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Six brief news writing tips — or are they?

Every semester I tell students in the introductory news writing class that the basics of writing in a news style will be useful in other types of writing. Take this list, for example: Keep it brief. Be concise, simple and

Posted in Android, communication, Journalism, Newspapers, Online-Only, usability, WebDesign, writing

New tools and new tools

Nice article, if the link works… New Tools for Today’s Investigative Journalist I may have chopped off a few characters at the end or the address while fumbling with another “new tool” — not one mentioned in the article. My

Posted in Blogging, communication, Reporting, Tablets & eBook Readers, usability, WordPress

Times Droid update better; still no cigar

The latest update of The New York Times Droid app shows some improvements, but I still prefer reading the Times mobile Web site with the phone’s browser. The good news: For those of us with aging eyes and smaller Android

Posted in Computers, Newspapers, Radford, Tablets & eBook Readers, usability, WebDesign

Grammar News, Good & Bad, at The New York Times

I just stumbled on what looked like  a useful resource page at The New York Times, the “Times Topic” page headed, Grammar News. Unfortunately, it seem the Times‘ attention to detail doesn’t extend to riding herd on the links on

Posted in Journalism, News, Newspapers, Online-Only, usability, WebDesign

Smartphone apps, dumb advertising

I just installed the new TIME Mobile for Android application and the first thing I noticed was a totally wrong advertisement. That reminded me: The first thing I saw when I loaded The New York Times Android app a couple

Posted in News, Newspapers, smartphones, Tablets & eBook Readers, usability, WebDesign

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