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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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Hesperia Star: Follow your dreams

When Peter Day and Beau Yarbrough of the Hesperia Star addressed my J314: Online Journalism class last May, they were frank in explaining how they just tried online and social media tools to see if they’d work, and worried about the consequences later. We all laughed when they said they’d get chastised for using Twitter one week and then corporate encouraged them to do the exact thing that got them in trouble the next.

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Don’t cry for newspaper box scores; They’re better online

I understand why Tim Kurkjian’s sad he’ll no longer be clipping box scores from the newspaper. What I don’t understand is why he’s lamenting their death when he has access to so much better statistical information online. In fact, ESPN proves that people still want box scores. They just want them in way that’s easier to read and use, and that’s why they’re heading online.

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Hesperia Star: Still the best job I’ve had so far

I wanted to highlight a piece I wrote last week just before leaving for the 10th anniversary edition of the Hesperia Star, the weekly newspaper I helped start way back in 2000. It seems like only yesterday really because those were some of the best years of my life. I had a great job, I met my fantastic wife, and Diablo 2 was still fresh and fun. I spent a lot of time on this piece, and I’m pleased with it. I think is has the correct mix of honest nostalgia, reflective wisdom and humility, but I’ll let you decide.

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