Writing Style for Print vs. Web

Jakob Nielsen: Print publications — from newspaper articles to marketing brochures – contain linear content that’s often consumed in a more relaxed setting and manner than the solution-hunting behavior that characterizes most high-value Web use. In print, you can spice up linear narrative with anecdotes and individual examples that support a storytelling approach to exposition. On the Web, such content often feels like filler; it slows down users and stands…

Inside Google Book Search: U.S. copyright renewal records available for download

Inside Google Book Search For U.S. books published between 1923 and 1963, the rights holder needed to submit a form to the U.S. Copyright Office renewing the copyright 28 years after publication. In most cases, books that were never renewed are now in the public domain. Estimates of how many books were renewed vary, but everyone agrees that most books weren’t renewed. If true, that means that the majority of…

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Collaborative Authorship Made Easy

A good overview of the issues relating to using Wikis in the classroom. From the NCTE Inbox Blog: The benefits for collaborative writing should be obvious. Wikis allow multiple authors to edit a text easily. While the video doesn’t discuss it, wikis include tracking information so anyone can look at who makes changes to the texts and compare the different versions at different points in its creation. Try to do…

Educational benefits of social networking sites… low-income students, contrary to recent studies, are in many ways just as technologically savvy as their counterparts

From a University of Minnestoa press release: “What we found was that students using social networking sites are actually practicing the kinds of 21st century skills we want them to develop to be successful today,” said Christine Greenhow, a learning technologies researcher in the university’s College of Education and Human Development and principal investigator of the study. “Students are developing a positive attitude towards using technology systems, editing and customizing…

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Sibling Affection and Paternal Abstraction as Drawn By a Six-Year-Old; or, Aren’t My Daughter’s Drawings Cute?

My six-year-old daughter is a very visual thinker, who absolutely adores her brother. About a year ago, I stumbled across a notebook of sketches I made in 1980, when I was 12, and I remember how much I enjoyed drawing gadgets and cityscapes. So I bought a notebook and some mechanical pencils, thinking I’d encourage my daughter to express herself through art, and maybe in the process reawaken the visual…

Wikipedia Updater Fired For Scooping NBC on Tim Russert's Death

This one makes the o’l head spin… here’s the background. NBC journalist Tim Russert dies at work; NBC holds off on reporting the news until the family can be notified.  Someone who works for the company that supplies internet access to NBC updates the Wikipedia entry for Russert before NBC breaks the story. Scandal? Innocent mistake? Just cause for termination? (Silicon Alley Insider) According to the NYT, the person who…

Papers Facing Worst Year for Ad Revenue

NYT: For newspapers, the news has swiftly gone from bad to worse. This year is taking shape as their worst on record, with a double-digit drop in advertising revenue, raising serious questions about the survival of some papers and the solvency of their parent companies. Ad revenue, the primary source of newspaper income, began sliding two years ago, and as hiring freezes turned to buyouts and then to layoffs, the…

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Does anybody remember that Facebook thing?

A group of Seton Hill graduates who bonded through the SHU blogosphere in 2003 and 2004 have continued to use their blogs, and there are some newer students who have made an effort to continue their blogging this summer. Since the rise of social networking sites, the typical SHU student blog has gotten more academic, since the students who are intrested in developing their online identity and relationships already have…

Go Ahead, Steal My Car

The Chronicle Review ponders the effects of Grand Theft Auto IV: You need to be honest with yourself. Go outside and find a locked car – or go to the back alley where missile launchers hover in a glowing light waiting for you to pick them up, or go drive down that street in your town where all the strippers hang out waiting for you to pick them up – and see…

Above the Law?

Inside Higher Ed: Student newspaper advisers are something of an endangered species these days. They often get caught in the middle when administrators and student journalists clash over content, and in more than a few cases on college campuses in recent years, advisers — sometimes faculty members with tenure or tenurelike protections, but often vulnerable staff members — have found themselves losing their jobs. (High school newspaper advisers are even…