Monthly Archives: November 2011

Joe McGinniss responds to Janet Malcolm’s “The Journalist and the Murderer”

In 1989, journalist Janet Malcolm published two-part series of articles in The New Yorker under the headline “The Journalist and the Murderer.” (It has since then been published as a slim book.) In what would come to be one of … Continue reading

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Solving the Black Friday Problem

The NYT’s Robert Frank has a great proposal for ending the madness that is Black Friday starting at midnight.  Put in place a 6 percent national sales tax from 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, the day after … Continue reading

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So, Are Black Friday Sales Actually a Viral Promotion for “Hunger Games”?

I’ve never been a big fan of the early morning Black Friday sales.  One year my wife and I did get up very early in an attempt to buy a Nintendo Wii system.  Not at a sale price, just to … Continue reading

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Tweeting, Tweaking & TNT

Three bits of media news that are worth posting but don’t really go together. Associated Press to reporters: Don’t break news on Twitter; break it on the wire The Associated Press has reiterated it’s policy of never having reporters break … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Can a woman express opinions on the Internet without threats of sexual violence? Laurie Penny has her doubts.  Should we be frightened that Harry Potter director David Yates is working on a big screen Dr. Who reboot? Ashamed to say … Continue reading

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Links on Using Narrative

In my feature writing class on Wednesday we spent a bit of time talking about using narrative techniques.  Here are links to the articles I mentioned in that class.  Good stuff for anyone interested in employing narrative technique in their … Continue reading

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CTV Profiles Hark A Vagrant’s Kate Beaton

One of my favorite web comic’s is Kate Beaton’s Hark a Vagrant.  While many of the strips deal with Canadian history, Nancy Drew, Victorian literature, and Mystery Solving Teens also make frequent appearances. Her collection of comics has hit the … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Post on Diabetic Highs at Six Until Me

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’ve been living with diabetes for the last 10 years.  One of the great sources of information for me about this disease has been Kerri Sparling’s great blog Six Until Me.  Kerri is … Continue reading

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Patriot-News Devotes Front Page to Editorial on Penn State Scandal

The Harrisburg Patriot-News ran a front-page editorial on Tuesday calling on Penn State University President Graham Spanier to resign over his failure to “do what is right – for his school, or more importantly for the alleged victims of coaching … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Can journalists ever safely retweet the opinions of others without appearing biased? And should that stop them from retweeting those opinions?  Here’s what the AP thinks about it, and an interesting response from 10,000 Words. Will NBC still matter anymore, … Continue reading

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