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Comments on: Long-form writing belongs on paper

Notes from the classroom and observations about professional practices for sharing the news on digital platforms.

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By: Mindy McAdams

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 20:07:04 +0000

Sometimes the lecture about "basics" includes an implication that people who do multimedia DON'T know the basics. Hey, in that case, I wouldn't hire them.

But I dislike hearing that implication, because it seems to paint all the multimedia journalism people with the same brush. That's just not accurate. I used to be a copy editor -- I probably know more about AP style and when to use a comma than most of the editors out there.

By: Mac Slocum

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 17:14:19 +0000

Seems to me the basics should be an essential part of a rubric. Obviously, they shouldn't be neglected in favor of sexier skills (if scripting and CSS can be deemed sexy), but they shouldn't they be the end-all be-all of a journalism education, either. Students go through journalism programs to become well-rounded professionals, and a portion of that well-roundedness is dedicated to basic language and writing skills, but other portions are also important. (And yes, I see the irony in employing a phrase like "well-roundedness" while discussing writing skills.)

These types of "we need to get back to basics" decrees always feel fluffy to me. Just because someone feels cranky doesn't mean they've got a point.