Pictures and type

Seen on Twitter
Seen on Twitter

A picture’s worth a thousand words? The thought crossed my mind when I saw the so-called summary cards with large images, one after another, on Twitter. Even the New York Times and Reuters are using big images to get attention on Twitter. Twitter users will, of course, say that’s nothing new. Instagram, Vine, Meerkat, Periscope, all show the importance of visuals on Twitter.Continue Reading

The power of Facebook

The 800 pound gorilla in the newsroom
The 800 pound gorilla in the newsroom

The newspaper reporter now has the worst job in America, according to Career Cast. Papers are folding, jobs dwindling. Even newspapers like the New York Times are turning to Facebook to attract readers.

The Times will soon start posting stories directly on Facebook and not just rely on links to attract readers.Continue Reading

Happy birthday, Microsoft

Paul Allen and Bill Gates
Paul Allen and Bill Gates

Happy birthday, Microsoft! What a long, strange trip it’s been. Forty years old today and 20 years since its biggest hit, Windows 95, Microsoft’s been “e-clipsed”, as the Economist puts it, by Apple as a moneymaker. But with a net income of more than $22 billion as of June 2014, it was still the world’s third most valuable company, according to the Financial Times Global 500, in December 2014, behind Apple (first) and Exxon Mobil (second), but ahead of Google (fourth) and Berkshire Hathaway (fifth).Continue Reading

William Zinsser: On Writing Well

Journalist and writing teacher William Zinsser says in his book, On Writing Well: “I’m occasionally asked if I can recall a moment when I knew I wanted to be a writer. No such blinding flash occurred. I only knew that I thought I would like to work for a newspaper.”

Zinsser, who was born on this day 92 years ago, on October 7, 1922, got his wish. He worked for the newspaper of his dreams – the New York Herald Tribune – before teaching writing at Yale, at the New School and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His book, On Writing Well, is a classic guide for non-fiction writing. First published in 1976, it’s still relevant today.Continue Reading