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Friday, December 22, 2006

The Johnsmer/Siegelmans on NPR

Posted By on Fri, Dec 22, 2006 at 9:41 AM

Last summer, my friend Jules and I taped a 40-minute interview for the StoryCorps project when one of their mobile airstream trailer recording booths was in Burlington (photo of our recording session courtesy of Matthew Thorsen). I wrote about the experience in Seven Days, and an edited segment from the recording was on Vermont Public Radio.

Yesterday a producer from StoryCorps called to tell me that a different, re-edited segment will be aired on NPR next Friday, Dec. 29th, during the regular StoryCorps slot on Morning Edition. I think it airs between 8 and 9 a.m. Yay! We made the cut!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tuesday Post-Deadline Linkdump

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2006 at 1:23 PM

Hey, I'm done! I finished all my stories and turned everything in for the final two issues of 2006. So now all I've gotta do is clean my desk and organize my files. See how happy I am? That's Rick Woods, 7D general manager, behind me there. And yes, I made that sign by writing backwards.

The Seven Days office shuts down for a couple weeks at the end of the year, so I'm on vacation, which means I'll be posting a little less frequently than usual.

Here's an extra long linkdump, to make up for my impending absence. Items of note on Vermont blogs this week:

Ann Zuccardy, owner of Vermont Shortbread — someone who had more to do than I did these past couple weeks.

• A different kind of Advent calendar, from Walter at Sugar Mountain Farm.

• Steve Benen of The Carpetbagger Report dissects the controversial White House Christmas holiday card.

• Got wi-fi at your library/cafe and looking for ways to promote it? Jessamyn has a suggestion.

• Outrageouschaos writes an outrageously funny/true post that begins, "I don't know when it happened, but I became an old lady." 

• Blogs cause trouble at church. I want to ask, "What happened?"

• From the "What the Hell?" Dept.: Amy Kirschner of Burlington Bread robs a bank with Laurence Fishburne ... in her dreams.

• Robb Kidd of Evolving Peace talks to the owner of a Take Back Vermont sign.

• More pithy observations from Caleb Daniloff, this time on the magic of public space.

• A sublime sketch diary, from the author of the  #1 book of 2006

Grading Journalism

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2006 at 9:10 AM

I'd like to see somebody do this in Vermont — a professor and his students at Miami University analyzed the local TV and print news outlets and gave them grades (mostly bad ones).

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Life on deadline

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2006 at 10:41 AM

It's double production time at Seven Days. That means that we're producing two issues this week instead of one, so we can take some time off for the holidays. That means more work than usual, on top of the already chaotic holiday scramble.

I used the special effects on my Mac Photobooth to help me illustrate my state of mind.



Thursday, December 7, 2006

Is this the job for me?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2006 at 1:14 PM

Interesting advice column on journalism from Cary Tennis at Salon.com. Interesting if you're a journalist or aspiring journalist or media junkie, that is.

"Shivering Scribbler" thinks he (she?) has made a mistake by going into journalism.

On good days, it's pretty exhilarating to be able to learn aboutall different kinds of things. I feel like a member of the human race,engaged and even a little powerful.

But on the bad days -- generally the days that involve any sortof uncomfortable questions, or even worse when I have to askuncomfortable questions of a source I've come to like -- I just wish Icould disappear, die, erase myself.

Boy does that sound familiar. I like Tennis' response. It pretty much sums up why I enjoy writing quirky stories more than newsy ones. It's hard sometimes, even for a shameless extrovert like me. But what else would I ever do? Copy editing is soooo boring.

Remembering Dec. 6th

Posted By on Thu, Dec 7, 2006 at 7:01 AM

A UVM prof notes that yesterday was the anniversary of the 1989 Montreal Massacre. Count me among the clueless U.S. citizens who have forgotten or never heard of this pre-Columbine killing spree. Thanks for the reminder.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Ninja nerd getting coffee

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2006 at 8:45 AM

Ran into Jesse Krembs this morning at Radio Bean while checking email and drinking a mocha. I've known Jesse since the last century, when he tried to help us do a website for the late, great Rhombus Gallery. Today he works for Summit Technologies installing and repairing wireless networks in remote corners of the country, including here in Vermont.

He complimented me on my shiny black MacBook, and asked if it had the cool camera. I said yes, and took his picture. He said with all his winter gear on, he looks like a ninja, hence the title.

I took my new self-portrait with my Mac cam last week, too, at the Bees Knees in Morrisville.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Why Read Blogs?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 1, 2006 at 9:35 AM

I missed UVM prof Richard Parent talking about blogs this week, but I see that he's posted an outline on his blog, Digital Digressions v2.0. I interviewed Parent during the fall of '05 for a back to school story, but haven't spoken to him in a long while. Our food writer, Suzanne, knows him through her husband. During our editorial meeting last week, she mentioned that Parent once conducted a class in Second Life. Interesting.

His post on his talk is actually a pretty useful basic blog resource. Chris Graff should have asked him to be on Vermont This Week in my place to talk about the blogosphere.

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