I’m dragging around too many open browser tabs. Here’s what some of them contain. (I may post more later today, after class.)
- Eight things that journalism students should demand from their journalism schools. A great post from Robert Niles for both students and instructors. I’d like to think I’m doing a fairly good job with most of the items on the list, but I have to make sure my students see this and react to it.
- Newspapers get the kind of communities they deserve. Mathew Ingram, who herds the cats for the Globe & Mail, has some wise words on what it takes to build and maintain online community.
- The temptation of stories. Some journalists may sniff at David Weinberger’s post because “he’s not a working journalist and can’t possibly understand.” That would be unfortunate.
- The Great Debate on Micropayments and Paid Content. I’m getting a little tired of the sheer volume of stuff written about newspapers, websites and charging for it. But Mark Glaser’s two-part post is as good a read as any on the issue (and the issues.) Link above is the first part, part two is here.
- Aviary Myna: The best web-based audio editor yet. File under your tools bookmark, because Brad Linder says this is a great site to have in the toolbox.
- Story structure for the Web. Deborah Potter, at Advancing the Story, recaps a presentation by Jacqui Banaszynski with five simple guidelines for effective storytelling. Seems to me, they work as well for print as they do for online.
- Where to find the best online interactive maps. More from the invaluable 10,000 Words, which you should all be reading regularly.
- Stop Giving the Newspapers Your Advice – They Don’t Need It. Here’s the lede (and the reason you should follow the link and read on): “…the news industry doesn’t suffer from a shortage of ideas or possible revenue models, it suffers from a different but more acute malady: being an institution during a time of disruptive change.”