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Posted by Joel on December 16 2012 • Books

Post-Industrial Journalism

Columbia University recently released a wonderful report on the state of journalism called Post-industrial Journalism, written by C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell and Clay Shirky. The writers examine the state of the profession today and they highlight opportunities for both individual journalists and journalism institutions. I am only part of the way through it, but it’s very well done. It examines some of the familiar territory that the profession has traveled over the past 15 years: the decline of newspaper advertising, the rise of social media, etc. But the report also takes a fresh look at some of the new issues journalists and institutions face now that the media landscape has changed so much. I highly recommend it.

Joshua Benton has a nice summary of the study here at the Nieman Lab website, including a link to the full report. A quote from the report about its mission says it all: “This essay is part survey and part manifesto, one that concerns itself with the practice of journalism and the practices of journalists in the United States. It is not, however, about “the future of the news industry,” both because much of that future is already here and because there is no such thing as the news industry anymore.”

I repeat: Because there is no such thing as a news industry anymore.

Posted by Joel on December 15 2012 • Journalism

Leonardo and the Last Supper

I greatly enjoyed Ross King’s recent books of art history, including The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism, Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture, and Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling. So I am looking forward to reading his latest book that was released earlier this fall: Leonardo and The Last Supper. Here’s a summary from Amazon:

“In his compelling new book, Ross King explores how-amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations-Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. King unveils dozens of stories that are embedded in the painting. Examining who served as the models for the Apostles, he makes a unique claim: that Leonardo modeled two of them on himself. Reviewing Leonardo’s religious beliefs, King paints a much more complex picture than the received wisdom that he was a heretic. The food that Leonardo, a famous vegetarian, placed on the table reveals as much as do the numerous hand gestures of those at Christ’s banquet. As King explains, many of the myths that have grown up around The Last Supper are wrong, but its true story is ever more interesting. Bringing to life a fascinating period in European history, Ross King presents an original portrait of one of the world’s greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work.”

Posted by Joel on December 02 2012 •

Maping American Writers

From More Intelligent Life: “[Geoff] Sawers’s Literary Map of the United States of America includes more than 200 novelists, poets and cartoonists, and the selection process, as in all literary contests, had an element of the arbitrary. First, Sawers and his co-artist, Bridget Hannigan, drew up a list of names they felt had to be on there, a combination of prizewinners and personal crushes. Thus F. Scott Fitzgerald was an early inclusion, but so was Charles M. Schulz, creator of Snoopy.”

Posted by Joel on December 01 2012 •