Not only useful for wannabe journo-coders, but also helps you get a sense of NPR tackling traditional journalism issues like style consistency beyond the written copy in the modern technology. And props to them for making it available on GitHub.
Considering the millions of followers she’s brought to our sites, you may be surprised to hear how much Mel hates being the center of attention. Really. But since so many of our listeners know her social-media voice, I didn’t want her to get away without you hearing her spoken voice — so in the audio above, you’ll hear a few words of farewell directly from her.
Reports on the media habits of Millennials, those “digital natives”, have given some the impression that young people never read newspapers. However, survey evidence stubbornly insists that they do.
It’s the heavy reading, though, that betrays their age: only 22% of millennials read the newspaper on a daily basis, as opposed to the 40% of all adults.
But the most interesting part? The prestige that comes with a heavy newspaper diet:
Heavy newspaper readers (groups I and II) are 75% more likely than light/non readers (groups IV and V) to hold a graduate degree. Heavy readers are also more than twice as likely to be considered “Influentials,” meaning people who participate in three or more public engagement activities every year (such as writing a letter to an elected official, running for public office, or attending a public meeting).
But that can’t mean that one needs to read the paper to be an important person in civic life. It just means that we’re in a shift, hopefully, which we all probably know already.
Just ask Scott M. Fulton:
The ongoing death of newspapers is not about changes in journalism, or the need for them. It is about a business model that has ceased to be relevant in the face of present technology.
FJP: Think LP vs. CD? Or, actually, CD vs. mp3.
"News just reads better on paper, man."
Yes, today is Friday the 13th. Fear not, NPR did the homework.
One name for the fear of Friday the 13th is friggatriskaidekaphobia.
The other is paraskevidekatriaphobia. And there’s a thought, suggested by Dr. Donald Dossey at the Stress Management Center/Phobia Institute in Asheville, N.C., that "when you learn to pronounce it, you’re cured!"
So we turned to our resident expert on pronunciations — Korva Coleman.
"Break it down into syllables," she advises. "When you take a look at that middle "i" after the "v" … it’s pronounced like a double "e."
If your phonetic readings skills aren’t up to par, click here to hear the audio recording.
It has been estimated that up to $800 million is lost every Friday the 13th because many people think it is an unlucky day to travel, go to work or do pretty much anything. (via The Washington Post)