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Journalism Writing

Grammar, crash blossoms, and 140 characters

I was disturbed by this tweet from the New York Times National News account.

It felt off. There was something about the grammar that I didn’t like. I spent over a minute trying to decipher what it meant.

How do you break down this headline?

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Education Writing

Dear Professor Poliakoff

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FRS, a British chemistry professor researching the applications of supercritical fluids in green chemistry. He is probably best known for his appearances in the Periodic Table of Videos by videojournalist Brady Haran at http://www.periodicvideos.com/. Photo from the Royal Society.

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Future Of Journalism Writing

Avoiding the word “normal”

Very few words are as telling about your worldview as the word “normal.”

I think a lot about the power of words. I started thinking about the interpretation of language in English Literature class, when I was taught to attempt to illustrate every possible understanding of a particular noun phrase to build a passable case for my interpretation of the author’s intentions.…

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Future Of Journalism Journalism Writing

Analytics data can and should be used to improve reporting.


Consumers are generally aware that their web interactions are tracked, and their interests and demographics are calculated. It’s time for editors and writers used that information to improve their reporting for their readers and audiences.

The role of journalism is has always been to inform people about what they need to know.…

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Future Of Journalism Journalism Writing

Regarding the future of journalism


I’m experimenting with a series of posts regarding the future of the journalism industry.

I’m probably underqualified to write this as a second-year undergraduate journalism student, but I’m also told to say something whenever “something doesn’t feel quite right,” so here goes: the journalism industry is in a critical condition.

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Writing

We need new data privacy legislation, because Apple’s getting away with eroding your privacy

A sign at the Apple Store Union Square today. Apple claims all rights to use your image however they want, without your consent or permission. Photo by me.

I get that your personal data privacy protection probably isn’t high on your list of political priorities.…

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Writing

Hate speech is free speech.

Demonstrations in Berkeley on Feb. 1, 2017 after protests against the scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a far-right speaker and editor of Breitbart News. While hate speech is free speech, property destruction and arson aren’t. This brilliant photo by Joe Parks on Flickr.

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Writing

Eight days

It literally took me eight days before I felt that I could no longer support the individual that has been constitutionally elected as our president.

Eight days. 1453 days to go.…

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Technology Writing

This is a terrible idea.

Don’t do this. Screenshot by TechCrunch.

TechCrunch is reporting that Charter Communication’s Spectrum service encouraged people to change the WiFi passwords to show their support for the Super Bowl, scheduled to take place in two weeks.

I’m going to repeat what the article said: this is a terrible idea.

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Politics Writing

President Donald Trump

The Executive Residence of the White House. Image by Daniel Schwen [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington.