Sharing the passion of journalism

On Tuesday I had a pair of guest speakers — Melissa Lyttle (photojournalist) and Lane DeGregory (reporter) — talk about how they reported The Girl in the Window for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. My course is Reporting… Read More

Best online reporting (SPJ), 2007

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced its annual awards for best online reporting. I think we should take a moment to consider how this great reporting is presented online. Deadline Reporting (affiliated): Path of Destruction: Central Florida… Read More

The Miami Herald’s Pulitzer

First, it’s online: House of Lies (WARNING: It is NOISY!). Second, the Herald has posted a nice brief about the winning story, “which revealed developers took millions of dollars in taxpayer money to build affordable housing for the… Read More

Hiding your best stories from the world

So The Charleston Gazette, a small newspaper in West Virginia, won an IRE award for its investigative series about mine safety. After years of covering the coal industry, [reporter Ken Ward, Jr.] offers readers an unparalleled portrait of… Read More

Do numbers make your head hurt?

Several people have written recently about the need to convey data — statistical information — online and in journalism generally. They are correct! Especially with the ability to search and to convey the data with dynamic graphics —… Read More

Inglorious labor: The real work of journalism

In the years since Watergate, while journalists have been busy honing their ability to uncover hidden information, the world has become a place where the scarcity of info isn’t the biggest problem. Its proliferation is. And by and… Read More

Investigative story as multimedia package

In comments about the 2005 IRE Award Winners, the judges had this to say about the Bergen County (N.J.) Record’s top medal-winning story, Toxic Legacy: This work stood out not only for its exhaustive reporting and clear writing,… Read More