Vanity Fair, for when one interstitial is not enough

It’s kind of annoying when you click on a link and the first thing that happens is that an interstitial pops up that obscures your ability to read said page. But hey, we all have to pay the bills. But when said interstitial is then interrupted by an auto-playing video interstitial, you can see why …

Overcoming the wall of links on news homepages

Ask yourself this: What should I click on? Our homepage like most traditional journalism homepages is a wall of links. Everywhere you look there are similar sized links to stories. It’s hard to make out individual stories to click on unless you really focus. And guess what? When users can’t find stories to focus on, they …

Carnival of Journalism: Modernizing college media organizations

The Carnival of Journalism returns! This is our first post back, and our mission is to try to have thoughtful discourse around different journalism topics. This month we turn our attention to the future of journalism: Journalism students. THE TOPIC  Student news organizations have traditionally existed to give students experience before entering the workforce. The …

Dear Huffington Post, you get the commenters you deserve and real names won’t change that

The only way to good comments after news stories is to actively care about getting good comments — not by forcing people to use real names when leaving comments. Take a look at the comments after many nytimes.com stories. It takes a combination of setting a clear tone of what comments should be like, active …

Why I am so happy that I chose Flickr over Instagram for my photo of the day project

If you want to learn to be a better photographer, skip Instagram and head over to Flickr. Forget the filters. Skip the smartphone. If you want to become a better photographer, even when you use filters and smartphones, dedicate a week, a month or even a year to carrying around a dedicated camera everyday and …

Why The Washington Post uses WordPress (or why your CMS doesn’t have to suck)

“Ben Bradlee is 93 years old. Do you think he wants to use your crappy CMS?” The Washington Post’s Yuri Victor describes in the above video why The Post uses WordPress and why they are using it more often (you can read more about his thoughts here). Complaining about content management systems is one of …