Write or Die (motto: Putting the Prod in Productivity) is an interesting tool to help journalists-to-be get to that magical point where they have the confidence to write quickly. The web-based tool (there’s a desktop app; more on that later) lets you set a word-count target and a time limit, then gives you a writing [...]
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, [...]
Major web buzz now for Canon’s newly-announced 5D Mark II, the 21MP, 1080i HD video- and stills-shooting machine. This thing will shoot 12 minutes of HD video that’s stored as .mov files. The website NRK Beta reports the resulting files can be dropped into Final Cut Pro with no conversion for right-away editing. The most [...]
Updated on April 25, 2009: Reader Bill Greenburg has emailed me about soople, saying it is an attack site. When you Google soople, it now gives you a warning that the site that “this site may harm your computer.” Jonathan Dube has tipped readers of his Poynter column Web Tips to a new way of [...]
Interesting site here on common English usage errors, with links to commonly misused and misunderstood words. (The list is a little overwhelming; if you’re looking for something specific, use the browser’s Find function.) The site is from Washington State University, so there’s an American slant to things. You an follow up anything you learn there [...]
St. Petersburg Times reporter Bill Adair remembers covering his first political campaign with a Radio Shack TRS-80 (a very early laptop, affectionately known as a TRASH-80). What does he carry in his backpack in 2004? A laptop, cell phone, digital camera and more.