Friday, April 25, 2008

Six-Word Journalism Mottos

Ran across this clever little contest for short journalism mottos, hosted by the Poynter Institute. Here are the Top 10:

* Doing more with less since 1690. Ken Fuson, Des Moines Register
* We'll always have Paris ... or Britney -- Jim McPherson, Whitworth University
* It's how I change the world. -- Nick Escobar, The Elgin (Ill.) CourierNews
* Get it right, write it tight. -- Margaret McDonald, McDonald Wordsmith Communications
* They'll miss us when we're gone. -- Scott Powers, Patrick McGeehan, Matthew Jones, John Davenport
* Feed the lapdog, euthanize the watchdog -- Roy Peter Clark
* Who, what, when, where, why, Web -- Greg Phillips, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
* Facts, schmacts ... how is my hair? -- Kathy Sweeney, anchor/investigative reporter, Heartland News
* Dirty commie latte-sipping liberal scum -- Ryan Kelly, Christopher Newport University
* Please stop griping, now start typing. -- Jeff Unger, University of Illinois

And the honorable mentions:

* We're sorry about all the trees -- Ken Fuson
* We checked: Our mother still loves us -- Ken Fuson
* Stop the presses! Oh, you did. -- Jim McPherson
* Information you can trust until tomorrow -- Jim McPherson
* No news is not good news -- J. David Knepper and Leah Etling
* Black and white, but not green enough -- Robert Timmons
* How many inches is the truth? -- Casey Bartels
* Got stry – will txt u asap -- Lynn McMahon
* Seek the truth, not the money -- Angele' Anderfuren
* Not tonight, dear. I'm on deadline -- Christopher Ortiz
* We don't make this shit up -- Deb Sutton
* Writers' block is on Fleet Street -- Anand Raj
* Dead wood floats. So can we -- Ray Martinez
* A journalist's work is never done -- Randy Rogers
* If we go, who will know? -- Steve Riley
* History's first version, updated every minute -- Rebecca Jones
* Five Double You and One Age (Quinque Bi Tu Et Unum Aetas) -- Sebastian Moraga
* We break stuff. Like the news -- Ryan Kelly
* Critical thinking? We outsourced to India -- Dennis Alchemist
* It beats working for a living -- Jim Naughton
* Speak truth to power, or else -- Peter Gates
* Journalistic bias? There’s no stinking bias! -- Tim Owens
* Journalism lives where the truth lies -- Daneja Kirkland
* But this IS my day job! -- Mike Gruss
* We won't bore you with context -- Lois M. Collins
* News now: We'll fix it later -- Lois M. Collins
* Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy! No, seriously. Accuracy! -- Tim Schulte
* Every silver lining has a cloud -- David Vossbrink
* Must be readable on the crapper! -- Michael Sweeney
* Eye on the ball; ear on the ground -- Peter Dannenberg
* Mainstream media: We’re your grandfather’s blog -- Jim McPherson
* Filling the space between the ads -- Jim McPherson
* Write the truth between the lines -- Lynn McMahon
* Ding dong, the print is dead -- Russel Nichols
* There's a period key. Use it. -- Dan Close
* Journalism: Sizing down, so bottom's up! -- Matthew Cate
* Pyramids to blogosphere, and everywhere in between -- Bill West

What to look for in an agent

Harold Underdown, the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books," has posted an impressive new section on his web site about literary agents:

Underdown about agents

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A model for future journalists

Tom French, one of America's most interesting and accomplished journalists, takes readers/viewers behind the scenes of a zoo in ways that should inspire practitioners about the potential future of journalism:

Tom French's zoo

Friday, April 11, 2008

Kurt Vonnegut's advice on writing short

One of my favorite authors, giving great writing suggestions.

Joyce Carol Oates on creating characters

Insights from Oates about finding your characters.

Journalism of yesteryear

Some fascinating images and hilariously dated ideas about the craft.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Helping people find your site on the Web

Here's a great resource about search-engine optimization:

SEO book

What can the new journalism do?

How about embedding information at specific places using bar codes and cell phones?

San Francisco already is doing this

Imagine being in a city, walking down a row of restaurants, and being able to instantly access reviews from the last 10 customers of each place. That's news you can use.

How Web 2.0 began to change everything

Wonder what Web 2.0 is? How we've come so far so fast in terms of information delivery? This short video provides an entertaining overview.

The Information R/evolution

A quirky video overview of the changes to information delivery in recent years: