Category Archives: Commentary

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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More on the Exploitation of Volunteer Athletes

Here’s more on the exploitation of Kevin Ware, the injured volunteer athlete. TL;DR: The Louisville team’s corporate master, Adidas, merged Ware’s uniform number with its latest ad slogan on some T-shirts it then sold for $25. Selling a T-shirt that … Continue reading

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The Madness-Nomics of Working for Free

My journalist friends have spent the past few weeks arguing the utility and ethics of working for free — whether a professional or aspiring pro journalist should ever work for exposure or for practice without pay. It’s a stirring debate … Continue reading

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Hed writers: Don't do this

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