Monthly Archives: October 2006

A super-powered map

Take a look at Neighboroo, a new mapping site that features loads of layered data. It’s basically an AJAX-powered version of the maps created using GIS. By clicking through the different tabs, I just learned bunches of information about my … Continue reading

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Sigh. I’m a cut-and-paste ‘expert.’

More interesting comments have come in regarding my previous student advice post. But pay particular attention to the remarks of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune‘s Lucas Grindley. Take note, future interns and recent hires, as Grindley writes: “When folks send me their … Continue reading

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The Onion’s take on ‘human interest’

That bastion of humorous journalism, The Onion, has just unleashed a hilarious parody of a human interest piece that every editor and writer should read. Meet “Brighton resident Tom Carling, 42,” a walking well of human interest pieces. Note in … Continue reading

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Easy online publishing tools for the masses

Online Journalism Review has published a great guide to simple online publishing tools. The list is mostly for beginners. It’s an excellent starting point for anyone interested in this stuff. There isn’t any crazy server configuration here; just some easy-to-use … Continue reading

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Alligator pulls out the stops for Danny Rolling execution

Take a look at today’s online Independent Florida Alligator for a great example of a college paper covering a huge event for its community. Make sure to check out the section titled “Profiles” Danny Rolling was the man convicted of … Continue reading

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Advice for young journalists

The constant, nagging question in our industry today is what to do about the future of news. Students are that future, and it’s imperative that those of us out in the trenches give them the best guidance possible. I recently … Continue reading

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Where’s the link?

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune published a whopper of a story today, revealing the identity of the priest who says he had an inappropriate relationship with a young, now-disgraced Rep. Mark Foley. As the national media picked up the story, it’s appalling … Continue reading

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YouTube’s greatest hits

Slate has put together a fun historical gallery of YouTube’s greatest videos. Among the favorites: two Israeli girls lip-syncing, Stephen Colbert’s roast of President Bush, Lonelygirl15‘s escapades, Michelle Malkin‘s rant and more. Makes you look back and see what a … Continue reading

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The crowded media landscape

To help explain how journalism has changed in the last ten years, I tried to give my University of Florida brethren a picture of how the media landscape has been altered by so many choices. While this is not complete … Continue reading

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Share your wisdom with UF students

Next week I’ll be speaking to a group of first-year journalism students at the University of Florida who are just learning to love their dog-eared AP stylebooks. They (and my former professor) are expecting me to help give them an … Continue reading

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Ethics for the Web, Poynter style

The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. is attempting to spearhead an effort to create a set of guidelines for online news ethics. For a long time, I’ve been appalled by the lack of consistency in newspapers’ online correction policies … Continue reading

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Political ads, powerfully archived

The Washington Post has a neat feature called Mixed Messages in which they have archived televised campaign ads and archived them according to various criteria, such as state, party, characters, topics, narrator gender and so on. I can just imagine … Continue reading

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