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John Green

My advice to the college journalists: Show your personality

What the journalism world needs now more than ever aren’t new apps, forms, or business models. It needs professionals dedicated to the ideals of journalism who would do anything to tell the stories they know people need to hear. Legacy media traditions, such as deadlines, print schedules, and even objective, won’t hinder those with this drive, and they’ll also be the most capable and qualified to create journalism innovations.

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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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#JCARN: Journalism innovation needs direction, not desperation

Knight and Reynolds are in unique positions to drive innovation. Their focus on journalism as central to a democracy will ensure that whatever innovations they sponsor will serve communities. But they must go beyond simply funding projects. They need to drive innovation by drawing upon their vast experience and resources to suggest the course innovation will take.

I learned this lesson the hard way as an educator. It’s not enough for me to hand my students a toolbox without telling them what I expect them to build.

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#JCARN: The Web can be a ‘third place’ to expand news sources

Just like walking into a coffee shop and approaching a stranger for a comment, it takes guts to rely on information from sources found online. We have to work to overcome the stigma attached to Web content. Not everyone who opens himself up online has an axe to grind or is a shameless self-promoter. Most of them are average citizens who love where they live and work. They get together online, just as they would at a real world third place, to connect with others that feel the same.

Journalists need to be part of that conversation.

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Carnival of Journalism makes journalists, educators, editors talk to each other

It was gratifying to see the amount of participation based on Cohn’s first summary post. A number of friends, colleagues and former students at the University of Missouri responded. What I appreciated most about the carnival, especially after reading most of the first 50 or so posts, is how Cohn is encouraging us to practice what we preach. He brought so many people together from so many different places that I’m confident positive change will come from our discussion. I know I will at least make better contacts and add some new ideas to the way I teach journalism. I’ve added at least half a dozen new blogs to my Shrook account.

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