I remember the lesson about passive voice from my first journalism class very clearly, and not just because my professor threw something at me to prove a point. Avoiding passive voice has been firmly cemented in my mind. At the Writing Center I worked at, I often found myself struggling with a future scientist trying … More Defending passive voice
While we can understand the instinct to not name – or sympathize with the stated purpose of not encouraging imitators – there is more weight to the counter-argument: that we owe it to the public to try to answer that most difficult of journalistic questions “why,” and we cannot possibly find an answer without beginning … More Harry Potter teaches journalism… woohoo!
NewsWhip.com did a cool research project recreating front pages based on which articles from each news source was share and read most online. The results were very interesting. Many stories related to social media and health were moved to the front page, worldwide. Ukraine was on most front pages but removed almost every time by … More Readers and Editors disagree on front page stories
Let’s be honest, superhero movies are not really in my nerdom. I watch them so I can be caught up, but they aren’t my thing. The highlight of the newest Superman movie was the journalism. My biggest beef with the reality of the movie isn’t the aliens or super powers, but rather Clark Kent’s qualifications … More Hire me instead of Clark Kent!
One would think that Bezos buying the Washington Post would top the charts in terms of online news headlines. Going alongside the nature on online news, however, lots has been happening both in terms of successes and failures for online news models. One of the most visible occurrences was the problems with NYTimes.com. The New … More A big week for online news
A new PEW study is upending the way we think about the public’s view of journalism, at least for me. I was a little shocked to here that a majority of people surveyed believed that journalists are more important that they used to be, mostly because they help sort through overwhelming amounts of information. In … More PEW study reveals fascinating, possibly contrasting opinions
Editors often talk about coming at a piece of text with “fresh eyes” in order to see things in a different way. What this means, and what Igarashi is playfully hinting at, is that we have to hack our brains in order to get past innate blind spots and re-orient towards spotting mistakes. — “Why good … More Copy editors found to be aliens, basically
It’s undeniable, though, that journalists often use sartorial choices as a way of imparting information about women they’re writing about. And that’s a device to which male subjects probably don’t have to worry about as much, a point on which I’d welcome some statistical evidence. Media organizations covering Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster last month … More Are women fairly represented in mainstream journalism?
I should be doing some of my huge pile of homework, but instead I feel the need to , yet again, defend “the media” I recently covered a very interesting comedy act/conversation about race relations in the U.S. It was entertaining, but simultaneously illuminating and informative. Nonetheless, the end of the conversation was frustrating because we … More The “evil media” is a reflection of the evil public
I just can’t get over all the HILARIOUSLY nerdy valentines I’ve been seeing this year. Reader beware… I have a lot of different sides to my nerdom. Still I just had to share my top five favorites that I’ve seen so far. Share these with your Valentine whether that person is a family member, friend or significant other. … More Nerdy Valentines You Need to Read