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#FAIL, #JCARN: Journalists should learn to ‘fail informatively’

What I have to remember from my failures as a newspaper editor is that if I always waited until I was 100 % sure of all the information I published, I would have never published anything. That’s why David Cohn’s quote really sticks with me. I thought of it immediately when he suggested this month’s topic. I wish I had his conviction that a failure is a success as long as it’s informative.

This should serve as a warning to my students at Ohio University then. If you take my classes, expect to fail. In fact, I want you to try to fail. Don’t go for the safe projects. Go for the crazy ones because you won’t regret the failure. You’ll regret never trying in the first place.

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300 Words, One in 8 Million exemplify power in brevity

I’m glad to see the New York Times pick up the personal profile torch and carry to the next generation. The One in 8 Million interactive piece has been profiling New Yorkers since at least 2009.A student reminded me of a fantastic St. Petersburg Times project, and I couldn’t help but make the link to an ongoing New York Times multimedia effort. What both pieces demonstrate is that in the online landscape, a few words and images can make a huge difference.

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