Monthly Archives: December 2011

Checkout counter

It’s that time of year again. Time to shut down my laptop, stack up the pile of books I’ll read and relax after another round of school. Three semesters in, I can say I’m officially finished with classes. The spring … Continue reading

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So easy, a journalist can do it

Students can’t search effectively. Overgeneralization, I know, but students performed badly enough in an Illinois Wesleyan study to warrant a large infographic. Students and journalists both need tools, web-based tools in particular. The caveman had his ax and spear, the carpenter … Continue reading

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Hocus focus

I channeled my inner 13th-century scribe yesterday while I was copying some of my important mag editing notes. Among the topics: focus. According to my wonderful professor and likely some wisdom of her predecessor, focus asks, “What am I saying?” … Continue reading

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The big cheese, one slice at a time

One of my weaknesses is story focus. I read, read, read. I think, examine, reflect. I want to cover it all, and yet, each article can only be a deli-thin slice of a gigantic wheel of cheese. Poynter has six … Continue reading

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Title time

Journalism is music encoded with words and letters instead of notes. Writing has cadence and rhythm. Words have sounds that work together or pull apart from one another. These qualities are most often seen in titles, where publications have (and … Continue reading

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