Some late-in-the-day surfing led to these:

  • Reporters Without Borders issues its 2007 annual press freedom survey. As chilling as any recent reports from this invaluable watchdog body. Regularly visiting RWB’s web site keeps me aware that there are much bigger issues than whether newspapers should be using high- or low-cost video equipment.
  • 12 and a half rules to be a good journalist. The grammar’s a little off, but it’s an interesting list. Via Howard Owens.
  • Nothing in particular to point to (although there’s a lot there), I just really like Mathew’s redesign.
  • Dangerously disconnected. Alan Mutter’s latest in-depth look at newspapers hits so many nails square on their heads. I encourage anyone wrestling with the question of what newspapers should be to go read.
  • A Rough Year for News Magazines. looks at the continuing decline in the fortunes of the big three U.S. newsmagazines.
  • Newspaper Video:Editing and Apps. Part 3. Andy Dickinson wraps up his must-read series of articles on video editing apps, concentrating on the free and low-cost programs available on all three platforms. Great thanks to Andy for pulling all this stuff together, so all I need to do is point my students at it.
  • An idea for training multimedia journalists. Speaking of students, Mindy McAdams suggests all journalism students should be required to own (and presumably regularly use) a laptop, a low-cost digital audio recorder with a decent mic and a point-and-shoot digital camera capable of shooting video. Agreed.