JOHN CHEEVER: WHEN NEWSPAPERS DELIVERED THE NEWS

Files under General | Dec 29th

In a candid Paris Review interview, John Cheever was asked:

“Have you always been a writer, or have you had other jobs?”

“I drove a newspaper truck once. I liked it very much, especially during the World Series, when the Quincy paper would carry the box scores and full accounts. No one had radios, or television—which is not to say that the town was lit with candles, but they used to wait for the news; it made me feel good to be the one delivering the good news.

(Via David Alvarez)


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FACEBOOK VERSUS TWITTER: TWO AUDIENCES

Files under General | Dec 29th

500 million versus 107 million.

Facebook and Twitter have more women than men.

Twitter users update their status more frequently than Facebook ones.

But Facebook users log everyday more than Twitter ones.

And more College people on Twitter than on Facebook.

A fascinating graphic.


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WHAT A FRONT PAGE!

Files under General | Dec 29th

The Virginian-Pilot, the newspaper redesigned by Deborah Withey, had yesterday a fantastic news mix.

From a memorable and exhilarating picture to facts, what’s next, and advice.

A superb front page news package from Denis Finley’s team.

This is what happens when your editor is a former photo editor.

Well done!

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A BIG TWITTER BILLBOARD

Files under General | Dec 29th

The history Of King’s Cross and St Pancras on one brilliant billboard.

Just with words.

Typography and great design to explain a history of changes and reforms.

Looks like a big twitter!

(Via Londonlist)


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Files under General | Dec 27th

Brilliant!



ONLY IN AMERICA: CHRISTMAS FRONT PAGES

Files under General | Dec 25th



AN OLD SUPERDESK AT THE SEATTLE POST-INTELLINGENCER

Files under General | Dec 24th

Now everybody is building “new” Superdesks.

But the old Copy Desks were a traditional feature in many old newsroom.

Like this one at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Date: 1949, during a visit of Journalism students.

(Picture via Flick)



NEW HARPER’S BAZAAR COVER VERSUS OLD VOGUE’S BETTER ONE (1950-2010)

Files under General | Dec 23rd

A modern remake, but the 60 year ago cover was better!

Less is more.

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THE BEST MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM EDUCATION STILL IS A STRONG LIBERAL ARTS CURRICULUM

Files under General | Dec 23rd

Professor Jay Rosen says that Journalism Schools are increasingly becoming R&D labs.

First, I am not sure about that. Second, If yes, I say no.

I don’t have any problem with universities and professors doing research.

More than that: without research, teaching and education are very poor.

But the idea that our Journalism Schools have to become R&D Labs is wrong.

The best Journalism education still is a strong Liberal Arts curriculum.

Reading, Thinking & Writing, are more important than playing and doing.

You will spend the rest of your life playing and doing.

So you better spend your College years using your brain, not your hands.

For many years Journalism Schools were focused on just print media.

Then, broadcasting programs came.

Later, public relations & advertising… and integrated marketing communications!

Yes, I know, mutimedia is here and now our old fashioned Journalism Schools want to catch the future just becoming R&D Labs…

What all these professors don’t know is that the problem are them, not the students.

The new generations of students are “digital multi-media-tasking natives” so they don’t need more technical training because they are fully trained before they enter in the schools.

These professors and administrators eager to get funds for R&D Labs are the ones needed of this training.

What good students are looking for is for challenging thinkers, first class teachers, inspiring personalities, and not IT amateurs.

Let’s be serious:

You still learn more about new narratives reading Antigone than spending hours in front a computer.

Specially now when you can read Antigone in an iPad!


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BETTER THAN WIKILEAKS, THE NOT SO VERY DIPLOMATIC BRITISH WAY TO SAY BYE

Files under General | Dec 22nd

As you know now, I am more than fed up about all this “wikileaks cult”

As The New York Times editor Bill Keller said:

I don’t regard Julian Assange as a kindred spirit. If he’s a journalist, he’s not the kind of journalist that I am.

So if you want to read more cleaver and witty stuff let me recommend you a fantastic book for these holidays.

PARTING SHOTS (Undiplomatic diplomats – the ambasadors’ letters you were never meant to see) by Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson, Wking, London, 2010.

The book is a serious but hilarious collection of the last private dispatches by British ambassadors before quitting their posts aboard.

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act these two brilliant journalists have been able to produce an unique and opinionated book.

A candid recollection of more interesting and better written cables than the wikileaks ones, believe me.

How I found this book?

Well, I am a fan of London’s John Sandoe Independent Bookstore.

It’s an addictive little Georgian building where, as Trisha Andres says, “the books are the furniture”

It’s my favorite bookstore in London.

Why?

Because the staff like the same books that I like!

So you enter in the store and the first thing you confront is a huge table with piles of books to browse.

Unknown books waiting for you.

They are displayed in no order, but almost all of them will attract your attention.

Don’t expect the “usual suspects” from PR-driven book reviews in the traditional media.

No.

What you will find is an amazing selection of “the best of the best” according to the staff.

As Andres writes: The selection’s impeccable too and despite its loyal client base, you somehow feel you have the bookshop all to yourself.”

This is the way that I discovered a few months ago this fabulous and entertaining book.

How to get there? Go to 10 Blacklands Terrace, SW3 2SR (Near to King’s Road and Sloane Square tube) Phone: 020 7589 9473.


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