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Because Story is independent of medium

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Entrenching

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The City’s day-by-day walking, talking, and living marks only one part of the community. The other exists in the air, made up of locals who capitalized on the death of the gatekeeper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Steven A. Fletcher

May 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

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

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

Conversational Journalism: Dewey, Lippman and the twitterati

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From an unnamed artist,

“Dude threw on scuba gear, swam into a tsunami & saved his wife’s life.”

Wired magazine got it right.

Their tweet was unofficial, conversational and human. The reporter who wrote this feels like a real person, not a news-spewing robot. Read the rest of this entry »

Building a Good News Tweet

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Headlines alone won’t save us.

Tweets that read “Japanese Town Holds on to Hope,”  or Russia, U.S. warm up  on missile defense,” may work for national news outlets. But local news outlets don’t work the same way. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Second Dimension-land

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The blogosphere weighs  heavy over Gloucester, for a city measured in the tens of thousands. Local bloggers do some remarkable community work, just check out GoodMorningGloucester.

The local paper’s just starting to listen. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Steven A. Fletcher

March 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm