Month: January 2010

News with numbers

A friend of mine calls her journalism students “do-gooders who hate math.” But journalists need math skills to make sense of numbers the way they need language skills to make sense of words. The truth is, math is not rocket…

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How to engage Gen-Y in news

It’s a common complaint from college journalism professors: Their students, who say they want to be journalists, don’t actually follow the news. They’re on Facebook and YouTube all the time, says Michigan State’s Bob Gould, but even his broadcast journalism…

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A view from the future

What should a group of freshly-minted journalism and mass comm graduates know about the future that awaits them? I asked that question on several social networks to prepare for a recent commencement speech at the University of North Carolina at…

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New York Times VJ on Web video

Patrick Farrell is enthusiastic about what the future may hold for video storytelling.   As a video journalist for the New York Times,  Farrell is certainly working for one of the most robust online sites in the world. “Especially if you’re working…

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What national news covered in 2009

According to an outfit called Snapstream, there may be more substance in our network newscasts than TV journalists generally get credit for.  In its news release, Snapstream says it is a “service we run that lets you see how often words are mentioned,…

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Long-form video storytelling

When we used to talk about the advantages of the Web, we often mentioned the “bottomless newshole” – the ability to post more and longer stories online. We’ve learned a lot since then, most notably that the quality of the content definitely…

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