General

Mark on December 10th, 2011

After four frustrating hours of fighting with WordPress, databases and FTP, the blog is back. I haven’t checked all the posts yet, so it’s likely that there are still missing images and files, something I’ll have to see to over the next couple of days. Note: Any bookmarks you have to any of these pages […]

Continue reading about And, I’m back

Mark on November 24th, 2011

I’m in the middle of developing a new Computer Programming for Journalists course for the spring semester. I want to put some of my thoughts on this out there so that people who are smarter than I am can prod it a little, point out the holes, make suggestions, etc. This is an exposure course. […]

Continue reading about Programming journalists: A little help, please

Mark on November 17th, 2011

Lists of books that journalists or journalists-to-be should read aren’t hard to find. Inspired by one of the latest (A Reading List for Future Journalists at the Columbia Journalism Review), I asked second-year students what inspired and informed them. They came up with a great list and solid explanations. Two things: There is a wide […]

Continue reading about What my students read: A booklist

Mark on August 17th, 2011

Most of what follows is pretty close to conventional wisdom, at least among the folks I talk to and read. I don’t have any particular claim to expertise: this is the result of closely following a decade or more worth of news about the news, thinking as deeply as I can, and absorbing what I […]

Continue reading about Some thoughts about newspapers

Mark on July 18th, 2011

What follows is the first draft of an article I intend to direct students to. It’s not a manifesto, or in-depth teaching philosophy, or anything of that sort: it’s more a collection of observations. Other teachers — and students — are encouraged use the comments to react to these, argue against them or add to […]

Continue reading about For students (A work in progress)

Mark on January 2nd, 2011

Every once in a while, I have the urge to consolidate the scattered pieces of the online me. And every time I try to bring those pieces in, the web keeps dragging me back out again. The last time I redid this blog, the intent was to consolidate: continue the journalism-related blogging, pull in my […]

Continue reading about The web keeps dragging me back out

I’m no good at predictions. An example: when the video-enabled iPod was released, I raved a little about the thing but noted that I didn’t see much point in adding video. So, I don’t have predictions for 2011, but here are a few things I’d like to see in the new year. (1) Media organizations […]

Continue reading about No predictions, but here’s what I’d like to see (updated)

Mark on September 24th, 2010

On the newspaper front, it seems there has been more cause for fiscal optimism over the last little while. The mantra that “you need to support us because we are good for you” (which tends to put reading newspapers on par with, say, eating broccoli), has slowly given ground to cautious and understated optimism about […]

Continue reading about When newspapers charge, where will my money go?

Mark on September 9th, 2010

I tweeted this this morning… The problem isn’t coverage of the Koran-burning idiot; it is that we are not yet used to a world in which there is too much journalism. …and got a little push-back, including this from a former student… such a thing as too much journalism? that doesn’t sound right coming from […]

Continue reading about An interim age of too much journalism?

Mark on July 7th, 2010

Continue reading about Spain vs. Germany: On the streets of Vancouver