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Apr 8

Why Roger Ebert was a good writer

parislemon:

Roy Peter Clark for Poynter:

According to traditional standards of newspaper writing, this lead should be a disaster.  It is 79 words long, most of them in that first rambling sentence.  It begins not with the news but with a subordinate clause.  There are no concrete nouns.  No strong active verbs.  Why, then, do I think it works so well?

In a word, it has voice.

Any experienced writer can master the short snappy sentence.  It takes a good writer to master the long sentence, the one that takes the reader on a journey of discovery, the one that leads you to a special place you could not have imagined when you stepped on board the bus.

This is exactly why I loved reading Ebert. And, truth be told, it’s the same style of writing that I’ve tried to put forth. Any success that I’ve had as a writer, I’d attribute directly to that notion: voice. Of course, I’m nowhere near Ebert’s level of expertise — give me 40 years.

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journolist:

What I think when I read news in the business section. 

journolist:

What I think when I read news in the business section. 

Why I left news – Sticky Valentines
… “This is the real reason why I left news: I finally came to accept that the vanity of a byline was keeping me in a job that left me physically and emotionally exhausted, yet supremely unsatisfied.” …

Why I left news – Sticky Valentines

… “This is the real reason why I left news: I finally came to accept that the vanity of a byline was keeping me in a job that left me physically and emotionally exhausted, yet supremely unsatisfied.” …

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - Falling Slowly

krochmal:

(via 6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know)

krochmal:

(via 6 Portrait Lighting Patterns Every Photographer Should Know)

Project Argo, meet Project Largo: Open source code finds new use in the sites of nonprofit news orgs » Nieman Journalism Lab

shaneguiter:

Project Argo was a project at NPR, funded by the Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to build topic-based verticals at member stations around the country. Those 12 beat blogs — on immigration in California, higher education in Minnesota, oceans and climate in Boston — were built on a set of WordPress-based tools built under the Argo banner.

Argo’s funding ended after two years (most of the blogs live on), but what lived on technologically speaking were those tools — themes, plugins, and lessons. The code lives on GitHub, but as many open source projects have discovered, the fact that code exists in the open is no guarantee that it will ever be used.

Enter Largo, which (loosely) stands for “longform Argo.” Largo was begun by INN in hopes of repurposing what Argo built for iterative blogging for a more traditional news site. Adam Schweigert, INN’s director of technology, was the lead developer on the Largo Project — or as he put it, the man in charge of asking the question, “What should nonprofit investigative news organizations look like on the web?” Most of INN’s members are small shops without much in the way of either tech capacity or excess budget.

Mar 9
How to take a photography portrait in 10 minutes | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

How to take a photography portrait in 10 minutes | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

Mar 7

On the National Security Beat: Journalism schools experiment with drones as newsgathering tools, but worry about privacy

natsecbeat:

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By ELLEN SHEARER
Medill National Security Journalism Initiative

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for commercial and law enforcement use in the United States is under increased scrutiny as the Federal Aviation Administration moves forward on implementing laws to regulate…

Feb 8

Hitler Gets Angry When Live Shot Fails