Otras lecciones de Boston

El Nieman Journalism Lab ofrece a sus lectores varios textos muy valiosos para pensar el trabajo periodístico realizado en o en torno a los incidentes terroristas de Boston.

Recomiendo en particular que se vea con detenimiento el informe que propone “Source” en cuanto a la selección y composición de imágenes y gráficas. El enlace aquí.

Por su parte Mike Annany reflexiona sobre el factor “silencio” en el contexto del trabajo hecho a prisa, bajo la presión del tiempo y la amenaza que supone un hecho violento. Ver  “Breaking news pragmatically: Some reflections on silence and timing in networked journalism”.


Lecciones de Walter Benjamin para escribir bien

Muchos escritores tienen sus trucos. Los de Walter Benjamin parecen ser sencillamente imperecederos. El gran fisósofo alemán señala trece tesis. Veamos…



  1. Anyone intending to embark on a major work should be lenient with himself and, having completed a stint, deny himself nothing that will not prejudice the next.
  2. Talk about what you have written, by all means, but do not read from it while the work is in progress. Every gratification procured in this way will slacken your tempo. If this regime is followed, the growing desire to communicate will become in the end a motor for completion.
  3. In your working conditions avoid everyday mediocrity. Semi-relaxation, to a background of insipid sounds, is degrading. On the other hand, accompaniment by an etude or a cacophony of voices can become as significant for work as the perceptible silence of the night. If the latter sharpens the inner ear, the former acts as a touchstone for a diction ample enough to bury even the most wayward sounds.
  4. Avoid haphazard writing materials. A pedantic adherence to certain papers, pens, inks is beneficial. No luxury, but an abundance of these utensils is indispensable.
  5. Let no thought pass incognito, and keep your notebook as strictly as the authorities keep their register of aliens.
  6. Keep your pen aloof from inspiration, which it will then attract with magnetic power. The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself. Speech conquers thought, but writing commands it.
  7. Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas. Literary honour requires that one break off only at an appointed moment (a mealtime, a meeting) or at the end of the work.
  8. Fill the lacunae of inspiration by tidily copying out what is already written. Intuition will awaken in the process.
  9. Nulla dies sine linea [‘No day without a line’] — but there may well be weeks.
  10. Consider no work perfect over which you have not once sat from evening to broad daylight.
  11. Do not write the conclusion of a work in your familiar study. You would not find the necessary courage there.
  12. Stages of composition: idea — style — writing. The value of the fair copy is that in producing it you confine attention to calligraphy. The idea kills inspiration, style fetters the idea, writing pays off style.
  13. The work is the death mask of its conception.

(Tomado de Brain Pickings).

Una segunda etapa de cambios en el periodismo digital

Durante los pasados meses se han sucitado cambios e innovaciones en el campo digital del periodismo. La Escuela Graduada de Periodismo de Columbia University recién cambia también de Decano. Ahora pasa a ocupar la silla Steve Coll, exdirector del Washington Post y colaborador de The New Yorker.

Entre varios señalamientos importantes en la entrevista que le hace el NYTimes, Coll destaca una segunda etapa de rupturas o “disrupción” en el periodismo digital del momento:

“We are in the second phase of disruption, and I think this job is a great place to think about and participate in some of the ways we go forward,” he said. “I think the great digital journalism of our age has yet to be created. The cohort that is at Columbia now is the one that will be making the journalism that is going to shape our democracy: working on mining data sets, creating video that is not 2012, coming up with much more powerful ways of accruing and displaying information.”

Aquí puede verse la entrevista completa: Columbia Looks Ahead in an Age of Disruption.