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Low-tech, high impact: Storytelling with Calvin Trillin

December 19, 2012 in Blog, Craft

Calvin Trillin

Writer Calvin Trillin visiting the University of Oregon

Journalism Accelerator

The evolution of news media means journalists can tell stories many ways quickly: through tweets, posts, live chats, short video takes or breaking-news blogging that’s refreshed by the minute.

But with the advent of 140-character updates, the future of 3,000-word long-form stories is uncertain.

Last week, the JA listened in as Calvin Trillin, a modern master of long-form narrative nonfiction, spoke with journalism professionals, students and scholars from nearby universities at the University of Oregon’s Turnbull Center in Portland.

Moderated by author and professor Lauren Kessler, the conversation held gems for journalists and publishers looking to keep a place for deeply told stories in our fast-take, short-form world. Read the rest of this entry →

After Deadline: Newsroom Notes on Usage and Style

November 21, 2012 in Craft, Resources

After Deadline examines questions of grammar, usage and style encountered by writers and editors of The Times. It is adapted from a weekly newsroom critique overseen by Philip B. Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards, who is also in charge of The Times’s style manual.” Source: After Deadline Blog

As careful as we try to be with words, sometimes our eyes glaze over and our brains freeze when we encounter numbers. Just pausing for an extra moment over a number — does this figure make sense? — might be enough to save us from some unfortunate corrections.” Source: Philip B. Corbett