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The Challenges of Conversational Journalism

January 26, 2013 by Journalism

Jason Kottke with an illuminating piece on conversational journalism. In the article he reveals the the stark contrasts between the loud, well known journalists who speak as if they know something about everything, and the often overlooked experts who have more right than anyone to tell us about their specific field.

Kottke uses the Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend story and the Beyonce inaugural lip-sync controversy to illustrate his point. What he uncovers is extraordinary. It’s the best article you’ll read all weekend.

Photographers Will Soon Be The Most Valuable People In The News Room

November 21, 2012 by Journalism

An interesting piece by Alyson Shontell. Not sure if I by buy into it whole hog, but she does have a killer point.

Because, when you’re on the go, the easiest stories to consume, create or share aren’t text based. They’re photo based.

Are We All Destined to Consume Corporate Media?

November 17, 2012 by Journalism

The concept of selling out to the “corporate man” to produce good journalism really wretches my stomach. But reading Tom Foremski’s piece “Is the future of serious journalism in the hands of corporate media?” got me thinking.

I asked Mr Sproule, why does Nissan want to get into the business of serious news journalism? Why not sponsor an existing news show?

His answer was surprising. “I don’t have the confidence that traditional news organizations will be able to survive the transition to the new business models. Why should I invest large amounts of money over the next few years in a failing enterprise?”

I know that there is way more to this conversation, but Mr. Foremski’s piece presents some compelling points to consider.

Infamy is Better Than Fame, But Will the Dylan Book Sell

August 15, 2012 by Journalism, Opinion

Jonah Lehrer is a writer who released a book about creativity entitled Imagine: How Creativity Works. In it he offers quotes that he claims are from Bob Dylan. When journalist Michael Moynihan called Leher out for fabricating the Dylan quotes in a piece he wrote for Tablet magazine, Lehrer responded by lying.

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What Do You Do When Breaking News Happens Right Outside Your Window?

July 13, 2012 by Journalism, News

You grab your Sony NEX-7 with the 50mm 1.8 image stabilized lens and start shooting (note to self, don’t leave your tripod at work). Last night Occupy LA decided to protest during the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk. The police came twice to try and keep the Occupy protesters from blocking the streets and it escalated into a full out police action with protesters throwing bottles and rocks while police shot bean bags at them.

I didn’t really do much editing. I just combined the clips in Turbo.H264. You can hear us talking about what morons the drivers of the cars are who just drive right up into a potential riot. We also talk about how much sedative to give the dog who was totally freaked out from the helicopters, glass bottles breaking and bean bag guns going off. I guess if I was a hard core journalist I’d have to learn not to talk while shooting the news. Although if I was a hard core journalist I would have stayed up last night and loaded this video right away instead of waiting until the next evening after work. … Continue Reading

Dan Chung on the Future of Photojournalism

February 16, 2012 by Journalism

Over at DP Review our friend Dan Chung with a brilliant take on the future of journalism and how video fits into that future.

It wasn’t really a choice at all. The way I look at it is convert or die. It’s a very steep learning curve but once you get into it, it’s like anything – you get into your stride and away you go. I’m constantly amazed by the fact that amateurs seem to do a much better job of adapting to new ways of working than professionals.

Definitely worth a read.

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