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Kindness = Happiness

By on Aug 16, 2013 in Featured, Journalism, Philosophical | 1 comment

Allow me to humbly confirm that I do indeed look good, in a Life is Good, Happy Dad sort-of way. More than any one thing, it’s an evolving commitment I’ve made to simply being kinder.

Farewell (Trucker’s Atlas)

By on May 19, 2012 in Journalism, Philosophical | 0 comments

The road trip ends like this: peacefully and without long farewells. It ends with the car limping home, beer cans littering the floor, pretzel dust coating the seats. It ends as it began, accidentally and unintentionally and entirely dictated by the road. After 15 years as a journalist, it ends like this: peacefully and without long farewells. I leave a business sputtering into the future, with my fingers ink-stained and beer cans mingling with bylines on the newsroom floor. It ends as it began, accidentally and unintentionally and entirely dictated by the road. Recollections bounce past me like super balls in a stairwell, erratic and fast and generally indistinguishable. That’s not to say I consider my time spent committing news a waste, because there are sources of pride among the thousands of stories I’ve written. In fact, I have no regrets about my first chosen career...

Six Pack on the Dashboard: Journalism

By on Sep 26, 2011 in Journalism, Six Pack Updates | 0 comments

Free on-the-go reporting and free GIS tools. Free apps for journalists. Free yourself to fail. Plus, second-screen battles the business side of hyperlocal news sites. Here’s six articles that won’t waste your time, especially if you’re a journalist. 1. Mapping the News: Geotagging news stories is a capability I wish I knew more about and something I wish I could utilize more often. This is a nice write-up of some introductory tools that I aspire to dabble in soon. 2. Chicago Tribune Tools: List and links of open-source apps and programs developed by Chicago Tribune staffers. 3. Think Small: The problem for many start-ups, especially those with localized missions and little funding, is thinking too big. This is a nice essay about why “small ball” strategies that build on early successes are important. 4. Second Screen: Strategies for winning the...

End of the Crawler

By on Aug 23, 2010 in Journalism | 0 comments

Media Matters: The great Salt Lake Tribune online experiment is over. Glen Warchol, canceled. In a staff memo this evening, Salt Lake Tribune editor Nancy Conway announced that The Salt Lake Crawler is no longer. Instead, Warchol will now be a features writer. She says his blog had a loyal readership, but his skills would be better utilized elsewhere — emphasizing one of my greatest frustrations, a print-first mentality at newspapers. It’s a shame, because Warchol was one of the better local bloggers, even if he worked for a giant media corporation. He had a voice of his own and was one of the best at pointing out the absurdities of local politics. Beyond that, however, he brought a reporter’s mentality — due to, of course, his many years as a reporter — and often did his own work for his many daily posts. Warchol was also one of the better media...

Open Container Update: Deseret News Layoffs

By on Aug 12, 2010 in Journalism | 0 comments

Significant layoffs are expected at the Deseret News, prompting questions about its future as a print publication and even its location in the Downtown Rising blueprint.— More than a dozen confidential sources inside the paper, including some holding management positions, have confirmed that layoffs are planned for late August or early September, with the first wave hitting Aug. 20.  And the layoffs aren’t small: Likely a third of the staff will be let go, with some estimating cuts as high as 50 to 60 percent. When I left the paper a year ago, the LDS Church-owned Deseret News boasted about 200 employees. If the percentages I’ve been told bear out, that means at least 60 employees, and maybe more than 100, will be laid off. Some may be retained on a contract basis, working as freelance editors or bloggers paid per printed article or for the number of online hits...

Granato Post-Mortem

By on Aug 8, 2010 in Journalism | 0 comments

Thoughts after the publication of my Sam Granato story: I had fun, and I think it came through in the writing. First person is difficult, but not impossible. Objectivity is overrated. Fairness is not overrated. Drinking on the job makes Josh a better reporter. Small details make big differences. In politics, good analysis doesn’t need sourcing, only experience. Experience will force a good reporter to make sure their analysis is accurate with, at the very least, off-the-record sources. Too many reporters rely strictly on others to provide the analysis, which can actually hinder an article. Life inside the candidate bubble is a lot different than outside the bubble. This isn’t gonzo, but it’s a great first step. I never, ever want to write a straight news story again. I’m very aware that I may never write a story like this...

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