Monday, July 28, 2008

Random links on journalism, research, and news

New video game lets players kill Woodward and Bernstein. Is this part of the anti-media conspiracy, or what? In New Yorker.

Top 25 Web 2.0 Search Engines. From the Online Education Database. Have heard of only a few of these....

15 journalists' outstanding personal sites, from 10,000 Words. Not one here I'd seen before. Good stuff.

10,000 Words. Hadn't seen this before, but it's "Where journalism and technology meet". Looks useful, with guides to online tools, shooting video, recording audio, lots more. Including one explaining that text is the foundation of journalism:
...good text will always be the foundation of any website, news or otherwise.
Text is what pulls in search engines and, in turn, visitors. If they don't like what they are reading, whether it be a story, blog post, or caption, they won't return.

On that note, over at Web 2...Oh really, from Craig Stoltz: five lessons from a year of blogging. Last recommendation:
Write short and use pictures. ... I wish I followed this one more.
Me, too.

Following up: Seven Steps to Writing Like a Digital Native, from The Idea Factory's WebU. Yes, yes, yes. First in the list: link to original documents. Add photos. Add maps. Link to past stories. Are you hearing this, newspaper web editors?

From Howard Owens, who's losing interest in blogging: Media Geeks, a search engine for media-related sites.

Good stuff recently on Mark Shaver's Depth Reporting, including this from last week: Just how stupid, shortsighted and out-of-touch are newspaper executives?, which debunks the notion that all newspaper companies didn't get the Web. Cited: Knight Ridder's Mercury News Online and its Viewtron system, many years ago.

The new word from politics these days must be 'Umbrage'. Two columns: Taking offense is the best defense, from John Dickerson, in Slate; and All Umbrage All the Time, Jonathan Alter at Newsweek.
Via Joel Achenbach, who calls it 'the umbrage epidemic'. Joel is susceptible too:
Today the Post reports on executives making $14 million a year, or maybe $27 million. Some of them work for places like Freddie Mae [and Fannie Mac]. I find myself on the verge of taking umbrage.
He has lots of other reasons, too.


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