Editing for Nieman Reports

Tickled to see that the Nieman Reports summer 2012 issue, for which I produced a cover package on truth in the age of social media, is being read and discussed! It’s been very inspiring to think this through and work with some truly terrific colleagues who agreed right away to share their observations, struggles and tricks so we can enrich and push an important conversation about how journalism is changing. Here is the issue, and below are some responses, and make sure you join the conversation on twitter at #NRtruth

  • The Poynter Institute’s Craig Silverman, a contributor to the issue, called the “exhaustive cover package” a “state of the art crib sheet of best practices” for vetting information. In addition, his Poynter colleague Bill Mitchell tweeted that Storyful founder Mark Little, in his piece “Finding the Wisdom in the Crowd,” “makes [a] compelling case for collaboration [with] competitors as well as non-journalists.”
  • NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen highlighted Linda Greenhouse’s article on the perils of seeking balance over truth, tweeting “Bit by bit the ‘he said, she said’ glacier is breaking off and crashing into the sea … The practitioners themselves balk.”
  • On his iRevolution blog, Patrick Meier, former director of Harvard’s Program on Crisis Mapping, highlighted some of the issue’s “gems,” including “Inside the BBC’s Verification Hub.”