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Where do you find confidence as a media maker?

April 26, 2013 |

John McPhee offers a number of clues in he latest New Yorker. Two of my favorites: Realizing you’re not alone in your despair, and a way to find the word you need. His take on the first:

If you lack … Read More

How might crowdcaring help heal the Boston bombings?

April 23, 2013 |

I happened to land in Boston this past weekend and wrote about my experience for the Cognoscenti section of I did so with the idea of transformative or restorative narrative in mind — the theme of ivoh’s upcoming summit. … Read More

How might a story save a life?

March 14, 2013 |

In this age of metrics like pageviews and time on site, maybe journalism needs some new ones. Preconceptions challenged? Attitudes changed? Lives saved?

Here’s a column by Connie Schultz that might just move the meter on that last metric. Ideas … Read More

What role can inspiration play in news?

March 14, 2013 |

I’m as skeptical about the idea of “good news” as anyone who’s spent time trying to figure out what people need and want when it comes to news, good and otherwise. But I’m also increasingly skeptical about the traditional frame of “out of the ordinary,” which more often than not translates to “bad news.” Good for the Spaniards for experimenting with new forms. (and hat tip to Julie Moos for the link).

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What lessons do past glories hold for the recovery a city needs today?

March 13, 2013 |

In a remarkable story today in Deadline Detroit, Bill McGraw contrasts Detroit’s currently grim reality with a week nearly 62 years ago when the city celebrated its 250th birthday and was hailed as, among other things, “brash, ingenious, emphatic and go-getting” (by TIME magazine, no less).

McGraw raises the key question: “If Detroit can decline so drastically in six decades, could it not stage a recovery of some sort over the next 60 years?”

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Have you considered

March 4, 2013 |

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  1. @Zlati Meyer of the Detroit Free Press describes the National Day of Unplugging:

What opens up when plugs get pulled?

March 1, 2013 |

I’d not heard of the National Day of Unplugging until it arrived today. I was alerted to it only because I was plugged into Facebook, where I encountered Jody Brannon’s post about it. That prompted my own FB post:

Have you considered cell-ibacy? The Free Press’ Zlati Meyer explains that it’s just for a day, and that this particular form of abstinence precludes hook-ups of a different sort. This post signals my decision to pass on this year’s National Day of Unplugging, but I’m going to give it a try one day soon.