Monthly Archives: March 2007

Taking a JibJab at the media

At last, the guys at JibJab have pointed their talents at us media folk with their new “What We Call The News.” The results are hilarious and biting (and particularly targeted at our TV brethren). From the song: “We interrupt … Continue reading

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Something smells over in Roanoke

When poo and journalism mix, the results can be quite enjoyable. Head on over to the Roanoke Times for a funny and well-done Soundslide about the “Dooty Diva,” a woman who has made it her job to clean dog droppings … Continue reading

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Poynter Eyetrack 2007 study says online readers read deep

The non-profit Poynter Institute has just released the preliminary results of its Eyetrack 2007 study, and some of the findings may be surprising to those who think online readers merely speed through news sites. From the Poynter article, titled ‘The … Continue reading

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Best of online color palette creators

Needing a quick color scheme for your site? Or, perhaps you don’t own a color wheel nor have the expertise to use one well. Enter the plethora of nifty online color palette generators. The latest and most AJAXy of them … Continue reading

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Tech blogger receives death threats

Kathy Sierra, photo by Brian Fitzgerald Kathy Sierra, who authors the Creating Passionate Users blog, canceled her appearance at a conference after she received several death threats laced with crude sexual imagery. Sierra details the frightening threats here. Now, the … Continue reading

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Extolling the art of blurbs and teasers online

Why do we so often overlook the art of writing witty, compelling headlines and blurbs online? Is it the breakneck pace of producing Web news? Is it the endless distractions of emerging technology? Does it really just come down to … Continue reading

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How the bad call on John Edwards’ campaign decision spread

Columbia Journalism Review’s Gal Beckerman has a thorough write-up on how the media’s prediction of John Edwards  closing down his campaign turned out to be astronomically wrong yesterday. The culprit, as it so often is, was a reporter relying on … Continue reading

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How Google Blog Search ranks your blog posts

New details about the methodology behind Google Blog Search results have been making the rounds of the blogosphere. According to the patent application, Google’s Blog Search uses two main criteria to determine how a post gets ranked: 1) A blog … Continue reading

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How to win multimedia contests

Richard Hernandez just keeps on dishing out great stuff on MultimediaShooter. His latest  endeavor is a rather funny slideshow on how to win awards. So true. Share it with the masses. [Via Teaching Online Journalism]

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Herald-Tribune database tracks bad Florida teachers

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has published ‘Broken Trust,’ a triumph of an investigation in which the staff revealed widespread problems with the way Florida handles complaints alleging abuse by teachers. Backing up the comprehensive graphic is an enormous database the Herald-Tribune … Continue reading

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WordPress plug-in love for Journalistopia

It was about time. I finally got around to upgrading this humble publication to WordPress 2.1.2, and boy is it swell. It has more robust options and better post editing. And kudos to Dreamhost for providing a hassle-free upgrade tool. … Continue reading

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Censorship map of the world

The Financial Times has published an interesting interactive map outlining growing censorship of the Internet in the world. Belarus, Turkey, Thailand and Iran (in that order) have the highest Internet penetration of all the countries described. Also, check out, … Continue reading

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