Friday, May 22, 2009

No cigars or green eyeshades in these new media newsrooms

From Harvard's Nieman Foundation and Nieman Journalism Lab, what sites, events or issues were worth Twittering about? More importantly, which of those did readers follow? See 40 most recent links from @niemanlab

I liked the "Inside five newsrooms that H.L. Mencken wouldn't recognize," but I wonder what newsrooms he would recognize today.

After all, Henry didn't even live to see the arrival of the IBM Selectric typewriter in the nation's newsrooms, much less the glowing green CRTs of the later 1970s, the PCs of the '80s or the departure of cigar-smoking as a workplace diversion.

(He died in 1956. His father owned a cigar company. The habit stuck. Amazing what you learn on the Web.)

Perhaps he would have recognized the BLOG. Browse these excerpts from his coverage of the Scopes "Monkey Trial."

Anyhow, do check out those Nieman tweets, especially Zachary Stewart's multimedia piece on the newsrooms of Talking Points Memo, Gawker, The Daily Telegram and The Spokesman Review. (See Telegram video above.)

Very effective use of short video clips in Stewart's blog, among other things.

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