The Convergence Point

Because Story is independent of medium

Essentials?

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An eighteen page newspaper’s just a bit too long for my taste.

The average morning paper contains a few front-page, leading stories, several local sports pieces, the community calendar, meeting agendas, and the occasional arts and life piece. All deal with the paper’s region.

I’ve read through the two major local papers on Cape Ann, the Salem Evening News, and the Gloucester Daily Times  and paused,  wondering if what I’m reading really needs to be there. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Prism-screen

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The Internet stole the gatekeeper’s keys, and opened the gates before he could shut them. News organizations don’t control the news, they haven’t since the blogosphere became a place where people actually went.  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Pieces

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A news story contains four parts, regardless of medium, subject or taste.

You lead, summarize, expound, and close. Begin by drawing in, saying something news worthy, “this important person did this,” “this happened to this important place,” etc, or by saying something unexpected. The lead should grab a reader by the throat and refuse to let go. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Angles

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Each medium highlights different aspects of the way people understand a story.

If a narrative requires thought, generally a long-form, print piece that readers can look over quickly, and frequently, works best. If the story’s visual, colorful, and exciting, print doesn’t work. It feels to distant, and academic.

Video does these well. But, video lacks the depth, and potential for review, that print media has.

To each their own. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Media, Platforms, Protocol

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In these last few days, we’ve ardently defended the indefensible. We’ve tried to breath life back into a dead-man, not a man without a pulse, but a corpse. Our conversation does no good.

We’re talking about saving newspapers, television stations, and radios. Platforms. We’re expending inordinate amounts of energy into a gaping maw that won’t close. They don’t need saving. Like any platform, any “thing” we use to communicate, they will change, or be left behind.

It’s not about saving “the media,” it’s about saving journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Black, White, Read.

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For the next week, I’m going to look at what makes a daily newspaper tick. Each letter, section, column, and photograph. This  series will focus on local papers, the services they provide, and how we can cut, clip, and streamline. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

April 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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