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Against beautiful journalism

Felix Salmon, in Reuters: “Today, when you read a story at the New Republic, or Medium, or any of a thousand other sites, it looks great; every story looks great. Even something as simple as a competition announcement comes with a full-page header and whiz-bang scrollkit graphics. The result is a cognitive disconnect: why is […]

Posted on 21 March 2015 and filed under journalism, links, outbound, small

What made Serial unique? It admitted journalists are human, too

I’ve finished listening to Serial now, and am onto the Serial thinkpieces (you can find most of the worthwhile ones via Nick Quah’s Hotpod Newsletter, editions 1-12). Most are full of praise, but there is a fair share of criticism, as well. After reading a few critical pieces, I felt prompted to Tweet this: A lot of […]

Posted on 22 December 2014 and filed under articles, journalism, main

The Sony Hack and the Yellow Press

Aaron Sorkin: “Do the emails contain any information about Sony breaking the law? No. Misleading the public? No. Acting in direct harm to customers, the way the tobacco companies or Enron did? No. Is there even one sentence in one private email that was stolen that even hints at wrongdoing of any kind? Anything that […]

Posted on 18 December 2014 and filed under journalism, links, misc, outbound, small

Real Audience

As a follow-up to this post about Gawker’s attempt to focus on promoting their original journalistic voice rather than chasing Facebook likes, I wanted to share my own strategy here in my own little corner of the journalism world. Daybreak North is a show about northern British Columbia, its people, politics, and culture. That, to […]

Posted on 11 December 2014 and filed under journalism

Gawker, journalism, and the “slaves to the Facebook algorithm”

As tempting as it is to mock Gawker, Buzzfeed, et al I think it’s wiser to pay attention to how they fare at carving out a new model for journalism in the digital age.

Posted on 10 December 2014 and filed under articles, big, journalism, main

Why BuzzFeed Doesn’t Do Clickbait

Ben Smith: “If your goal — as is ours at BuzzFeed — is to deliver the reader something so new, funny, revelatory, or delightful that they feel compelled to share it, you have to do work that delivers on the headline’s promise, and more. This is a very high bar. It’s one thing to enjoy […]

Posted on 20 November 2014 and filed under journalism, links, outbound, small

“News should be what people don’t know about yet”

Jesse Brown, and the courage of journalism.

Posted on 3 November 2014 and filed under journalism, links, outbound, quotes, small

Not proven in court

There is a whole lot of middle ground between what is blatantly untrue and what has been proven in the eyes of the law.

Posted on 2 November 2014 and filed under journalism, links, main, nocomments


The stories you never hear about, and the stories you do.

Posted on 5 June 2014 and filed under articles, journalism, media

Discovering new histories: a sort-of, kind-of how to for storytellers

Library archives, Google searches and research projects, oh my!

Posted on 1 March 2014 and filed under articles, journalism, main, Prince George, radio

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