So many great stories disappear from view too soon

I like the idea of a home for retired stories. Somewhere they can gambol about care free and folks can come and visit them. So many stories, especially human interest stories and videos and photo galleries, spend a day or two in the limelight of news homepages then drift under water never to surface again …

Journalism in the Age of Data (2010)

A documentary on data journalism by Geoff McGhee via Flowing Data, who name-check some of the people interviewed: “Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viègas kick things off with some of the work they did with IBM. Then it’s Ben Fry from Fathom, then Jeffrey Heer from Stanford, and then Steve Duenes, Matt Ericson, and Amanda Cox of The New York Times. Later …

Gibbets, dismemberment and Dickens’ account of an execution

Interesting to read Michel Foucault’s ‘Discipline & Punish: The Birth of Prison’ which traces punishment through several centuries as it moved from being focused on the body to being more focused on the soul. This passage stayed with me for a while: Even as late as the eighteenth century as 1772, one finds sentences like the …

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 …