In Writing on May 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm
I really don’t have too much to add to this image. It’s a point I have tried to make before, though not nearly so eloquently.
Let this be a reminder that writing is the fun part. Make it so. Let your pen be a composer’s baton and hold it high in the air. Play with words; they will not mind. Remember that there is music in the sound they make when they clink-clink together like wind chimes in the breeze.
And read. For god’s sake, read. Think of the books you read as sustenance for the writing you will produce. If you spend a half-hour a day in a comfortable chair while running your eyes over the page the music will present itself. It will make your job so much easier in the long run.
I found the image on a Facebook page called The Writer’s Circle. Check it out.
In Editing on May 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm
Mistakes, like the coming night, are inevitable in this business. We all make them and one of the most routine is the common spelling error.
This is true despite our best efforts. In fact, sometimes it feels like I am more likely to make spelling mistakes if I am absolutely determined not to do so. It’s as if the act of concentration causes “e” and “i” to transpose or for “their” to come out of the keyboard as “there.” Does that happen to you, too?
Sometimes our readers are understanding; sometimes they treat us as if we are buffoons, because lord knows they never make mistakes like that. Sometimes they suggest that the newspaper was once much more skillfully edited and that such errors are more common today. That may be true, particularly if your publication has lost a copy editor in the last few years.
But don’t let anyone tell you that newspapers were once perfect. That just isn’t the case. …
In Innovation on May 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm
Monday afternoon I snuck away from the office and headed over the hill to Stanford. The occasion was the John S. Knight Festival of News Innovation.
Why? Well, for starters, when is the last time you heard the words “news” and “festival” in the same sentence? Jim Bettinger, director of the Knight Fellowship program at Stanford, said the idea was to provide some level of antidote to the doom and gloom that surrounds our business. He said too many journalism events he attends “have an Eeyore quality: All is lost.”
So the festival was designed to be fun and a chance to meet some really, really talented mid-career journalists who have the great good fortune to spend nine months at Stanford as Knight Fellows. At Stanford, they attend classes, gather for support and work on some project of their choosing. Their projects were as varied as they were and, well, see for yourself: