See-Ming Lee, who notes that “photographers hate being photographed,” captured this image of his fellow photogs at a Newmindspace event in NYC in 2009. Source:

Photos, Videos and Permission in a Digital Age

Do you have the right to take someone’s photo or shoot video of them without their permission? Yes. Full stop.

Have technical writers have figured out something about storytelling that could help journalists?

Graduate students at the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Review recently published “The Experiment” — after 10 weeks of research, the class picked 11 cutting-edge journalism things that they think represent the “best journalism experiments.”

But not all the writers are impressed with every experiment.

Take a closer look at Alexandra Hoey’s writeup on the Des Moines Register’s Harvest of Change project:

“The graphics have the look and feel of a videogame, with blue floating icons that viewers can click to reveal videos, information and quotes from farmers. …


Can journalism be delivered live on stage? Of course it can. Jon Stewart has done it for years. Colbert, Oliver, Wilmore, Maher all do it in one form or another. The premise of each man’s show is commentary on recent news delivered to a live audience. And each of them leavens the hard stuff with groaners, the dumber the better.

We know the concept works on a national level. So the question arises: Couldn’t local news ALSO be delivered live on stage with jokes?

Enter the community talk show. The Internet will point you to several. I recently attended the…

A screenshot from the trailer for “Mothering Inside”

Documentary filmmaker Brian Lindstrom embraces the tough stories

Brian Lindstrom is a Portland-based documentary filmmaker who broke through to the mainstream with “Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse.” The film explores the case of Chasse, a well-known fixture in the Portland indie rock scene and a schizophrenic, who died in Portland police custody in 2006.

Lindstrom, 54, is a lifelong resident of Portland, Ore., and has been producing documentaries for years. One notable film, his 2007 work “Finding Normal,” followed three long-term addicts and was broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting. …

If you don’t recognize my profile art above, it’s a piece of Mondriaan’s 1943 painting “Broadway Boogie Woogie,” adapted in the 1980s for the EMI Manhattan record label. it’s one of my favorite expressions of how we can find art and beauty in modern constructions (such as the city grid of Manhattan).

The Oregonian newsroom on June 20, 2013, in a photo tweeted by staffer Anna Griffin.

Ken Doctor predicts the future of news production.

As the man behind Newsonomics, Doctor contributes a column for Nieman Labs and has published a “Newsonomics” book. He also delivered the keynote at the University of Oregon’s 2015 What is Journalism conference.

I caught up with him a few days after his speech and asked him a few followup questions. His answers were gracious and thorough.

You said in your talk that The Oregonian’s experiment with going digital-first appears to be paying off financially and that other companies have taken notice. Do you see this model becoming the standard for all dailies?

Yes and no. No doubt, by…

Taping an episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud” radio program at the 2015 What is Journalism conference

News geeks, data dorks, and journalists of all stripes converged in April at the University of Oregon Journalism School’s downtown Portland campus for the What is Journalism? conference. They heard a range of speakers take turns chewing on the current state of the industry.

Academics toyed with theory, literally attempting to answer the title question. Meanwhle, podcasters and multimedia producers dropped in from the field to speak about their practical successes in a post-newspaper world.

Notably, we heard from a lot of folks proud of their launches and innovations, but fewer good ideas about how a newbie in the…

John Strieder

Writer/editor/multimedia journalist in Oregon. DJs some, travels a bit

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