Happy daylight savings time. Some reading for the longer days:

  • Primary sources? You don’t need ‘em. Trust us. Jon Udell looks at how last week’s American Department of Justice report on the FBI was covered and finds, after plumbing some Google search results, only 12 news sources that linked to the full report and 42 that didn’t. Among the “didn’ts” are some big names, including ABC, the Guardian and the Washington Post.com.
  • What is the role of an online managing editor? According to an excellent post by Rob Curley, the job eentails just about everything from the conceptual to the highly hands-on. The post works as a great guide to the possibilities for online journalism as well.
  • ‘Photographers don’t ask questions.’ Juan Antonio Giner passes along news of press conference with two South American leaders that was only open to shooters, and quotes the president of Argentina as saying, “I like photographers, they don’t ask questions.” Maybe while we’re busy shoving high-tech toys into the hands of reporters, we should be shoving notebooks and pens into the hands of the shooters.
  • Compression Tutorial: The Basics [part one]. A solid look at the dark art of compressing video for the web, from the increasingly-valuable Richard Hernandez at Multimedia Shooter.
  • Update 1: Four types of online video journalism. In a recent post I broke newspaper video down into two types — story-showing and storytelling. Paul Bradshaw, who lectures in online journalism in England, doubles up and identifies four different types of online video journalism. He also offers some valuable advice on when to pick the video camera up.
  • Update 2: Open Congress. Douglas Fisher votes for the Sunshine Foundation’s Opencongress.org as coolest new web site. After taking a look at the bill- and vote-tracking site (that’s an oversimplification; it’s much more than that) I agree. Where a version for Canada?