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It took the Village Voice

Posted by: | November 29, 2011 | No Comment |

When Norman Mailer, Dan Wolf and Ed Fancher established the Village Voice, they didn’t have experience in the newspaper business. Fancher was the publisher of the Voice, Wolf the editor and Mailer was officially a silent partner. According to Menand, Wolf later said “If we had known more, we certainly would have suffered less.” Nonetheless, […]

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Before Borders

Posted by: | November 28, 2011 | No Comment |

Before going into the death of Borders and the changes in the ways we publish and consume written works, it is important to understand how we got here. It all goes back to 618 where the Chinese — not Gutenberg — invented block printing to reproduce copies of the tipao. The tipao were official newsletters […]

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Let me take you back to a time when news was not instantaneous. When news was spread by paperboys on street corners and families would learn of the happenings of the world from a piece of paper in the morning and a television set at night. Life in the 1960’s in America, during the height […]

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I will admit it; I was a late-comer to Twitter. I still don’t use it to post my own tweets, but it fascinates me to read. Being obsessed with celebrity culture, I’ve been most drawn to Twitter’s most famous tweet-o-philes. I started with Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk), moving on to John Mayer (@johncmayer), and then comedians […]

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The Village gains a Voice

Posted by: | November 24, 2011 | No Comment |

Have you heard of The Village Voice? It began as a neighborhood paper in Greenwich Village but ultimately changed journalism. As Louis Menand explains in “It Took A Village: How the Voice changed journalism,” The Village Voice changed what it meant to be a journalist. The Village Voice was founded by Norman Mailer, Dan Wolf […]

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In the early morning hours of Tuesday November 15th, Will Wheaton, former actor (Star Trek, Stand By Me) and current independent blogger, tweeted from Zucotti Park in New York: Isn’t it against the law for the NYPD to bar credentialed press from entry to Zuccotti and #occupywallstreet? What are they trying to hide? His tweet was […]

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Technology and Journalism. The two words go together like peanut butter and jelly. Journalism as a whole has been influenced by technology greatly over the past hundreds of years. The biggest enhancement has been the velocity at which news is delivered and distributed. As technology has gotten better and better, the speed of news has […]

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  Harold Ross and Henry Luce may not ring a bell but The New Yorker and Time magazine probably do. Ross and Luce were publishing rivals that shared one common goal: success.

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The world had long operated under the logical assumption that if you wanted your news to spread, you or someone else had to get themselves out there and spread it yourselves. There was no magic string connecting one town with another by which news, ideas, and trade could be spread. That was ludicrous…

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With the recent progression of the Occupy movement, the concept of citizen journalism has become increasingly more interesting to me. This interest, in part, is derived from the recent media attention focusing on police brutality (primarily pepper-spraying) at the Occupy protests. The most recently highlighted attack occurred at the University of California, Davis. Video of […]

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What’s next?

Posted by: | November 22, 2011 | No Comment |

That’s the question many people have been asking themselves and others lately, both in general conversation and in the media. We have the Internet. It’s almost literally everywhere. You can access it on a tiny screen that acts as a music player, video game, flashlight, day planner, and status symbol all at the same time. […]

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