Archive For The “Journalism & Media” Category

Content Counts: Why Most Writing for the Web Fails to Deliver

By | November 28, 2013


I have two problems with the “Content!” mantra. First, it overlooks the obvious need to think about audience segmentation. Second, stylistic proficiency among many Web writers is, unfortunately, low enough to present a real barrier to content socialization.

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Myths from the Tech Press

By | August 11, 2013

A mix of varied sources and personal experience ought to trump any meta-narrative, especially when the narrative fosters myth. We can only hope that the tech press, filled as it is with bloggers and start-ups, finds its footing — and its quality — soon.

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Jason’s Manual of Proper English Usage

By | July 14, 2013


As an editor, I come across a lot of freelancer work product. Much of it is good. Some of it is atrocious. Very little is pristine. Over the years, I’ve collected some notes on the most common word-usage problems I’ve seen.

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Editing Is Inherently Subjective. Deal With It.

By | June 23, 2013

Editing is, by definition, subjective.

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Introduction to Statistical Reasoning (A Guide)

By | May 26, 2013


Curious about the very basic stuff a high-functioning journalist or business analyst ought to know about statistics?

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Want to Be a Better Writer? Then Read More and Write Less.

By | May 19, 2013

You cannot be an effective writer unless you spend ample time studying the great writers.

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Privacy by Obscurity in the Age of Google Glass

By | May 5, 2013


Any consumer tech that further erodes individual privacy should be kept on a short leash. By pushing back against Google and against individual Glass users, ordinary people can set a red line of privacy, beyond which no tech company shall be allowed to pass.

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Protect Your Rights with Google Authorship

By | April 8, 2013

It may pay in the long run to associate your Google Plus ID with your online written work product.

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Site Designers: Remember Your Small-Screen Visitors!

By | January 13, 2013

When you design a site with small visual elements — or worse, unavoidable pop-up ads — that can’t be cleanly pushed with a finger on a touchscreen, you’re inconveniencing your guests and increasing your abandonment rate.

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Podcasting: Advanced Topics

By | December 9, 2012


I co-host a weekly men’s lifestyle podcast that’s been on the market for more than two years. Our experiences — as well as knowledge-sharing with several other industry-recognized podcasters and audio professionals — have led to a bit of wisdom about what works and what doesn’t.

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