RIP Storify

For the past seven-plus years, I’ve made 34 Storify stories by combining posts from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to tell stories in different ways. At the time I started, it felt like a great possibility for storytelling in general (check out this Storify) and the future of journalism in particular. Storify will come toContinue reading “RIP Storify”

My Oscar picks (of what I’ve seen in the last year)

Best best picture nominee, that I’ve seen Spotlight, but I’ve only seen Spotlight, the Martian, and Mad Max: Fury Road (I liked them all) Best Star Wars thing Sure, the movie was fun, but the Solo Family Portrait blew me away. Best real depiction of journalists Spotlight has been hailed for its realistic portrayal ofContinue reading “My Oscar picks (of what I’ve seen in the last year)”

In memory of Medill professor Bob McClory

“So I’m thinking it’s either a Pulitzer in six years, or a mental hospital for you.” That was Bob McClory, a journalism professor of mine who died last Friday at age 82. Or at least that’s what I remember him saying at the end-of-the-quarter meeting about my writing and final grade when I was aContinue reading “In memory of Medill professor Bob McClory”

A few words to a young writer about arts journalism

I was recently interviewed via email by a high school student interested in arts and entertainment journalism. Here are some of the questions and answers: Q: What different professions have you held in order to get where you are now? A: I had a journalism internship at the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, Wash., when IContinue reading “A few words to a young writer about arts journalism”