time | Speakeasy | WSJ

We went deep into our Hedcut Archive — our internal database of those iconic stipple portraits that appear in the Journal every day — and pulled out these drawings, all created by long-time Journal artist, Randy Glass, and dating from 2001 to 2007.”

jun
22
2011

My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant | NYTimes.com

Reporter Jose Antonio Vargas writes about coming to the U.S. as a child, growing up, going to college, working for newspapers and winning a Pulitzer — and now coming forward as an illegal immigrant.

may
12
2011

Do nothing I cannot defend.

— From Jim Lehrer’s MacNeil / Lehrer Editorial Guidelines (source)

may
10
2011

An infographic is, by definition, a visual display of facts and data. Therefore, no infographic can be produced in the absence of reliable information.

— Juan Antonio Giner and Alberto Cairo, on ethics in infographics (source)

may
04
2011

Happy Birthday, NPR

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of NPR’s first broadcast of All Things Considered. Photos from the Celebration »

may
03
2011

Paying My Respects

After work on Monday, I stopped by the Newseum to check out the day’s newspaper front pages from around the country, then visited the Pentagon Memorial to pay my respects. More Photos »

mar
23
2011

The best journalism-job want ad ever ever. | Mother Jones

Seriously, this job listing for an investigative reporting post in Sarasota, Fla., is awesome. (Via seemingly all my journo friends on Twitter)

Follow-up Romenesko interview with the man who wrote the job listing