Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photo by Robin Holland
At a Blog Converged, we get asked this question a lot, "Who do you want your journalists to be like?"

It's a good question. Our ingredients would includes smarts, savvy, great writing skills, empathy, good interview skills and last but not least, what we call "the fire" to tell stories.

On top of our list of journalists we hope our students emulate? Bill Moyers. The host of the acclaimed PBS series, "Bill Moyers Journal" talks about his new book, "Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues."

To all aspiring journalists, be like Bill!

Monday, May 16, 2011

WRDL digital makeover continues...

JDM recently took delivery of a new Harris digital board for the main console in the WRDL studio. The Harris board replaces the aging, analog Auditronics Series 210 installed in the 70's. This new board, paired with our new PTEK digital transmitter, make a powerhouse duo and will have WRDL sounding sweet for years to come!

Here's to the new board training as many outstanding radio journalists and talent as the last one...

Rock on!

Long-form journalism finds new platforms

The Los Angeles Times had a great piece in Sunday's newspaper about new platforms arising for long-form, narrative journalism. The piece talks about new sites like Byliner.com, the Atavist and Virginia Quarterly Review, all of which have given literary journalism a new, highly-visible home.

Byliner / May 15, 2011
Byliner.com launched in a big way with John Krakauer's "Three Cups of Deceit," which was a takedown of Greg Mortenson's untruthful memoir "Three Cups of Tea" and the tremendous amount of money Mortenson takes from the charity he created to fund his own book promotions.

This story backs up our belief here at AU that journalism is not dead, and long-form, literary journalism, still has a strong market. People will read it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What happens when a Journalist give the commencement speech?

It's commencement season and A Blog Converged took note of who passed along some words of journalistic wisdom to The University of Colorado's J-School grads recently.

Talk about the life of Reilly... His best advice to aspiring journalists?

"Don't write for free! Doctors don't doctor for free. Professors don't profess for free. Writers shouldn't write for free. Have some pride! If you do it for free, they won't respect you in the morning. Or the writer who comes along after you." ~ Rick Reilly, ESPN's Go Fish Blog