The usual mixed bag as I wade through all the posts that have piled up during my time away from blogging.

  • Question for the academic types–interview requests. Nice post by Tara Smith, an academic, on dealing with interview requests and interviews. It’s not the usual bad-reporter rant: she’s kicked off a discussion that you might want to contribute to.
  • On Editing. A list of ideas dealing with feature film editing but with some value to those of us attempting to understand new ways of telling stories. Via Angela Grant.
  • Are we too hung up on non-linear storytelling? Paul Bradshaw follows the research and asks whether we’re getting too far ahead of what readers want. Definite implications to this that I need to work through before I resume teaching in the fall.
  • Baltimore Photojournalists Challenge Corporate Policy. Dennis Dunleavy does not sound encouraged about the way newspaper journalism is developing.
  • News From Frontlines of Online News Publishing. Len Witt passes along an email exchange about one company’s experiences with starting an online-only daily newspaper.
  • Online Map Craze Helps People Visualize Data. Mark Glaser’s in-depth look at how Google Maps has spawned a revolution has several implications for newspapers, some linked to storytelling and some in introducing the potential for a host of information-providing competitors.
  • Death by copyright. Not journalism related, but vitally interesting. The web site provides many examples (no doubt breaking copyright rules a time or two along the way) of how copyright is used to create intellectual monopolies. It’s Canadian, but the issues are universal.