Friday, May 25, 2012

You're learning. That's a good thing.

When I was 20, I moved to Germany to go to college. I had five or so years of German in school, and I considered myself fluent.


Sure, on paper, I knew how to distinguish between a dative and accusative preposition. But in the line at the grocery store, faced with different accents and slang and a sudden bombardment of foreign sights, sounds and tastes (mmm, Schnitzel), I remember my brain felt quite literally like it was turning into spaghetti. Long, sticky, heavy strands of spaghetti, tangling up around each other and dripping out my ears and wrapping around my neck, in a new form of stress that can only be described as Extreme Immersion Anxiety.

Five incentives to being a mobile reporter

Via Storify.
How hip of me.

Check it out so you're not missing out.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The best of Storify

There is this nifty little app called Storify that increasingly more journalists are tinkering with. It's a way to tell a story using web elements: Tweets, Facebook posts, links, blog excerpts, pictures, maps, Pinterest -- you name it.

When I imagine the future of "print" journalism, I see something like this.

So now the question is how to use it right?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Practice, push and teeter on insanity

Photographer Rich Seeley took this picture of me taking a picture of his picture.
What did you do this week to push yourself out of your comfort zone and into that wild, uncomfortable, exhausting yet exhilarating little nook where you grow?

Maybe it is bad advice (the kind that will make my poor daughter grow up into a neurotic, workaholic, quasi-masochist like most journalists I know), but I fear comfort. Sure, I know that Sunday is the holy rest day, and I like to take a breath in between laps. But the second I feel my metaphoric car moving into auto-drive, I shift up and hit the gas.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Could this be the future style of newspaper reporting?

We have used live blogging for breaking news before, but I've never used it for entertainment reporting. Last week, I brought my iPhone and iPad to the NoBo Nite Out, a first Friday artwalk event, and live Tweeted pics and tidbits from the event. Then I Storify-ed them all together, updating live onto our website. I was super stoked to try this new kind of reporting. Enough to say "super stoked." That's extreme.