Old-school printers owned a collection of lead letters and numbers. They set the type for stories and headlines from that font. Limits can be freeing. Printers didn’t stand around every day wondering what typeface was best. They used what they had. I sometimes am overwhelmed by the choices before me. Designer Pablo Stanley, via The Type Snob, offers advice for choosing typefaces that are readable. That’s the point of text — to convey ideas. I even learned to make a real dash on the Mac — option shift hyphen. I know better than to use two em dashes in a row. But I had to practice.
We’ve achieved a lot more transparency in today’s Washington—without the accountability that was supposed to come with it.
Does it matter if we seek the truth and report it? Here’s a short history of covering politics from the “print is king” era to now — by a woman who has lived it: Covering politics in a “post-truth” America | Brookings Institution
OK, the director of CNN Digital didn’t say the same word five times, but she could have. Have a specialty, measure what matters, match platform to message, tend to your story after publication, and go in order.
Here’s the flavor of Meredith Artley’s remarks made at Harvard last week and a link to the audio of her presentation:
Artley also discussed how analytics can be used to improve journalism — without compromising an outlet’s commitment to hard news. “It’s not saying, ‘Let’s not do Ukraine because nobody’s clicking on it.’ It’s saying, ‘This is a critically important story — how do we need to position this … to reach the broadest audience?'” she said. “Don’t simplify the argument into ‘data bad, journalistic instinct good.’”
Neither science nor journalism benefits from the “reality tv” approach of this “Discovery” fail.
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The world of independent science blogging and direct communication from scientist to audience sees another turn.
… or so the rule goes. But while we hear the plural, inclusive “they” used often in speech for indefinite reference, how do we refer to specific individuals? And can we prescribe pronouns? A linguist from the University of Illinois is quoted as saying that prescribing usually doesn’t work.
The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT started counting the press releases appearing as news in The Washington Post. They got a reaction and explain it all here.