This week I’ve been thinking about a media myth that needs to die. It goes something like this: "It’s all fine and well for bloggers to do whatever they do, but who is going to sit through city council meetings? Journalists, that’s who.“ This reveals a useless and destructive dualism that keeps journalism from adapting … More Edmonton New Media Roundup 2
If you wait for a better time to create, better than this very moment, if you wait until you feel settled, divinely inspired, perfectly centered, unburdened of your usual worries, or free of your own skin, forget about it. You will still be waiting tomorrow and the next day, wondering why you never managed to … More
Maybe it’s just because I have more time to notice, but the flowering trees seem particularly lovely this spring.
As an admirer of Edmonton’s new media scene, I thought there might be room for a weekly roundup of what’s going on out there. This notion coalesced after a meeting with The League of Extraordinary Media. It is inspired by the fine daily aggregation done by the edmontonian and the weekly summary put together by … More Edmonton New Media Roundup 1
sesamestreet: It’s part 2 of Conversations with Bert, featuring Andy Samberg! Tune in for more banter about socks, pigeons, paper clips, and more! (Missed part 1? Check it out!) I’d been thinking a lot about interviewing today. And then I came across this. Outstanding. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)
The most important word on the internet is ‘share’.—Hugh MacLeod
Don’t feel guilty if you spend the first 90 minutes of your day drinking coffee and reading blogs ‐‐ it’s your job. Your ratio of reading to writing should be high. Nate Silver’s terrific advice for young journalists in the digital age (via austinkleon) This speech is full of great advice.
The fire that threatened and then destroyed much of Slave Lake took over my Twitter stream on Sunday night. Storify seemed like a good tool to curate the best of the pictures and videos being shared, so I gave it a try. Here’s the link. For more on the story, check out the Edmonton Journal, … More Storify: Slave Lake fire
https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=&visual=true&liking=false&sharing=false&auto_play=false&show_comments=false&continuous_play=false&origin=tumblr This is the speech I gave to the Edmonton Journal newsroom on May 11, 2011, my last day of work after almost 14 years there. It’s a little rough around the edges, but I hope it gives a sense of what the place meant to me. The four people I thanked were Sheila Pratt, … More
In honour of 10 years of service, the Edmonton Journal gave me a ring. “Married to The Journal,” I would say when people asked me about it. It’s not really a good idea to marry your job. Especially when you’re also married to a person. Lots of thinking has brought me to that realization, and … More Moving on