The power of editing is deciding what you want to say and how you want to say it. And that power is simply, yet fundamentally, the exercise of journalism’s discipline, obligations and responsibilities:
- the discipline that guarantees the accuracy and clarity of the information in the text or visual stories sent into the world in the hope they will be understood and remembered;
- the obligations to both the creators of the stories, be they writers, photographers or artists who have entrusted their work and their reputation to editors, and the receivers of the stories, who trust them to be correct, fair, complete and purposeful;
- the varied responsibilities to serve the needs of individuals, communities, institutions and society at large. Stories often have advocates of all stripes – public relations agents, politicians, evil doers and good-deed doers – looking out for their interests. But no one – absolutely no one – is looking out for the audience with the clear-eyed independence of a journalist. And among journalists, no one but an editor has this job description: Advocate for the audience. Be the reader.
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First loves: In a storytelling experiment, Northwestern students produced this package of first loves based on the idea “that journalism on the Internet should be about connectivity. Not just hyperlinks or social networking, but connectivity in the sense that it has the unique ability to bring even perfect strangers together and show us what we have in common.”
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Victims of gang violence: Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times won the 2011 Pulitzer for feature photography when she helped readers understand the impact of gang violence on innocent bystanders. Poynter’s Kenny Irby’s Q&A with Davidson about the journalistic decisions she made and the advice she has for other photographers.
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You didn’t see me waving at you? Really??: Well, maybe you didn’t. Check out this fascinating NPR story on inattentional blindness, the result of recent research that indicates, once again, we shouldn’t trust what we think we see.
Back when there was only the Internet
When you don’t have a pair of dimes, you need a new paradigm. So what if the Internet was invented before newspapers? The Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat played with the possibility in this ad that Henry Lopez showed.
Team Coco shows its love for Apple’s newest version of Final Cut.
See, it’s a duck. A singing duck. A duck singing about whoopin’ some ass. And just like that, thanks to Victor Vaughan – poof! Stress is gone.
Charles Apple included KDFW-Channel 4′s video on social media madness in his presentation. Here’s the Dallas-Fort Worth station’s story on its video.
So what might the end of print journalism do to a certain segment of the audience? Henry Lopez found one possible answer. And if you want to know how The Onion’s staffers come up with their journalism, Baratunde Thurston explains.
Deborah Gump can’t post the who/whom scene from “The Office,” so she hopes you enjoyed this video instead.