Monthly Archives: September 2006

Tales from the reporters’ blogs

From the National Writers’ Workshop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Reporters from the newspaper triumvirate of South Florida came together as a panel to speak of the joys and dangers inherent in blogging. Palm Beach Post entertainment columnist Leslie Gray Streeter, … Continue reading

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Where the writers come to learn

Never before in this blog have I been so afraid to misplace a comma, write a cliché or deliver a spectacular grammatical gaffe. Authors, reporters and wannabe scribes have gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. this weekend for the annual National … Continue reading

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YouTube celeb ‘Lazydork’ is a Miami-Dade prosecutor

The Miami Herald reported today that “lazydork,” a YouTube star famous for rapping in his pajamas, is actually Richard Stern, a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. In one YouTube video (see below), he raps: “Couldn’t get more smiles … Continue reading

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Fun with the New York Times’ new Reader Beta

I got a wonderful little surprise last night in my inbox: an invitation to check out the New York Times’ brand spankin’ new Times Reader Beta. The Times Reader offers a new way to read the Times using an application … Continue reading

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More Web 2.0 than you can handle

Lost Remote tracked down a fabulous listing of Web 2.0 companies. Some of the names, such as Facebook, Google, flickr and more will be familiar. To be frank, I haven’t heard of the overwhelming majority of these sites. Take a … Continue reading

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YouTube phenom Lonelygirl15 revealed as hoax

YouTube star “Lonelygirl15,” who claimed to be a quirky homeschooled teenager named Bree, turns out to be Jessica Rose, a 21-year-old film actress and the product of a creative agency that intends to make a movie out of the whole … Continue reading

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LA Times reporter ventures into ‘Girls Gone Wild’ world

Claire Hoffman of the LA Times has written an amazing piece on soft-core porn Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis. What is interesting about this story is that it is told heavily from Hoffman’s point of view and in the … Continue reading

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How comics can invigorate your storytelling

In today’s journalism, where different storytelling mediums have come together, it is worth taking a second look at the many graphic novels that now populate bookstore shelves. Graphic novels, what some consider glorified comic books or “sequential art,” have increasingly … Continue reading

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Rob Curley heading to the Washington Post

Online journalism guru Rob Curley is packing his bags to go to the Washington Post, according to Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits. If you’re not familiar with Curley, he’s the guy who wracked up awards with his revamp of and has … Continue reading

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Find reusable photos easily

Lifehacker has a splendid post on how to find cheap or free photos that you can use in your blogs, web designs and more. Some of the tips include using a Creative Commons search interface, user-edited Wikimedia Commons, CCHits and … Continue reading

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Google sniffing for old news stories

Google gets even closer to the news industry by launching a service to search newspapers archives dating back to the 1700s, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. Google offers robust document scanning capabilities, and I fear it may in … Continue reading

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From SND: A new way to read The New York Times

The‘s Neil Chase demonstrated new software at SND that will give users a reading experience that is closer to reading the physical paper. And it looks sweet! To see the Times‘ own write-up about it, visit: This feature uses Windows … Continue reading

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