I’ve been doing lots of reading around creativity and the battles people face in creative endeavours, including Steve Pressfield’s follow up The Warrior Ethos. There’s no escaping that change is hard; it inspired this post this week about the challenge of pursuing big ideas in journalism and publishing.
More of people are saying goodbye to the convention of a job for life, instead moving from field to field every few years. Nice piece by Fast Company
"Shorter job tenure is associated with a new era of insecurity, volatility, and risk. It’s part of the same employment picture as the increase in part-time, freelance, and contract work; mass layoffs and buyouts; and "creative destruction" within industries."
Jazz and blogging are intimate, improvisational, and individual - but also inherently collective. And the audience talks over both.
We shouldn’t be surprised when someone chooses to publish their photos, their words, their art or their opinions. We should be surprised when they don’t.
Leslie Dodson on the media (and research)’s portrayal of “Africa”. Some really interesting questions for multimedia journalists working with NGOs and charities.
What does “We Are Journalists” say about journalism?
You’ve probably seen this Tumblr blog doing the rounds at the moment: a collection of contributions from journalists around the world under the 99% inspired banner “We Are Journalists”.
Like the 99% they have a set of demands - a manifesto for what they are trying to say.
And I’ll be honest: it doesn’t paint a very good picture for journalism.
Here’s a breakdown.
We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press.
For “bad press about the press” read “change”.
We are trying to be “team players.”
"Team players" is in quote marks hinting at a sarcastic lack of respect for the idea of team working.
We are terrified of more layoffs and paycuts.
They can’t see beyond the mainstream media bubble for all the amazing new kinds of journalism being innovated right now. They see fear instead of opportunity.
We would like to produce quality work without ‘obamasux99’ posting some non-sequitur rant at the end of it.
They have no respect for commenters, social media, or any form of two-way journalism. They want to write and be listened to like the old days.
We complain because we want things to be better.
They think complaining about something is how you make it better, not adjusting to changing times.
We would like some respect, plz.
They would like the internet to go away and for things to go back to how they were before, plz.
We are journalists.
So am I. But they don’t speak for me.
Mike and I had the same conversation in Moldova a few weeks ago. Multimedia as a term sucks, that’s for sure.
I call myself a ‘multimedia producer’ - but really I’m a video producer, who can make motion graphics, audio slideshows, radio and print.
We bandy the term ‘multimedia’ around as if it a type of storytelling in itself - when all it is the ability to tell a story in different ways.
Over dinner at #SNDSTL a friend and great designer/developer/art director/artist/journalist/storyteller Mike Schmidt (@mohawkstreet) made me think about this term “multimedia.” He asked me, “What is multimedia when everything is multimedia?”
That is really a good question. What is multimedia…
In the future, advertising will be like sex: only the losers will pay for it.
Last month, a sportsman known to have cheated on his partner with two women won an appeal to remain anonymous when the judge said the fact he had conducted a previous affair would make it easier for people to work out the nature of the allegations.
When you’re so much of a scumbag you need protecting so no-one can guess you might be scumbag.