“Nowadays it’s all about linear storytelling,” notes Mario R. García. That’s how readers consume news, scrolling down, connecting the headline to the story to the caption to the images. “Readers are too impatient in a world of constant interruptions.” With over a million annual frequent flyer miles, 731 editorial projects in 121 countries during the past 46 years, García, … [Read more...] about Mario García tells ‘The Story’
Singer-songwriter R. Kelly is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four different victims, three of whom were underage when the alleged crimes took place, but allegations about him and underage girls have persisted for two decades. During that time, Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis, reporter Abdon Pallasch and columnist Mary … [Read more...] about Chicago media outlets ignored R. Kelly story for decades. We try to understand why.
Photo by Jesse Heidel Managing a newsroom seems to come as easily to Mary J. Koester as carrying 100-pound weights up mountains, running half-marathons or scaling 110 stories of stairs. Koester, the 35-year-old managing editor and editor of North County News in Red Bud in Southern Illinois, was just named to Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35 list for 2019. Koester … [Read more...] about Editor of Southern Illinois paper makes national list for top young journalists
On election night in late February in the East Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, about 100 supporters and family members of mayoral candidate Amara Enyia gathered on the first floor of the Blue Lacuna workspace to wait for the results. Even though Enyia was a long shot candidate in a race that ultimately produced Chicago’s first black female mayor, she had a decent size media … [Read more...] about As history is made in Chicago’s mayoral election, newsrooms struggle for diverse leadership
In 2009, a team of researchers and students at Northwestern University developed software that fully automates the writing of baseball game recaps. StatsMonkey relies on publicly available data, like box scores, and a series of pre-written partial story templates. It can analyze a team’s changing probability of winning, play by play, find important moments from a given game, … [Read more...] about Artificial Intelligence that can write stories and crunch data is spreading in newsrooms. That’s a good thing for journalists