Journalism

Kindness = Happiness

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

Kindness = Happiness

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.

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Farewell (Trucker’s Atlas)

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Journalism, Philosophical | 0 comments

Farewell (Trucker’s Atlas)

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...

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Six Pack on the Dashboard: Journalism

Posted 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...

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End of the Crawler

Posted 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...

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Open Container Update: Deseret News Layoffs

Posted 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...

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Granato Post-Mortem

Posted by on Aug 8, 2010 in Journalism | 0 comments

Granato Post-Mortem

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...

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