Monthly Archive: February 2016


The Independent Journalist | February 29th, 2016 | #
MacGyver your own Freelance Community

My column for the latest issue of Quill:

I started freelancing nearly a decade ago, before the recession had taken hold. I’d worked at a community newspaper for several years, covering education, neighborhood news and the arts, and I wanted to explore new ground. At the time, it may have sounded risky to trade the downtown office for my sunroom, but the housing market hadn’t yet collapsed. Freelancing wasn’t exactly a get-rich-quick-scheme, but it afforded plenty of non-material benefits: independence, adventure and growth. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 27th, 2016 | #, #, #
Gallup: Americans Upbeat About Trade

A February poll by Gallup showed that Americans continue their view of trade as an opportunity for the American economy (58%) as opposed to it being a threat (34%).

This is significant because not too many people think about the impact trade has on local economies. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | February 27th, 2016 | #
The writing life (part two): Be part of the solution, not the problem

Guest blogger: Keith Campbell 

See part one of this series here.

What does it mean to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? I firmly believe that taking no action is being part of the problem. Now is not the time for keeping your head down and sticking to yourself. Stand up for yourself and what is right. Stand up for your fellow struggling writer because, if you’re not struggling now, chances are you were at one time. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | February 23rd, 2016 | #
The writing life (part two): Be part of the solution, not the problem

Guest blogger: Keith Campbell 

What does it mean to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? I firmly believe that taking no action is being part of the problem. Now is not the time for keeping your head down and sticking to yourself. Stand up for yourself and what is right. Stand up for your fellow struggling writer because, if you’re not struggling now, chances are you were at one time. Supporting your fellow writers is being part of the solution. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why GIFs help make good stories

As Twitter prepares to celebrate its tenth birthday, its influence on journalism is significant. As part of a series leading up to its tenth birthday, SPJ Digital is looking at Twitter’s influence, as well as best practices and advice.

Here, Randi Shaffer of the Chicago Tribune explores the rise of GIFs, and as news of tests emerge on Twitter, why they can become valuable in telling a story.

News isn’t static. So the way that we share it shouldn’t be, either. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Beijing makes it clear: All news must speak for the party

Despite all the public relations efforts aimed at the rest of the world to show how tolerant the Chinese government is, the current leadership is absolutely dedicated to preventing any views not in line with official policy from reaching the Chinese people.

One of the latest items is a new rule that only allows Chinese-owned media companies to operate behind the Great Firewall.

The latest came as President Xi Jinping visited People’s Daily, Xinhua and CCTV. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Beijing makes it clear: All news must speak for the party

Despite all the public relations efforts aimed at the rest of the world to show how tolerant the Chinese government is, the current leadership is absolutely dedicated to preventing any views not in line with official policy from reaching the Chinese people.

One of the latest items is a new rule that only allows Chinese-owned media companies to operate behind the Great Firewall.

The latest came as President Xi Jinping visited People’s Daily, Xinhua and CCTV. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 20th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Beijing makes it clear: All news must speak for the party

Despite all the public relations efforts aimed at the rest of the world to show how tolerant the Chinese government is, the current leadership is absolutely dedicated to preventing any views not in line with official policy from reaching the Chinese people.

One of the latest items is a new rule that only allows Chinese-owned media companies to operate behind the Great Firewall.

The latest came as President Xi Jinping visited People’s Daily, Xinhua and CCTV. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | February 19th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #
New Beijing Rules Block Foreign Media Online

It has long been known that China uses the Great Firewall to block Internet sites it can’t control. (To experience what Chinese Internet users face, go to Blocked In China to see if your website can be seen on the Internet in China.)

So far, there have been “rules” about what is allowed and what is not. Now, however, the Chinese government has issued new rules that — if enforced — would knock all non-Chinese owned media outlets off the Chinese Internet. Continue reading


Net Worked | February 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Has Snapchat truly discovered Discover?

Snapchat hopes to boost traffic for publishers on its Discover feature.(Photo: AdamPrzezdziek/Flickr under CC)

Since its launch last January, Snapchat has been trying to make its Discover feature work when it comes to social journalism. It attracted the likes of many various publishers, from ESPN and CNN to Comedy Central.

Yet, traffic to those stories had been difficult to achieve, as users of the Los Angeles based social network had to seek out these channels through search, located in another screen. Continue reading