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Make it Work
Female writers of Gizmodo are tired of sexist comments from users, assuming they aren’t smart enough to write for a tech site, and Molly Oswaks took to the blog to say something about it. “Some of you seem to be under the misguided impression that sexual favors are the only way a woman could possibly end up writing for a tech blog—wrong. And you know what? It’s not just wrong, it’s rude,” Oswaks said. She’s understandably heated about this subject and her language reflects it.
If the kids are united, they will never be divided! And they don’t want professionals editing their newspapers. The Washington Post reports, University of Georgia newsies walked out when the student editor was replaced by a non-student and who was given the final say in editorial decisions. The students see it as a move by the University to influence fair and even campus journalism, while the University contends it’s all about libel and standards.
The future of journalism could be illustrated. The Chicago Tribune’s Christopher Borrellispoke with Erin Polgreen about her vision for changing the way people get their news. No, it’s not a 24-hour Bloom County ticker, as I hoped. It’s a tablet-based magazine called Symbolia. “Last spring, after landing $34,000 in grants from both the McCormick Foundation and J-Lab, an American University-based center that promotes fresh approaches to old-school journalism, she posted an online call for submissions for Symbolia. In less than two weeks, she received more than 80 pitches from journalists and cartoonists,” Borrelli reports.
Feeling less than productive? Francisco Dao has found the answer to getting it done in the form of one simple question.
If you’re going through Olympics withdrawal, Wired has a quick fix: They picked the most iconic photos from the thousands viewed over the course of the Games. The website is quick to point out that this is not a list of the best images necessarily, but a tribute to the faceless photojournalists who shape our memories and contains some images you might not have seen.
As a journalist, typing on a tablet is about as far as you can get from the romanticized notion of the furrow-browed writer banging away at his typewriter, white out in one hand, cigarette in another. It’s very difficult to take out deadline frustrations on an iPad. All that is about to change. “At the intersection of old and new technology sits the iTypewriter, an iPad-typewriter hybrid created by industrial designer Austin Yang. The device allows iPad users to type text documents without laying a finger on the touchscreen,” Mashable.com reports. See it for yourself here.
Finally, R.I.P former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown whose influence changed the covers and the contents of women’s magazines forever … the Awl’s abridged version of 26 Poems by Emily Dickinson … Reuters’s photographer’s blog shows Pussy Riots’s activist origins in photos … Perfect reading for a crisp autumn day … and why it’s gotten better for writers.