Archive For The “Digital Journalism” Category

WNPR Live Town Hall: “The Press, The President, And The Public”

By | February 21, 2017

What’s the role of the local press in a Donald Trump presidency? WNPR invited me to participate in a live town hall discussion of the topic on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, with Hartford Courant Publisher Andrew Julien and Journal Inquirer Managing Editor Chris Powell. (I start talking around the 12-minute mark.)

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The harbinger of our hateful electorate? Look no further than online comments

By | December 18, 2016

The contentious post-election climate has left many Americans wondering how our democracy became so spiteful. I think it’s time to heap some blame on online comments. The ability to say offensive things online on a daily basis without consequences has led to new, and more harmful, norms for civic behavior. Toxic fuming online, ad hominem […]

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Why diversity in newsrooms matters, now more than ever

By | November 30, 2016

“[News] is the product of a bunch of people sitting in a room, using their own best judgment. Their own best judgment is shaped by their own lives. If you do not have people in that room who lived a very wide array of different types of lives, your publication will have holes.” —Hamilton Nolan, […]

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Highlights from #ASJA2016

By | May 22, 2016

[View the story “Key insights from#ASJA2016” on Storify]

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What journalists should realize about social media: A poem, of sorts

By | April 26, 2016

What is social media? It’s a billboard a live broadcast channel an archive and a library. It’s also a conversation. Unscripted and unpredictable. A customer service feedback line and a crowd-sourcing tool. It’s a polling center a debate arena an angry mob and an echo chamber. Social media is a snark machine. It offers publishing […]

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Highlights from 2015 AOJ Minority Writers Seminar

By | November 29, 2015

Association of Opinion Journalists hosted a Minority Writers Seminar on Nov. 12-17, 2015 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. The diverse group of participants, myself included, hailed from all over the country and included freelance writers, full-time news reporters, editorial writers, academics and college students. I’m the one in blue in the middle […]

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To Comment or Not To Comment

By | October 7, 2015

I spend a lot of my time mulling over ways for journalists to elevate online discourse on news stories. Below is a presentation I gave at the 2015 Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando, FL on September 18. Joining me was Talia Stroud of the Engaging News Project. My prepared script for “To Comment or […]

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35 Things I Learned at #ONA15 in LA

By | October 7, 2015

    Social networks are changing from open to closed. See WhatsApp, FireChat, Weibo. These are private spaces, invite only. New/old sourcing skills required for journalists looking for access. Finding reliable sources via social still boils down to relationships, journalism verification skills, ethics. Use Twitter lists. It helps you organize your sources. Vicarious trauma is […]

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Why Journalism Education

By | September 8, 2015

Journalists are more than storytellers. We are more than researchers. Journalism requires skill and bravery, a strong ethical center, flexibility and creativity, social skills, technical smarts and an inherent desire to serve the public and the greater good. It is dynamic and important and still one of the best jobs in the world. Let’s nurture […]

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Drones Fly Into My Path of Discovery

By | May 29, 2015

One of the best aspects of working as a journalist is the profession’s unanticipated path of discovery — and opportunity. My newly found knowledge of drones is a recent example of this. It started in late July 2014 when an editor/friend at The Hartford Courant asked me if I’d be willing to write an essay […]

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