A letter to journo-programmers: Teach me, inspire me

Posted by on Nov 24, 2009 in Blog, education, programming, theory | 5 Comments

St. Petersburg Times senior news technologist, and Politifact developer, Matt Waite: “If you could take a class from a journalist/programmer, what would you want out of it? I give my take based on my experience in Derek Willis’ CAR class.

Printies and webbies — we’re all journalists!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2009 in Blog, convergence, web | One Comment

As a student, I thought if I could just get the digital skills down, my journo-tech obsession would have a place in this world. Turns out, it might be far from that simple.

State of Healthcare Journalism

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in Blog, health, writing | No Comments

In mid-March, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a study on the state of healthcare journalism in the U.S.  As a budding journalist with a relatively new interest in the field, my self-recognized lack of years of experience is temepred by a completely unbridled passion and enthusiasm.  So delving into the pages I go, to figure […]

NYTimes Global Edition — do people care? Should they?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in Blog, convergence, theory, web | No Comments

I recently returned from my spring break trip to Paris. Besides my obligatory Eiffel Tower at sunset trips, eating copious amounts of escargots and pain au chocolat — not together, obviously — the other reason I was there was for an international media seminar trip with Northwestern. Meeting with foreign correspondents, online journalists, authors and […]

“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, Michelle”

Posted by on Feb 8, 2009 in Blog, theory, web, writing | No Comments

As some of you may know, my reporting beat at Medill right now is medical research.  One of my recent struggles has been fulfilling my class’ requirements for taking pictures, which is tough to do when dealing with large Chicago hospitals.  Perseverance can get you to speak to the chief of surgery, but it’s very […]


Posted by on Feb 1, 2009 in Blog, theory, web, writing | No Comments

What I’m about to say may mystify you, as I virtually throw myself over the bridge, in front of the bus, whatever metaphor you choose. Whatever happened to accountability for fact errors in journalism? Yes, as a practicing journalist I realize just how easy it is to make a fact error accidentally. And every time […]

Analysis of Interactive Features In WaPo’s Inauguration Timeline Map

Posted by on Jan 25, 2009 in Blog, web | No Comments

The Climax of New Media and Obamamania Many have argued that Obama’s candidacy would have been less successful if it had not been for the support of candidates who were mobilized and brought together by digital and social media technologies. Then, it makes sense that a lot of buzz surrounded the role of new and […]

How much video is too much video?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2009 in Blog, web | No Comments

As the inauguration approaches, I would love to be in D.C.  Chicago’s been THE place to be for long enough though, so I’m happy staying here.  I anticipate lots of crowds, and not lots of access to the interesting sights, parties and get-togethers. But I would like to see video, lots of video, to make […]

"Alternative Storytelling"

Posted by on Jan 11, 2009 in Blog, theory, web, writing | One Comment

Musings about what “alternative storytelling” means, and how it’s not a question-and-answer format article.