Teaching students some new punctuation marks … for when they really want to write what they mean. (h/t for the find: Dr. Amy Young, Pacific Lutheran University)
I don’t get to complain anymore. It’s just true. Some of the most delicious time that you spend as a journalist is like, complaining. At no times have I had fewer actual friends to gossip with, and kind of complain with, or at least commiserate with. That is a hard part of being the boss. Newsrooms are just full of cantankerous complaining people. It’s so enjoyable to be part of that.24 notes
The Washington Post’s ombudsman (reader advocate) is leaving and likely won’t be replaced because of continuing budget cuts. Poynter uses the occasion to explore the difficult and controversial role of such public editors. I first learned about them in journalism school in the late-1980s. I could barely pronounce the word “ombudsman,” but I got what the job was supposed to be about: representing readers’ interests, not the newspaper’s, as a kind of in-house critic.
Say a reader calls the newsroom and criticizes subtle but gendered language in a news story. The ombudsman might take a close look at the story, interview the writer and editor and even write an opinion column about his/her findings. Hard work to do objectively but awesome when done well.
The more I’ve thought about this role in the Internet era, the more uncomfortable I’ve become. My audience research on citizen participation in news suggests ombudsmen may be a relic of a bygone era. These days, every journalist ought to have a trusted relationship with readers. That doesn’t mean you pander to those readers like an obsequious suck-up. It means you take into account the reader’s (or Web user’s) knowledge, experience and expectations. It’s a relationship for the 21st century, in service of public good.
On the eve of WaPo’s departing ombudsman, I salute such work but offer a challenge to all journalists: What are you contributing to your relationship with your audience?
You all know what I’m talking about. Journalism love.
Troll icons … sublime.
The Guardian (newspaper’s) “Three Little Pigs” spot named best commercial of 2012
Blushing with admiration for this commercial. Go open-source journalism!
Just finished teaching 3 different classes about the glories and pitfalls of Twitter in my social-media units. Could have used this drawing in a big way. Nice work, sarahlcomics.