There are only 12 entries so far, but the posts on the new Tumblr We Are Journalists are moving enough to pack a stiff punch. Hovering somewhere between endearingly earnest and slightly self-important, the blog highlights messages from journalists discussing why they entered the industry and what it means to them to be a writer and/or editor. “We are journalists. We are proud of what we do. We are tired of bad press about the press,” begins the About section of the Tumblr. There are entries from online-only editors and newspaper reporters, from multimedia journalists and page designers.
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On the first day of class, my twelfth grade AP English teacher handed out a list of wordy phrases that she claimed would result in an automatic F if included in any paper handed in. The usual suspects made the list, including such standby fillers as “due to the fact” (she preferred because) and “whether or not” (there was no debate “or not” was unnecessary). That same year, I first encountered the advice to “omit needless words” in Strunk & White’s classic The Elements of Style — a manual of utilitarian writing style I’ve made a point to read at least annually ever since.
Now there’s a new tool in reporters’ arsenal to keep the clichés at bay. Just as People of Walmart made me double check my attire before leaving the house to go shopping, and Cake Wrecks made it irresistible to walk past a bakery without peeking at their wares… Now, Unnecessary Journalism Phrases has me reading news stories on a quest for tired turns of phrase. Read more
Back in March, Keys was an unemployed journalist. He would aggregate important developments — especially pertaining to the Arab Spring — using Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. His efforts made him a finalist for an Online Journalism Award.
Let’s face it: the Internet can be a big, scary place, so it makes sense that people seek digital communities where they can congregate with like-minded users to discuss the stuff they care about. Online communities like Reddit and Tumblr frequently develop their own lingo, inside jokes and topics du jour, but these “insidery” snippets often stay confined to the communities from which they sprout. Until now, that is. A new online venture, The Daily Dot, is seeking to bring a voice and platform to the stories for and about online communities.
“The Daily Dot gives a voice to the Web’s communities,” reads the site’s About page. “We report on the most important and relevant topics from within, applying tried-and-true principles drawn from community journalism to the growing cultures of the Internet, and allow our audience to read the Dot across multiple platforms, where they live, online.”