History of online media

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

The first set of class/lecture notes: History of Online Media.

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Design frontiers

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

We’re going to touch on more of the visual aspect of journalism today. Evan Allen passed along a good Slate piece that speaks to visual design AND the whole print/Web thing:


Also note the link in there to the Sports Illustrated tablet demo; pretty remarkable.

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Is newspaper science reporting vanishing?

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

A few of you are reporting on Boston-area science reporters, and wanted to point this out this piece:

Incidentally, I’m not sure I agree with her, but as one heck of a science reporter, we should listen to Angier.

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Cliff’s Notes of basic interview rules

December 14, 2009 Leave a comment
  • Do your homework/research
  • Have a list of questions
  • Take notes or record
  • Always ask if there‚Äôs anything else you should ask
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The key lesson of the climate change email controversy

December 13, 2009 Leave a comment

So this morning, it seemed like it was settled:

E-mails suggest science not faked, but doubt lingered was the headline of the AP story. The AP said it had done an “exhaustive review” of the hacked emails between climate change researchers.

But wait! It’s never over til it’s over: the Daily Mail piece apparently also did their own “exhaustive review“.

The lesson: I don’t think any of us know enough to know, but it underscores the importance of you as journalists not pursuing an agenda on any side of a hot political issue. The best thing you can do for the reader is tell the straight and honest story, even if it looks like it’s bad for “your side.” As Shakespeare wrote in The Merchant of Venice: the truth will out. Help that happen, wherever it may take you.


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Blog times

November 30, 2009 1 comment

Hi — hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I’ve been away, so I will be responding to your emails shortly.

Meantime, a few of you have mentioned your blog times being off. Sometimes that just happens, but sometimes it can be fixed. If yours are not accurate, please try this:

Dashboard > General Settings

On that page are a couple of choices on how you display your day and date and time. Please re-fill those in, then save. We’ll see if that helps.

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WBUR story I mentioned today

November 17, 2009 5 comments
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