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New Finds / Shifting Practice: Twitter as a net to find international sources


I’m falling down the rabbit hole of Twitter after the Worldviews conference experience and the impact to my media consumption rituals has been dramatic. I’m entering entirely new streams of information and, in an effort to try to organize and curate what I’m coming across, I’m going to occasionally blog “New Finds / Shifting Practice”. These entries will cover journalism practice trends that I don’t really know much about right now but want to learn more.  “New Finds” are posts where I don’t (can’t) offer critique or context.. and I might very well be sniffing into dead ends. Maybe you’ll find them interesting (or, even better, can comment to correct my course).

This morning, I watched Andy Carvin, a senior strategist with National Public Radio, be interviewed by the Center for Sustainable Journalism (@CSJournalism).  Carvin has been engaging deeply in the use of social media, particularly Twitter.

He has been able to capture wide cohorts of potential sources from the revolutionary protest movements in the Middle East, drawing people into dialogue with the West.

“For this type of work Twitter has been most useful for me, simply because it is an ongoing conversation that other people can follow.”  [2:30]

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Journalism’s crack cocaine – celebrity news


Great story in the Sunday New York Times about celebrity journalism. Here’s the quote of the day from Lindsay Lohan’s dad:

“It’s a business,” he said, adding, “If they want to write stories about me, why shouldn’t I get paid to tell the truth?”

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Newsflash: the epoch has ended. Seriously.


Goodbye holocene (the epoch in planetary history that started 12,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age).

Welcome anthropocene.

It isn’t often that you can really claim, as a journalist, that a true “era” has ended… and usually that’s reserved for things like the close of Katie Couric’s term as a network television anchor.

This talk on TEDx Canberra outlines an amazing meta-view of the planet by  Will Steffen, the executive director of the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute.  It contains some of the arguments now being raised that we have moved into not only another era, but an entirely new epoch: the epoch of human beings.

Andrew Revkin of dot.earth at the New York Times has great coverage of what this all means: it re-frames the conversation about the great risks we’re facing (climate change being only one of many). The new focus could be one in which we begin to delineate and respect the planet’s boundaries. We, as humans, must learn how to live within them.

So ends our ‘teen-style resource binge’, says Revkin. “We no longer have the luxury of ignorance.”

The evidence and arguments to establish the anthropocene are going through the various processes now, so it will take a couple of years to shake this all out.

But you heard it here first. 🙂 Talk about the scoop of the cent… well, you know.

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