Mark on September 7th, 2009

Charlie Smith, who used to teach with us at Kwantlen before he was named editor of The Georgia Straight and made too busy to teach, had the best advice I’ve ever heard for student success. Charlie’s three simple rules for students were: show up, pay attention and do the work. Do those three, he’d tell […]

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Mark on July 15th, 2009

There are a wealth of tools and sites for learning out there for upgrading journalism skills and learning new ones. Some links to what I have recently come across: • Both the Reuter’s Handbook of Journalism and the CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices handbook are available to all online. These should be of interest to students, […]

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Mark on April 17th, 2009

Back when I slung words for a living, I spent as much time as anyone lamenting the inverted pyramid. It’s part of the newsroom culture to deride the beast as soul-destroying, not-real writing and just plain ugly. But I’ve crossed over to the heretical side when it comes to the combination of summary lede and […]

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Mark on March 23rd, 2009

Media reporting of medical studies isn’t broken, but it does have a major crack in it. Fortunately, it would be easy enough to fix, if we can convince those who write about medical studies to stray from the current template. Here’s the template, courtesy of a recent Vancouver Sun article. The study may not be […]

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Mark on March 6th, 2009

@alainsaffel kicked off a bit of a discussion this morning, with this tweet: With huge cuts in journalism jobs, nobody’s asking the question: when are journalism schools going to close? Several of us kicked it around, 140 characters at a time, for a half-hour or so, without coming to conclusions, of course, because Twitter works […]

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Mark on January 10th, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt ruffled some media feathers last week when he spoke about the unfortunate situation newspapers are in, but said he doesn’t know what Google can do to help. This brought out the Google-owes-newspapers crowd in force, of course, but it also brought out some thoughtful commentators who offered some real ideas that […]

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Mark on January 8th, 2009

Expanding on yesterday evening’s post. I need to be clear that I am not arguing or expecting that newspapers instantly change. Right now, effort has to go into maintaining newspapers. The mass-media, value-for-everybody model — even if it is dying — needs to continue. Print still carries the water and newspapers need to be broadly-based […]

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Mark on December 20th, 2008

This is the second in a series of short posts, where I attempt to pick out the most significant developments of 2008. Twitter. Thoughts, ideas, headlines, jokes, random musings, status updates…all at 140 characters a pop. Twitter went mainstream this year and, more importantly from my point of view, started to emerge as an almost […]

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Mark on December 1st, 2008

The new land in the sand in the media vs. internet wars seems to have been drawn over Twitter, particularly Twitter and the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. A lot has been written, primarily by mainstream media pundits, that basically goes: yeah, Twitter is nice, but it doesn’t replace the need for real journalists. Which is […]

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Mark on December 1st, 2008

Digital News Initiative UC Berkeley from richard hernandez on Vimeo. Richard Koci Hernandez shows all the visual creativity we have come to associate him with in explaining what he’s been up to since leaving the San Jose Mercury News. Sounds like an amazing j-program. I first saw this, posted by Chuck Fadely, at the Newspaper […]

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