Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What's on your summer reading list?

It's August. Summer's almost over. Time to tune up the mind by putting away the beach-reading books and bite into something with substance.

Blogger and long-time journalist John Kroll recently posted his annotated list of the 100 most important books about journalism. Read his descriptions, find a book that interests you, then go to the library and check it out.

If you don't have time for a book, read "How the Smartphone Ushered in a Golden Age of Journalism" by Frank Rose. This piece for Wired magazine explains why the common knowledge that the Web is only good for listicles and short videos is 180-degrees wrong and long-form journalism is entering a new era.

My final, humble suggestion for summer reading is to read back through Eye on The Orion for perspective and ideas for the coming school year. Some of the early posts are dated, of course, but my prescriptions for how to improve the various sections of the paper and website are still relevant. They were posted back in January 2013.

See you in a few weeks!

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