The Glaring Problem with TV Live Shots

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Hi there, TV news. I know I haven't talked about you in a while, but I have been thinking about you. And something occurred to me that prompted me to write you. Apparently, you (and the many dedicated, hard-working reporters in the field) have a … [Continue reading]



I have a friend who starts a new job next week. (Congratulations to her, it is a sweet gig. I am jealous.) This isn't about her new job, though. It is about her current one. She is writing a piece for her present employer, and called me up to … [Continue reading]

The Mammals of Journalism

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Some 65-million years ago, a big hunk of something, either ice or rock or a slushy combination of the two, changed the Earth forever. The crash (or, given that 70% of the planet is covered by water, more likely a splash) triggered tsunami, major … [Continue reading]

A Workflow for Twitter

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No, Mom. I am not going to get fired. I am not going to be fired for "being on Facebook all day." It is, somewhat, my job. And the only reason it seems to you that I am on Facebook all day is that I publish quite a bit to Facebook - not … [Continue reading]

Paying to Shout When Twitter Mutes


For those of you who missed the news, Twitter is rolling out a new feature called Mute: Today we’re beginning to introduce a new account feature called mute to people who use our iPhone and Android apps and Mute gives you even more … [Continue reading]


Recently, Copyblogger announced that it was ending comments on its site. The decision was attributed to the vast mountain of spam comments (96%), and the never-ending fight to determine the intent of the publisher. It was simply not worth the time, … [Continue reading]

Ask Ike: Why are they naming winter storms?

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The Weather Channel has been adding catchy names to winter storms for a while now, but never really explained why. Promotional value? Winning bar bets by sneaking names onto the screen? Did winter storms win a lawsuit against hurricanes for … [Continue reading]