Posted in Career advice, Journalism, Personal, tagged Allbritton Communications, American Press Institute, Creighton University, Drew Davis, Facebook, Flickr, Gazette, Howard Owens, Jim Brady, Joe Grimm, Kansas City Star, LinkedIn, Minot Daily News, Newspaper Next, Nieman Narrative, No Train No Gain, Omaha World-Herald, Twitter on March 8, 2010 |
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I knew a lot about journalism in 1997. I was 26 years into an exciting career, enjoying a rewarding run as a reporter following success as an editor. But I’ve redirected and rejuvenated my career twice since then. Those efforts led me to opportunities and success I could not have imagined 13 years ago.
From 1997 to 2005, I consciously developed my skills, experience, connections and reputation in the field of journalism training, eventually getting a full-time job in the field. I was always interested in innovation and took steps in the mid-1990s to learn digital skills. Starting in 2006, I made digital innovation my primary pursuit and have consciously developed my digital skills, experience, connections and reputation (I still have a lot that I need to do). That pursuit led to two new jobs, first as editor of The Gazette and gazetteonline and now I’ve left the newspaper business to join a digital local news operation in the Washington metro area. (more…)
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Posted in storytelling, Twitter, tagged Anne Hull, Charlotte Eby, Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Edward Wasserman, Eleanor Rigby, Francena H. Arnold, Jacqui Banaszynski, Johnny B. Goode, Ken Fuson, Lane DeGregory, Leonard Pitts, N. Scott Momaday, Nieman Narrative, Not My Will, Omaha World-Herald, Paul Farhi, Philip Lee, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Ron Sylvester, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, Tom French, Twitter on October 17, 2009 |
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When I read Philip Lee’s ignorant anti-Twitter rant, Notes on the triviality of Twitter, my first reaction was that I needed to write another anti-anti-Twitter-rant rant.
But I’m getting tired of those rants (maybe you are, too). I previously noted how Leonard Pitts, Edward Wasserman and Paul Farhi wrote foolish things about Twitter without bothering to learn what they were talking about. Do I repeat myself just because Lee has echoed their whining, or could I find something new to say?
Lee did say lots of ignorant things about Twitter, but they are things I’ve addressed before, so I won’t dwell on them here. He has tried Twitter out (barely, 34 tweets in nearly a year), which the others noted above had not.
I want to address Lee’s concern about Twitter and storytelling: (more…)
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