My brother, in almost every conversation we’ve ever had about work, he’s always said to me, “You have to be humble.” I mean, the job of a reporter is kind of omnidirectional self-abasement, right? You’re going to experts who know more than you about the thing in its kind of structural terms. You’re going to people who are being affected by it in ways that you aren’t, so they know more about how it feels and how it’s working in a way, and certainly their lives, than you do. You’re going to an editor who has a better sense than you do for story structure and how things need to be if they’re going to work. You’re going to readers who ultimately are the judge of your success. I mean it’s a funny position in that way, because you really need to be able to learn from all kinds of different people. — Ezra Klein, Editor in Chief of Vox.com in Esquire’s The Mentorship Project, a series of fifty interviews with men about the mentors who made them who they are today. (via futurejournalismproject)
Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class -
Anyone distracted in class doesn’t just lose out on the content of the discussion but creates a sense of permission that opting out is OK, and, worse, a haze of second-hand distraction for peers.
It Takes a Village of Photographers in Brooklyn
‘I Let Everyone Down’: A Blogger Apologizes For Not Posting In A While
Top 5 Data-Scraping Tools for Would-Be Data Journalists -
This post originally appeared on Northwestern University Knight Lab’s blog. This past fall, I spent time with the NPR News Apps team (now known as NPR Visuals) coding up some projects, working mainly as a visual/interaction designer. But in the last few months, I’ve been working on a project that involves scraping newspaper articles and Twitter APIs for data.
Scraping, mapping, and grabbing (from APIs). These are the three skills I recommend tech-inclined journalists to learn.
20 beautiful examples of "Snowfall" style interactive storytelling - Web Directions -
Yesterday an article on Medium, Snowfallen, caught my eye. It’s about a technique for presenting longform writing online, by embellishing it with integrated multimedia elements, gorgeous photography, infographics and so on. It’s like taking an article that might have appeared as a slab of 7500 words in The New Yorker, and giving it the kind …
Adding trend lines to charts in Google Sheets
With Google Sheets, you can store data and visualize it with great looking charts, but you haven’t really been able to quickly identify trends in that data.
That changed this week when Google finally introduced trend lines to charts in Google Sheets. Trend lines are really easy to add to a chart and there are plenty of customization options available.
You can apply a linear or exponential trend line, change the color and adjust the thickness and opacity. As a bonus update, Google has also added the ability to copy / paste charts inside of Google Sheets.
You can copy / paste from one sheet or spreadsheet to another, but the data will only be updated if it is in the same spreadsheet.
Otherwise your chart will only reflect the data as it was originally copied.
I’ve interviewed suspected serial killers. I’ve interviewed suspected terrorists. I’ve interviewed people who went to prison for killing men. I’ve interviewed a bunch of scary people, but [Nick] Saban made me nervous.
The AD said, you have 30 minutes. I can’t even collect my thoughts in 30 minutes. He’s not quite as terrifying as I’d been led to believe. But there’s a point where he looks at you with them drill-bit eyes. In your head, every question sounds stupid as it comes out of your mouth. I’ve seen very few people who could make you feel that way. —
SI 60 Q&A: Rick Bragg talks Alabama football, his Nick Saban cover story
(not new, but worth revisiting)
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Hostetter’s posts can sometimes be on the lengthier side, but I have never seen anything book-length like this,” writes the journalist who asks not to be named. “I dragged and copied all the text (took about 2 or 3 minutes to scroll) and dropped it into a word doc. 105,004 words. — http://jimromenesko.com/2014/09/05/fresno-bee-reporters-blog-post-about-a-1968-football-rivalry-is-105001-words/