July 21st, 2014

"Never before have women dominated coverage of a war the way they are in Syria."

Read more: Rosie the scribbler : Columbia Journalism Review

July 18th, 2014
While my personal capacity to tell technology stories in the past year has diversified, I’ve noticed something: my beat is rapidly disappearing.

Dave Lee, technology reporter for the BBC

Technology journalists are facing extinction — Medium

July 17th, 2014
Sometimes the CIA or the director of national intelligence or the NSA or the White House will call about a story. You hit the brakes, you hear the arguments, and it’s always a balancing act: the importance of the information to the public versus the claim of harming national security. Over time, the government too reflexively said to the Times, “you’re going to have blood on your hands if you publish X,” and because of the frequency of that, the government lost a little credibility. But you do listen and seriously worry. Editors are Americans too. We don’t want to help terrorists.

Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of The New York Times, to Cosmopolitan. I’m Not Ashamed of Being Fired

In a Q&A with Cosmo, Abramson talks about life after the Times and offers good advice to young journos. For example:

I taught at Yale for five years when I was managing editor and what I tried to stress for students interested in journalism, rather than picking a specialty, like blogging or being a videographer, was to master the basics of really good storytelling, have curiosity and a sense of how a topic is different than a story, and actually go out and witness and report. If you hone those skills, you will be in demand, as those talents are prized. There is too much journalism right now that is just based on people scraping the Internet and riffing off something else.

It all comes back to storytelling.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Reblogged from The FJP
July 15th, 2014

Kara Swisher: Tech’s Most Powerful Snoop — NYMag

This profile on Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of Re/code, is a must-read. 

Related: Swisher will lead a session on launching new news efforts at this year’s Online News Association Conference with Melissa Bell, senior product manager/executive editor at Vox.com and Lara Setrakian, CEO of News Deeply. There’s still time to register for ONA14 at a discounted rate. 

July 15th, 2014
[T]he little, insidious coincidences that start to add up and grate. It’s when no women (or people of color) are featured as speakers at tech conferences or even considered among the most “desirable” innovators to be invited. It’s when a man and a woman walk into a room, and the man is assumed to be the leader. It’s the online comments left by trolls each time a story about women in technology is published. And it’s even when an exhibitor doesn’t bother to spend a few minutes to acknowledge a female journalist who wants to learn more about the company and its products. It all begs the question about whether the technology industry is as much of a meritocracy as it likes to believe it is.
July 14th, 2014
One in every seven statehouse reporters today (or 14% of the total) is a college student.
Statehouse reporters, who cover state government and public policy, are on the decline, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Get the facts here.  (via pewresearch)
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