JIM LEHRER: People often ask me if there are guidelines in our practice of what I like to call MacNeil/Lehrer journalism. Well, yes, there are. And here they are:* Do nothing I cannot defend.
* Cover, write and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
There may be no more common sticking point in working the incredibly talented, smart, and opinionated producers at PBS is notion of the “related link.” It has surpassed the realm of web UX and taken on an almost mythical quality – the peg on which the editorial gods shall hang their hats, shall we say.
The typically fantastic On The Media covered the phenomenon of “cyberchondria” this week. That is, the pernicious tendency to “escalate” one’s web-enabled self diagnosis of what, from a clinical perspective, are trivial health issues.
In telling a story on the state of nuclear proliferation, I wanted to approach the subject from several different angles. First, I wanted to address the international rhetoric supporting arms control and nuclear weapons abolition. This was well suited to a map projection, which provides snapshot of how many regions, countries, and leaders [...]
The U.S. Postal Service Museum has a beautifully designed and highly informative and entertaining exhibit of stamps. The exhibit is titled “A-Z,” and it uses a typographically-diverse alphabet as the basis for telling the history of stamp and envelope design.
For each letter’s display, the designers created a theme that begins with the letter [...]
Over this past weekend I worked with ImpreMedia, a Spanish-language media network, to stream a live translation of PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer’s coverage of the Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court confirmation hearings. This included pulling together branding assets and a content package strategy with the folks at ImpreMedia who were excited [...]
When Chris Anderson delves into the “power of collective intelligence,” he asserts that the web-based amplification of word-of-mouth communication has serious implications for the trading of recommendations and popularizing of content. In his model, aggregators and filters place genres, categories and ideas into neat contextual buckets that give their relative recommendations meaning and [...]
The news industry is suffering one of its worst years in modern history, including a splintering audience, plummeting revenue and the inevitable layoffs that follow. But even in this in environment some have found ways to find success in the fault lines of the media landscape.
The Uptake, a left-leaning Minneapolis-based journalism [...]
Flanked on one side by an alley and by a crumbling antiques store façade on another, Dos Gringos Café has become a stable mainstay in a changing and sometimes troubled neighborhood. After nearly 9 years of serving the Mt. Pleasant community of Washington, D.C., however, it faces even more challenges than in [...]
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists from The Washington Post convened this Saturday to discuss the sometimes quirky and often wrenching stories behind their award-winning photographs.
For my Art History Senior Thesis, or so-called “Comps” at Carleton College, I gave a historical comparative analysis of art that has striven in either form or function to provoke illusion in the viewer or cause the psychological phenomenon of immersion. From these works I traced the evolution of illusionistic concepts into the immersive [...]
In the Spring of 2006 I co-developed a happening funded by the Art & Art History Department of Carleton College along with the Carleton Administration. Combining inexpensive and readily available building materials with live video and lighting, we created an indoor video landscape for an estimated 500 participants.
Encouraged to adopt the guise of [...]
Nearing the end of my time at Carleton College, I sought to find and document those events – in a confluence of very special conditions – that only occur in such a college environment. The removed, rural setting of the college and intensely academic though thoroughly eccentric student populous produces many of these [...]
Nick Ver Steegh, manager of the KRLX record library in Northfield, Minnesota, gives an audio tour of his favorite place on Earth. Musk, weird growths, and the dusty haze of a half century of vinyl provide the backdrop for this interview.
Produced in conjunction with Emily Schwing of KRLX’s Periscope production staff. Photo by [...]
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