Mark Twain on what it’s like to be interviewed

From a PBS blog post (link expired) comes a lovely piece Mark Twain wrote (and probably didn’t finish) about what it’s like to be interviewed. “Concerning the ‘Interview.’” No one likes to be interviewed, and yet no one likes to say no; for interviewers are courteous and gentle-mannered, even when they come to destroy. I must …

Our brains, digital media and journalism

From the Nieman report The Digital Landscape: What’s Next for News? comes a few thoughts about our brains, the way we respond to digital media and what that might mean for journalism. Ooh, shiny shiny Russell Poldrack, a professor of psychology and neurobiology and director of the Imaging Research Center at the University of Texas …

News has a filter problem: we judge the whole on the little we see

I reckon I read 10 per cent of what a news org produces on a given day; more on some days, less on others, and some days none at all. So my perception of ‘the news’ as a whole is based on this small amount I see of what the world’s news orgs produce – …

Younger journalists, self-censorship & other newsroom trends

I 2010 I attended an International Media Conference along with hundreds of journalists from a staggering array of Asia-Pacific countries including Myanmar, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, China, US, Taiwan, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Nepal. I travelled to the conference with financial support from the Asia NZ Foundation, which aims to strengthen awareness in New Zealand of Asian …

Journalists ‘should be interviewed once a year’

John Longhurst on the Canadian Journalism Project suggests journalists should be interviewed themselves from time to time, so they know what it’s like. And that the interview should be published, so they know what it’s like to have a stranger’s account of themselves on public display. I agree. I’ve been interviewed a few times over the years …

Meg Pickard on hecklers and engagement

A few notes from a Webstock talk by Meg Pickard, then director of user and community experience at the Guardian. I enjoyed her riff on who the original hecklers were, and her points on how to engage with a news audience. Content, Communities, Collaboration, Curation Think about how to make media social, rather than how to make social …