shiny shimmery sparkles.

Hand Cut Newspapers Form Visually Striking Patterns 

Terrible with Pumpkin

Better with pumpkin

(… or at least good with pumpkin)

A list in progress, your suggestions are welcome.

That Madison Avenue has finally gotten around to objectifying men’s bodies was hardly lost on Twitter users. “Amazing how seeing @TheZestyGuy makes you want to eat more salad!” @KatinaCorrao wrote in a tweet.

It is.

It’s great we live in a democratic society, but we’ve lost all sense of decorum and occasion,” Ms. Mears said. “To be on Fifth Avenue is now about the same as being on the Coney Island boardwalk.
Who, in the middle of a renewed scandal brought to us by a source called The Dirty, wants to be the one demanding a return to the sobering and relevant, the one to insist to people on their third round of margaritas that now is the time to talk about juice cleansing?

Why Develop in the Newsroom

As we talk with people about the fellowships, one question keeps coming up: I’m a talented coder—why develop in the newsroom? So this week, one month out from our deadline to apply, we’ve posed that very question to people who do this for a living. (more)

Dan Sinker, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Project

So, why develop in the newsroom? Newsrooms differ from publication to publication, but generally, here’s my take on why you might want to work in one, dear talented coder: 

  • coming up with innovative ways to convey the news to readers is more rewarding than a/b testing a marketing campaign
  • you care more about real world problems than shaving yaks
  • you like to learn 
  • … and you definitely like to teach
  • you’re not in tech to sit in a dark room and come up with more efficient algorithms
  • … but sometimes you like coming up with more efficient ways of doing things
  • … because you don’t have the budget to throw more hardware at a problem

Because what other job would have you at various points:

Develop in the newsroom because you like challenges that come with rewards. Do it because you’ll love it.

Try it, you’ll see.

Why Design Matters: If Snow Fall Were Published in a Standard Template


I am in beautiful Bergen, Norway, this week for the Nordic Media Festival. I gave a talk this morning on digital storytelling and, of course, everyone wanted to talk about Snow Fall.

As part of the presentation — and to drive home my point about design — I mocked up what Snow Fall might have been had our brilliant design, graphics and video teams not taken this project on.

Since a couple people asked for it, I decided to post the images here.


Doesn’t really grab you like the actual piece, does it?

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Maybe he has always had an abiding love for the remarkable drama and character development of vampire fiction. All we can know for sure is that whatever Suárez’s motivation late in the second half Sunday, he delivered what was almost surely a stunning, and grossly unhygienic, farewell.

The New York Times

… there was very little point in me writing a story saying “some person you probably haven’t heard of is very unlikely to actually exist”.

Given the amount of information pouring onto the internet every minute, it’s statistically inevitable that a substantial amount of that information is going to be erroneous — especially when the source is something as unedited as Reddit or Twitter. No mainstream journalism outlet should allow its coverage of a major story to be hijacked by backchannel noise — especially when a large part of the value such outlets provide is that they filter out the noise and transmit only a reliable signal. Just because your readers can peer behind the curtain, doesn’t mean you have any responsibility to yank it open yourself.

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