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Should political reporters be more than stenographers?

January 15, 2012

Arthur Brisbane asked readers Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?, in on his Public Editor's blog for the New York Times (1-12-12). Referring to stories about Clarence Thomas's claim that he had "misunderstood" a financial reporting form when he failed to report his wife's earnings from the Heritage Foundation, and about Mitt Romney's claim that President Obama has a habit of "apologizing" for America) (more…)

Author alert: Reclaim rights on books pubbed 1978 and after

January 10, 2012

Tags: copyright termination, recapture

"There is a provision in the 1978 copyright law that allows authors to reclaim rights to their books after 35 years," writes Mike Shatzkin in paragraph 17 of an interesting post about book publishing. "Titles published in 1978 become eligible for reversion, called 'recapture' apparently, starting in 2013. (With logic that is (more…)

Gratitude (Louie Schwartzberg)

January 7, 2012

Tags: video, TED talk, inspirational

Get a cup of tea and allow yourself ten minutes to which this beautiful 10-minute video by Louie Schwartzberg, a secular sermon of sorts, combined with visuals for meditation.

Click on bottom right corner to see full-screen image

If for some (more…)

History in and for a digital age

January 6, 2012

Tags: history, digital

History may be changing now as profoundly as it changed when Gutenberg introduced print, writes William Cronon, president of the American Historical Association. In a thought-provoking essay, The Public Practice of History in and for a Digital Age, Cronon writes that for "those of us in the humanities, the essence of a university consisted of (more…)

Soundtrack of your life

January 5, 2012

Tags: multimedia, multimodal teaching, graphic novels, song lyrics

"Sean Connors studies the way adolescents understand and interact with graphic novels, the more sophisticated successor to comic books," writes Heidi Stambuck's in The Sights and Sounds of Literature (Research Frontiers, University of Arkansas). Chris Goering examines what happens when English teachers ask students to analyze their favorite song lyrics and relate the lyrics to their personal history (more…)

Organizations for writers, editors, and publishing professionals

January 4, 2012

Tags: directory, writers, editors, publishing professionals

My Writers and Editors website is a little like Fibber McGee's closet, so I created a directory for myself, which I realized might be helpful to others. Here it is: a list of lists with links, by type:
Arts and poetry
Awards, grants, and (more…)

Audio-recording equipment, software, tools and tutorials

January 3, 2012

Tags: analog, audio, digital, formats, media, microphone, oral history, recording, tutorials

Newcomers to interviewing often ask about audio equipment, software, tools and tutorials for interviewing and editing. Here are a couple dozen links to resources I've found useful:
Audio Tools (Transom Tools, a showcase and workshop for New Public Radio) (more…)