Author Archives: Brian Baresch

Warren Ellis's Writing Process

Storing this here so it'll be somewhere besides my mail inbox. From the email newsletter of Warren Ellis, Orbital Operations, Oct. 4: … the first draft will always, ALWAYS be terrible, and you should make sure everyone knows that. The … Continue reading

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Who will save the Times now?

The New York Times’ firing of Executive Editor Jill Abramson last week let to much commentary about the implications for the paper’s future. Amid the speculation, the paper’s assistant ME for digital strategy, Aron Pilhofer, announced he was leaving for … Continue reading

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Too good to check, episode 5 zillion

Today some activists surrounded a Google shuttle in San Francisco and kept it from moving away from a stop where it was picking up well-to-do techies to take them to work in Silicon Valley. The immediate target was the bus … Continue reading

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Science journalism and the lure of the trope

So a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (paywall) says that men’s and women’s brains are hardwired differently: Men are better at connecting perception to action, women are more intuitive. It draws this conclusion from men’s … Continue reading

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Getting clues from Gawker on getting the word out

People are talking about the WSJ’s profile of Gawker’s star viral-content collector, and what the page-view numbers involved may mean for journalism (being a subset of “media”) in its continuing effort to both stay relevant and keep people’s attention. Ezra … Continue reading

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Keeping the Secret of the Iran Talks

If you found out about secret meetings between U.S. and Iranian diplomats about restricting and inspecting Iran’s nuclear program, would you tell everyone, or keep it hush-hush? It turns out that the Associated Press heard about the meetings, announced on … Continue reading

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NBC: We Don't Report Other People's Stories, Except When We Do

This is just weird. Over at Romenesko, we see a memo from NBCNews.com executive editor Gregory Gittrich warning NBC staffers not to mention or report on a WaPo story about the FBI trying to find out who was behind allegations … Continue reading

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J-Schools Need to Teach Coding

Some smart people were tweeting yesterday about teaching coding to aspiring journalists, and whether journalism schools should do it in-house or let the computer science department handle it. I was late to the party as usual, so I put my … Continue reading

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Kochs' Tribune Play Aims to Install a New Normal

I was going to write a post about the Koch brothers’ possible purchase of the Chicago Tribune and sister papers, but Ken Doctor wrote it for me. Thanks, Ken! The Koch brothers are oil-and-gas billionaires from my hometown, Wichita KS, … Continue reading

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It's Academic, but It Costs

I had a bit of a "duh" moment reading Derek Willis' excellent post on the persistent gap between what journalism schools teach and what their students need to learn. (The discussion starts here with Katie Zhu.) Willis says a lot … Continue reading

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