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 […]

Continue reading about Write or Die: Nice tool for learning to write quickly

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, […]

Continue reading about Becoming a better journalist: some tools

Mark on September 21st, 2008

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 […]

Continue reading about Game changer? (updated)

Mark on February 29th, 2004

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 […]

Continue reading about Searching made simpler (Updated)

Mark on February 25th, 2004

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 […]

Continue reading about More help with English

Mark on February 23rd, 2004

John Rains, a newspaper writing coach in North Carolina, has a Weblog that offers advice, tips and guidance to keep your writing fresh. Worth checking out and bookmarking for occasional updates.

Continue reading about Keep learning

Mark on February 17th, 2004

Dow Jones wants its reporters and editors to stop using spell checkers in an effort to cut down on errors

Continue reading about Banning spellcheckers

Mark on February 3rd, 2004

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.

Continue reading about Hitting the road