links for 2008-12-29

  • Ill-informed, poorly supported anti-blogger tirade by Paul Mulshine published recently in the WSJ.
  • "Paul Mulshine's whole WSJ column is essentially a rewrite of the hundreds [of anti-blogger diatribes] that came before and would not be worth noting except the hear-say quote is from a blogger who actually [provides original reporting and analysis]

    "The quoted but un-named blogger used to reinforce his points is none other than me–JD Johannes.

    "Most recently I produced, shot and edited video reports for TIME Magazine's website and my video was aired on WCBS-TV New York, KWTV-TV Oklahoma City and KOTV-TV Tulsa. I've made TV shows, dozens of customized "sweeps pieces" for local TV and produced five documentaries.

    "I do not know why Mr. Mulshine did not give my name. If he had, it would undercut many of his statements. (Or perhaps he did google me and for some reason thought I was not the type to read the Wall Street Journal.) Mr. Mulshine's use of a misleading hear-say quote explains well the demise of his beloved newspaper.

  • Document management software for mac: iTunes for pdfs. Cool. I might try this.
  • "The makers describe Papers software as iTunes for .pdf files, and that’s broadly right. The idea is that, when you download an article, it goes into your Papers library. The bibliographic information immediately appears; so does, if you’re lucky, the “metadata” — like the abstract and the list of subjects that the authors thought their article touches on. (I say “if you’re lucky” because this doesn’t always happen automatically.) The document itself gets neatly filed in a folder on your hard drive, and renamed by authors and year.

    "Not only can you read the papers, annotate them, find them and create folders of papers on related subjects, you can also use the software to search the big scientific databases like PubMed and the Web of Science. It doesn’t (yet) replace bibliographic software such as Endnote; but it can be used with it quite neatly."

  • "We have an incredible opportunity, now we have to figure out what to make of it. I hope to begin a conversation about what we want to accomplish with BarCamp NewsInnovation.

    "The plan so far is to hold regional BarCamps in Chicago, Portland and Washington, D.C. sometime in January. I have proposed other sites but have not had volunteers step forward just yet and roll with it. If you are interested contact me.

    "I also am proposing we hold national BarCamp NewsInnovation in Philadelphia, spearheaded by ideas floated by Sean Blanda, sometime in April."

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