Still getting caught up after almost a week without blogging.

  • Democratic Debate: Analyzing the Details. The NYT has an interesting look at Thursday’s Democractic debate, with video, transcriptions, analysis and more. There’s a lot to like about how far this pushes interactivity and deep reading. What’s not to like is the fact the video autoplays when you focus on the page, something that drives me nuts when I have a dozen or more browser tabs open and am just flipping by. Note to producers: we are smart enough to find the play button.
  • Can newspapers afford editors? There’s a great discussion going on here, kicked off by this post by Alan Mutter, who generated a hefty number of comments, then followed it up with The ‘eyes’ have it and drew even more talk. Let’s fire all the copy editors is Doug Fisher’s astute contribution (with links to others), and Bill Walsh makes The Case for Copy Editing. This is a great discussion that needs to take place as newsrooms shrink and the work gets reassigned, or even unassigned.
  • Snakes on the plains? Alan Mutter neatly takes down the Oklahoman for its less than stellar practice of journalism. Stuff like this, which is thankfully rare but not unheard of, drives me nuts.
  • Ten changes in 10 years for journalists. Paul Bradshaw charts the sweeping changes of the past decade that are reshaping journalism. And, if you like lists, there’s the enjoyable 25 Things I’ve Learned About Journalism at 10,
  • Talking Points Memo’s Polk Award a Major Step Forward. This is not a journalism award for a blogger, it is a journalism award for a journalist whose primary platform is his blog. Subtle distinction, perhaps, and still a “major step forward” in validating the work that goes on outside the big media tent. More good news abut the new possibilities for journalism: Witt’s Representative Journalism Funded for $51,000.
  • I am spending way too much time at this site.
  • We are not educators, and we long for the past. Mindy McAdams is puzzled by a couple of recent comments from journalists and I’m not sure which is worse: the journalists who insist educating the public is not their job or the journalist who wondered when e-paper would be available in broadsheet size.