Where USF faculty, students and graduates are invited to talk about journalism and its problems and opportunities. This blog is not affiliated with the University of San Francisco, nor is the university responsible for any of the opinions expressed herein -- though it is certainly responsible for the people who entertain those opinions, having educated them. They make us proud.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

A Satirical View of TV News

It's so easy to ridicule TV news, especially the cable variety, but it raises the fundamental question of what one might call "the ethics of balance." Who wants a meal that's all dessert? Maybe that should be: Who needs a meal that's all dessert, no matter how much they want it?

Gresham's law: Bad money drives out good.

Shakespeare's law: A little more than a little is by much too much.

Robertson's law: A fool and his liberty are soon parted.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Exploritorium Looking for Sr. Science Writer

Love dissecting frogs? Do you know what H20 stands for? Then check out the senior science writer position at the Exploritorium. A friend just forwarded it on to me.


Friday, March 23, 2007

I have officially entered blog-dom

Hi Dr. Robertson and USF-ers,

In two weeks, I will start my new job as an assistant editor at a very successful San Francisco-based fashion blog, Fabsugar.com. I am leaving Citysearch because my job was a contract position and the pull of a permanent job was much too strong. Plus, I could never say no to fashion. The startup company, Sugar Publishing, has a dozen other sites, including Popsugar.com, Teamsugar.com, Dearsugar.com, Fitsugar.com, Yumsugar.com and more. Check them out if you're interested.

Now, I don't know whether or not my new position will make me a journalist or just a "blogger," but frankly, I could care less because I'm going to be doing what I love and am going to get paid well to do it. That means more to me than titles.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Breaking News

George Sanchez's series on the questionable use of gang contracts in local high schools won second place in the annual Associated Press Executives Council's contest honoring best news writing and photography. George's series won the Fairbanks Award (public service) for reporting that had an impact benefitting the community

More as details become available.

Wiki vs. Truth: Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves?

It's always a challenge to educate students -- and the rest of us, too -- about the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia. This is how the journalism ethics class is tackling that issue.

Friday, March 16, 2007

The Beat Goes On

From the SF Chronicle story about the South by Southwest Interactive Festival:

During SXSW, as the festival is known, bloggers copiously wrote synopses of the talks, often with their own take. Podcasters performed a similar service with audio. Vloggers, shorthand for video bloggers, made increasingly sophisticated news episodes for a range of Web sites.

Everyone with a camera -- or even a cell phone -- uploaded pictures to photo sharing sites like Flickr and Photobucket. The Internet crackled with posts, commentary, stories and episodes, delivered to people's
inboxes via RSS readers.

"I walked into the conference and saw the press suite and said, 'Forget that.' The press suite is the entire place," said panelist Jose Castillo of Johnson City, Tenn. "We're in an age when anybody can be a journalist. I take pictures, and suddenly I become an outlet."

And later in the story:

A range of newer tools even added to the experience. People could go to news aggregators like Digg to see what the top stories were. They could check blog aggregators like Technorati to read the latest comments in the blogosphere. They could send instant messages to large groups via Twitter, a new technology that allows people to make instant networks with friends via their cell phones.

Digg, Technorati and Twitter are based in San Francisco, along with Flickr, Photobucket and scores of others, helping to cement the city's status as the home of new media. It seemed this week that all the coffeehouses in San Francisco must have emptied out, sending their patrons to the Texas capital.

Anna Wintour Hates Blogs!

Well, not really. She just doesn't want her Web site to be thought of as one.


Friday, March 09, 2007

ira glass on storytelling

ira glass on having good taste, overcoming the gap between your own good taste and your own not so good output, and doing lots and lots of work. five minutes and nineteen seconds of smart advice. [found via the x degree]

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Writing about the Dead with Respect

Something else from our Journalism Ethics class.

After 9/11, the New York Times decided to do a brief obit for each of those killed at the twin towers that day. It turned into Portraits of Grief, a remarkable mosaic of pain and loss and catharsis.

Here's the link. I'm not sure if the portraits are behind the subscription wall or not. I hope not.

Click on the Reporters and Editors video for sense of the effect the creation of these pieces had on those who wrote and edited them.

Friday, March 02, 2007

coverage of the car accident at USF

folks, here is a short list of growing media coverage of the terrible car accident at USF. if appropriate, please add links to any other stories and blog entries in the comments.

sf chronicle
the bicycle diary

A Dean's Wife is Run Down and Killed on Turk St. A Student "Blogs" the Accident. Reporting?

Here's the link.

What do you think?

Are Bloggers Parasitic?

Romanesko has already done the work, so:

Online Journalism Review
The charge that blogs are "parasitic" bothers Robert Niles, and he's been hearing it a lot at forums attended by newspaper journalists. "To me, it's a poorly informed insult of many hard-working web publishers who are doing fresh, informative and original work. And by dismissing blogs as 'parasitic,' newspaper journalists make themselves blind to the opportunities that blogging, as well as independent Web publishing in general, offer to both the newspaper industry and newspaper journalists."

Thursday, March 01, 2007

This Internship Has a Friendly Face

The student would be working at CNET with distinguished USF grad Jessica Dryden-Cook.


Job ID: 0120000107004

Want to work for a Top Ten Media Company and a website that is Top 3 in its space? Webshots, a leading online photo and video sharing community, is hiring a part-time marketing intern to work to help grow the Webshots audience. Work with the Audience and Content Development team to market new products to over 16 MM US unique users monthly. Opportunity to learn skills in multiple aspects of marketing (including Search Engine Marketing, Advertising, Email and Audience Development), business development and product launch strategy.


*Experience with Excel and analysis of marketing campaigns effectiveness

*Familiarity with popular social networking sites

*Familiarity with Webshots

*Be a part of launching new products

Students welcome, position hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules.

Additional Information:
Percent Travel No Travel
Professional/College College
Brands Webshots
Expertise Marketing - ALL
Job Type Part Time
Location CA-San Francisco
Preferred Language English