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Only What Matters

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The multifaceted, prismatic nature of the internet makes it a superior platform.

The net’s not easily classified as a single medium, as it incorporates, in equal focus, the three primary meta-media. That is, the three basic media through which we interact with out world, video, audio, and print. The web allows news organizations, papers and otherwise, to tell stories in a myriad of media.

So why don’t we just use the web?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Into the Air

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Quiet falls over the Internet tonight. An odd stillness, sanity, and calm from a city known for a hedonistic addiction to flashing lights. Pause… something’s not right.

You’re in a dead zone, where the lights haven’t flickered, where a web presence hasn’t been, and where silence, at least in that corner of our digital world, rules with an iron scepter. Welcome to my town. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Live?

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The six o’clock deadline died when television invaded American homes in a barrage of flickering light. Some say radio killed the evening deadline.

The Internet dug up its bones, and killed it again.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Live-tweeting, a review

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From 7 p.m. to 1:00 in the morning, I stared half at the stage and half into the small screen of a smudged I-pod, wondering who had the bright idea to live-tweet a town meeting.

Truth be told, I did. I talked it out with my editor, and we figured it would work, and be kind of cool for readers to see what was going on at the meeting if they couldn’t, or were to lazy to, go themselves.

It went well … mostly.

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Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

The Rotary

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If you’re on the internet, you’re spread across a few platforms.

I’m on Facebook, (If you like my work, or live in a town I cover, look me up), Twitter, and The Convergence Point. These are places where I place the Steven Fletcher flag and mark my own corner of the internet world.

The Internet.

We all have these places.

The problem is, those places are just that. Places – distinct, separate, zones where our names come up. They don’t talk to each other, or acknowledge that the others exist. When someone searches that name, they’ll find one of our outlets. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 3, 2011 at 11:24 am

Reader Directed

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We generally treat the story-searching process like panning for gold, waiting for the few “golden” stories to come through the wave of useless information. But, reporters, editors, and publishers don’t always know what the community cares about.

Simple answer, we need to ask.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

Being Human.

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Newspapers dominate my twitter feed, quite possibly against my better judgement, as I tend to get lost in the  content stream. But, in that stream of, I’ll see a name – a reporter, not a organization.

Finally, a human.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm