A Tribute to a Journalism Favorite

As my news writing students work on several drafts ahead of a mid-term revision date, I found myself thinking of ways to remind them of the inverted pyramid. This BNKR Arquitectura concept for an “Earthscraper” (underground skyscraper) proposes to create a huge amount of prime downtown space, without sacrificing a central square. (The space is topped off with a clear glass roof, where crowds can gather as in a conventional…

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Micheal Flaherty: The Latest Crime Wave—Sending Your Child to a Better School – WSJ.com

Even when I mentally adjust for the alarmist rhetoric, I find this truly frightenting. What a pathetic use of resources… what a painful sign that our public schools are failiing, when they circle the wagons like this and villify their neighbnors, in an attempt to keep their local systems afloat. Other school districts use services like VerifyResidence.com, which provides “the latest in covert video technology and digital photographic equipment to…

If HTML5 Kills the Blog Format, I Won’t Shed a Tear

The blog format relieves publishers from the tiresome duty of producing covers and front pages and things to make their content more attractive and make readers want it. In some cases, it enables publishers to surrender any responsibility for making content attractive in the first place. There is a prophetic scene in the magnificent movie “Wall-E” where, after having floated in space for centuries in a self-contained shopping mall, the…