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Archive for August, 2007

What does an education guarantee?

‘[A]n undergraduate education merits nothing less than a lifelong warranty.” When I read this statement by Sanford Pinsker, an emeritus professor at Franklin & Marshall College (in Lancaster, Pennsylvania), my first reaction was outrage. One of the greatest challenges we face as educators is working with students who think their success is someone else’s responsibility. […]

Stand by your story (in the archives)

A useful article at Online Journalism Review describes how a credit card spokeswoman repeatedly called a student newspaper, asking them to delete an article from the past — archived on the newspaper’s Web site — in which she was quoted. The reporter had kept her notes, we reviewed them against the archived story and the […]

What do new practices actually threaten?

Angela Grant highlighted a long discussion at SportsShooter about the “vs.” argument — traditional still photojournalism “vs.” all this video, audio, multimedia. Photojournalist Heather Hughes started the show with her post, which said, in part: What direction we will take is still uncertain but the writing seems to be on the wall: to work at […]

Multimedia package: China’s explosive growth

When The New York Times tackled the significant story of environmental consequences of China’s economic development, the producers bundled the print story together with three typical online media forms on the Web site: an audio slideshow, a video, and a graphic two-fer containing a lovely interactive map and a helpful animated graph. Choking on Growth: […]

Journalists’ Toolkit: A new class

This year I have the opportunity to teach two brand-new classes, Journalists’ Toolkit 1 and 2. I developed these classes in the hope that one day soon, our College of Journalism and Communications can start a professional master’s in journalism. (Right now we have a budget problem, thanks to the state legislature, so the plan […]

MVPs for July

Most visited posts on this blog from July 1 through August 1, according to Google Analytics: Newspaper video experts: What they’re doing Flash graphic: A clear and usable map Looking for a textbook for online journalism? Boot camp for VJs Basic kit: Gear for the multimedia reporter For that time period, 915 URLs were viewed […]

Staff journalists who blog: Two cases

Last week I had the good fortune to hear two daily journalist bloggers speak about their work. (This was at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, which I have written about here, here and here.) They were: Bridget Gutierrez, who writes the blog Get Schooled for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gutierrez covers K-12 education for the newspaper. […]