Monthly Archives: July 2012

Learn something new (almost) every day

Finding the time to study up on media trends, absorb new information and gain new skills is always challenge. But it’s essential to carve out precious learning moments as often as possible. Miranda Mulligan, the new executive director of the … Continue reading

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“Quote approval” just plain wrong

Two “truisms” I learned as a young reporter: never submit your story to the subjects of the story to “review” in advance of publication, and never agree to quote approval. I always considered it a trust issue: I believed the … Continue reading

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Facebook for the voters

So often we hear people bemoaning the lack of citizen participation in one of the great rights we as Americans possess: the right to vote. California’s presidential primary election turnout in the spring set record-low numbers. OK, so there were … Continue reading

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Becoming a more effective writer

Journalists know the name Roy Peter Clark. He’s the longtime writer still probably best known for his 29-part serial narrative piece, “Three Little Words,” published in the St. Petersburg Times, which eloquently chronicled the story of one family’s experience with … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different … some good news

  “As we head into the second half of 2012, amid much despair given downward ad trends in print and stalling ones in digital, let’s pause to consider some good news about the trade. The good news is too well … Continue reading

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Breaking news: The bored embrace Facebook

Here’s breaking news: Boredom drives people to Facebook. Unbelievable, eh? The Huffington Post reports that a recent university study “suggests we use the social media site to cure a simple ailment: boredom. In addition to satisfying our “entertainment” needs, Facebook … Continue reading

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“All the President’s Men” finale

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMVz5C38yi0

The inspiration for a generation of journalists.

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