Tuesday, October 7, 2014

This week from Nieman Lab #ccourses

This American Life tries to turn its radio audience onto podcasting with its new show Serial and more

This American Life tries to turn its radio audience onto podcasting with its new show Serial: This week from Nieman Lab

Nieman Lab: The Weekly Digest
Saturday, October 4, 2014

This American Life tries to turn its radio audience onto podcasting with its new show Serial

What does a hyper-successful public radio franchise incubating its first spinoff tell us about the state of podcasting? By Caroline O'Donovan.

A mixed bag on apps: What The New York Times learned with NYT Opinion and NYT Now

The two apps were part of the paper's plan to increase digital subscribers through smaller, targeted offerings. Now, with staff cutbacks on the way, one app is being shuttered and the other is being adjusted. By Joseph Lichterman and Justin Ellis.

The newsonomics of new cutbacks at The New York Times

The Times found success with its first round of paywalls, disappointment with its second. Is it hitting a paid-content ceiling? By Ken Doctor.

With limited time to revamp WNYC's Schoolbook, John Keefe decided to take his team on the road

The new Schoolbook will have targeted emails, major content partnerships, three languages, and more — and building it took just seven days. By Caroline O'Donovan.

Why The Daily Pennsylvanian is spending $100,000 over the next two years to foster innovation

The University of Pennsylvania student newspaper is looking for innovative students on its staff — and from outside the paper. By Joseph Lichterman.

Q&A: The FT's Gillian Tett on separating digital from print and tailoring news to new reading habits

"What is changing is people are actually saying, Okay, how are consumers, our readers, actually consuming the news?" By Justin Ellis.
Via Fuego: News from around the web
White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known
The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.
Does it matter that some New York Times editors and writers don't tweet? Yes and no
BuzzFeed recently ran a post on what it called the New York Times ' "Twitter graveyard," which turned out to be a list of accounts set up by the newspaper's editorial staff that are either dormant or unused, including some that still have the default egg avatar given to Twitter newbies.
Back in 2011, I was small part of the Occupy Wall Street movement (occasionally helping stock the kitchen and First Aid tents in Zuccotti Park), so arriving in Hong Kong, I had a sense of what Occupy Central with Love and Peace would look like.
What We're Doing To Keep Building A Diverse Editorial Operation
As we enter another round of intense growth and hiring, I thought it was important to make clear our vision and to put out numbers that will help keep us accountable - to you, to our readers, and to others in our industry who care.
Armed contractor with criminal record was on elevator with Obama in Atlanta
A security contractor with a gun and three convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident. Obama was not told about the lapse in his security, these people said.
Three things traditional media could learn from a crowdfunded Dutch news site
Just over a year ago, a Dutch news site called De Correspondent made a fairly spectacular debut - raising more than $1.7 million from about 20,000 people, in what is still one of the world's most successful journalistic crowdfunding efforts. And how is the site doing now?
At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert
The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world. But these aren't just any customers. They are regulars at the CIA Starbucks.
Secret Service fumbled response after gunman hit White House residence in 2011
The gunman parked his black Honda directly south of the White House, in the dark of a November night, in a closed lane of Constitution Avenue. He pointed his semiautomatic rifle out of the passenger window, aimed directly at the home of the president of the United States, and pulled the trigger.
BuzzFeed News/Columbia Journalism School Investigative Reporting Fellowship For Journalists Of Color And Other Diverse Backgrounds
In an effort to expand opportunities for journalists of color and other diverse backgrounds, BuzzFeed News and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism are sponsoring a year-long investigative reporting fellowship. In recent years, diversity in the newsroom has regressed.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The #newsonomics of how & why: This week from @NiemanLab

since my own "pseudo-journalism" is community blogging, e.g. computer mediated writing, I figured this belongs here. So does whatever I end up writing about #clmooc. The two don't seem much related, but then again I don't teach writing anymore. I blog. Sometimes I blog about teaching and learning but usually from a workplace/labor perspective. So I'll just add more pictures to everything. Whatever. Look for a tool that will be useful with what I do instead of teaching. And I'll share stuff to people who might use it for teaching. 

The newsonomics of how and why: This week from Nieman Lab
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The newsonomics of how and why

When people talk about explanatory journalism, the focus is on new players like Vox and FiveThirtyEight, or on giants like the Times and the Post. But can connecting the dots trickle down to the local level? By Ken Doctor.

From Grumpy Cat to Ukraine: How Mashable is expanding beyond gadgets and apps

The site known for social media and tech coverage has hired nearly 30 more editorial staffers since October and, like BuzzFeed before it, is expanding into more general interest news. By Joseph Lichterman.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Registrations now open: @clmooc Jun13-Aug + @CampNaNoWriMoJuly!

…for more summer writing & whatever fun & frolic. Wait, didn't I (over)do last year too, doubling up? Yes, but this is another year, another device (just one but younger) and a faster connection. Whatever....
We just opened the Camp NaNoWriMo gates for our July session!
You've visited Camp before, so you know the drill:
  • Flexible word-count goals, from 10,000 to 999,999.
  • Choose-your-own projects: write what you want, novel or not.
  • Virtual cabins populated with like-minded writers.
We hope you're ready to write your next great novel, short story collection, script, poetry portfolio, or anything else that strikes your fancy. And for our part, we're working on some new cabin development that you're definitely going to like.

For a little more convincing to come back for another round, check out this blog post from Lisa, one of our writers in Hawaii:
My first day at Camp gave me déjà vu, reminding me of childhood experiences of going off to camp, the shy girl suddenly faced with a group of strangers. Not to worry. My fellow cabin mates were welcoming and equally excited to tackle their Camp NaNo goals. Each day, I looked forward to checking in at my cabin and seeing what messages awaited me and my fellow campers, and to give feedback and support as the month wore on.
And all you need to do to join ius again? Head to Camp and log in.
Excited to create with you for another month,
Chris Angotti
Director of Programs

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The New Year's #Writing Resolution You Can Actually Keep

image of school desks…a variant of just write…a challenge but in a manageable chunk that you can make as small as you need to as long as it is every dayno exceptions…well, maybe two broken arms. Here's the rationale:

Most people fail at resolutions (at any time of year) for two reasons. The first is that they focus on outcomes (“lose 50 pounds”) rather than behaviors. The second is that they try to put massive changes into place all at once

The New Year's Writing Resolution You Can Actually Keep - Copyblogger

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Question Should be: Why Are You *Not* Blogging

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by writer; gives himself credit to modify!
 …agreed, even if I am behind on blogging on primary blogs (e.g. Mountair Arts, Poets & Writers Picnic and New Faculty Majority), there are the other ones. Starting a new blog is one way of avoiding "blog torment," although perhaps not the best one. That topic and blogging resistance dominate comments. The conversation this post generates is another plus. 

A final comment reminds us that, ultimately, we blog for ourselves. 

Alan Levine opens,
I don’t really have to explain why I blog. Actually I am compelled to. I cannot stand to NOT blog. It’s easy, and as I said in my first post, April 19, 2003, on a them self hosted MovableType blog- I Blog Therefore I Am.
It is for me, primarily, how I think through ideas, issues, and stuff that makes me want to puke. It is as much a part of my cognitive process.
In last week’s pre class discussion for the Program for Online Teaching Certificate Class I kind of jumped on someone in the chat who said “I do not have time to blog”. I was probably kind of rude, but I refuse to buy that as an excuse. It’s a copout.
 Read the rest at The Question Should be: Why Are You *Not* Blogging - CogDogBlog
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