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And Remember, this Is for Posterity | Mozilla Source OpenNews project


Jacob Harris on the hows and whys of designing interactives to survive the future


Narrative journalists rarely think about this infrastructure. It’s just there for everything they write, because everything they write goes through the CMS and there are strong archival and financial reasons to syndicate, index and archive that content for posterity. But, then there’s us data journalists. Remember, we decided to pitch our tents outside the CMS so we can build exciting and new types of interactive website experiences. Which often means that our work is invisible in this greater world. It doesn’t show up in site search. It doesn’t show up in Google News. It isn’t rankable on the homepage. Our projects look like they belong to the website, but they are also fundamentally apart and often invisible when running. When they are mothballed, they can vanish almost completely.

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Woke up to some really sad news today: Dr. Lee Thornton, a former CNN and CBS correspondent — and my former UMD journalism/documentary professor — died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Thornton was a trailblazing and award-winning journalist. She was the first African American woman to cover the White House beat for a major news network, and the first African American woman to host the weekend edition of NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She joined UMD’s Merrill College in 1997 to educate a new generation of journalists — many of whom have gone on to win awards and become successful journalists themselves. No doubt, her accolades are many, and her death, a shock to the journalism community.

I met Dr. Thornton in the fall of 2008, when I was a graduate student at Merrill. At the time, she was serving as the interim dean of the college. Despite her busy role that year, she accepted my request to teach a documentary class the following spring semester (her documentary class was one of the reasons why I decided to attend UMD’s journalism school). The experience was invaluable, and the skills I gained go beyond the world of journalism and documentary filmmaking — they extend to understanding people, relationships and everyday life.

Dr. Thornton was not only a professor, but also a mentor that offered me endless encouragement — from chasing stories and promoting my work to pursuing new opportunities that would help advance my career.

After writing a letter of recommendation for me last year, she sent this email: “You, young lady, are going to go so far. That I had even a tiny bit to do with it will forever be a quiet joy. Know that I’ll always be cheering on the sidelines.”

Thank you for everything, Dr. T. I owe you so much, and will miss you.

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Journalism is forced to re-invent itself at regular intervals and always has been[,] whenever the changing context of economics, law, technology and culture shifts the ground beneath it. Re-invention and experiment are the only constants in journalism’s history.
George Brock, Head of Journalism at City University London, argues that journalism is not in peril and that innovation has always been a part of the industry in his new book, Out of Print. He lays out some of his reasoning in Spike the gloom – journalism has a bright future. (via onaissues)

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The talent first. That is the reason Michael’s death was news to so many people who didn’t know him personally, the reason his stories hit a nerve almost without fail.

Michael’s journalistic roots were in the 1970s, in gonzo writers like Hunter S. Thompson who flung their bodies at the story, and often got hurt. He had been badly hurt once: His fiancée was killed in Baghdad in January of 2007, when he was a Newsweek reporter there, and her death was still utterly raw to him when he published his first book, I Lost My Love In Baghdad.

And then the other part: He knew how to tell it. He knew that there are certain truths that nobody has an interest in speaking, ones that will make both your subjects and their enemies uncomfortable. They’re stories that don’t get told because nobody in power has much of an interest in telling them — the story, for instance, of how a president is getting rolled by his generals.

In a way, Michael was born too late: He wrote with the sort of commitment of the generation of reporters shaped by the government’s lies about Vietnam, not by the triumphalism of the 1990s or the reflexive patriotism of the years after 9/11. He was surer than most of us that power is, presumptively, not to be trusted. Writers of his courage and talent are so rare, and he was taken way too soon. There are few like him. We will miss him terribly.

Missing Michael Hastings

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Longreads: Reading List: 21 Outstanding Stories from Women's Magazines and Websites



Are women’s magazines avoiding “serious journalism”? Guess it all depends on who’s deciding what’s serious.

The New Republic asks that question in a new article, and our biggest problem with this debate (and, to be honest, the term “longform journalism”) is that it can often run everything through a male-skewed filter of what counts as “serious journalism.” We’ve seen serious storytelling in both.

The other problem is that we’re still relying on National Magazine Awards and print-only publishers to reflect the zeitgeist. I’ve mentioned that 65% of all #longreads started out in print, but we also should spotlight the work of online publishers who are pursuing in-depth storytelling.

So, here’s a start: 21 stories from women’s magazines and sites that we’ve featured on Longreads.

(Source: longreads)

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What journalists need to know about Twitter’s expanded lists | Poynter.


Before Twitter updated its lists feature last week, users could create only 20 lists with 500 accounts in each; now, they can create 1,000 lists with 5,000 accounts in each. The update impacts the role Twitter plays as an international news source by enabling journalists to be even more organized and save time as they gather, report and share news and information.

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The incomparable A. J. Liebling wrote once that there are three kinds of journalists: the reporter, who says what he’s seen; the interpretive reporter, who says what he thinks is the meaning of what he’s seen; and the expert, who says what he thinks is the meaning of what he hasn’t seen. The first two—reporters and interpretive reporters—have been largely undermined by economics and incuriosity. But the third category never stops growing. We are now a nation of experts, with millions of people who know the meaning of everything that they haven’t actually experienced.
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker (via @LineHolm1)

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The president and CEO of the Associated Press says sources are less willing to talk to the wire service in the wake of the phone records scandal.


Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans’ information from all news outlets.

Pruitt told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the government has no business monitoring the AP’s newsgathering activities.

“And if they restrict that apparatus … the people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know and that’s not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment,” he said.

A lawsuit has not been ruled out, but next moves haven’t been decided as of yet.

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