- How could have better design skills eliminated Sunday’s Oscar disaster?
Oddly enough, the cards read by the presenters at the Oscars only list the winner in a reasonable sized type. The name of the category is relegated to tiny type at the bottom. If the cards had the name of the category in large type at the top, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway might not have announced La La Land instead of Moonlight – the real winner of Best Picture. Fascinating article from Fast Company.
- What could Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg do to help journalism?
Analysis from Columbia Journalism Review on how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg could make the world of journalism a better place. In case you missed it, Zuckerberg posted a lengthy manifesto on Building Global Community a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what NPR had to say about Zuckerberg’s essay:
- Why does cancer suck so bad?
So many reasons, but one is that it took journalist Brenda Buttner from us at all-too-young of an age. Buttner was best known as a Fox Business reporter, but I knew of her because she was responsible for the greatest motorcycle magazine story ever. Here’s the story behind the story: Hunter S. Thompson – Going Gonzo. And here’s a link to the actual HST story that made Buttner a legend – Song of the Sausage Creature. If you watch the tribute to her in the title link, you will get an idea of what Buttner brought to journalism. (Note – She’s probably the only person ever to work for a motorcycle magazine who had been a Rhodes Scholar!)