A New Model for Medium

Blinded

There is a need for platform such as Medium. Its only way up is monetizing quality using a two-sided, paid-for system.

Reading comics, reading for pleasure & why it matters

Bam!

Comics let me jump into worlds where I can stay submerged for hours: no need to come back up for the practical things like air and discourse.

We say we don’t hate our audiences. Our mobile strategies suggest otherwise.

Examples of mobile UX

Some people’s phones are filled with photos of their families, of their friends, of beautiful landscapes, of adorable pets. My phone is a museum of rage-inducing mobile experiences.

Facebook’s walled wonderland is inherently incompatible with news

Drag/Thrust

Setting aside the need to fix its current PR nightmare, Facebook has no objective interest in fixing its fake stories problem.

What I’ve learnt from life changing class at Stanford D.school

d.life exercise

“Write your eulogy by next Monday! Please take this seriously, otherwise your partner will be unable to work!” That was my first task in a Stanford University class.

Goodbye, Democracy

Ohio newspaper of yore.

Local media and the Age of Trump

A model for dealing with ad blockers

Monte Carlo

First, value your audience. Then think about how to treat them.

News media missed the “small” stories and lost the big picture

Parachuting in

How can we make sure that we don’t keep repeating the same mistake? Collaboration.

If you’re serious about news, you need to be serious about mobile

Washington Posts on mobile screenshots

The Post would rightly reject any suggestion that it is of low editorial quality. And yet the screenshots of the Post’s article pages on mobile hew much closer to what you would expect of a “tabloid”, in the pejorative sense.

Standing Rock, from Stanford

No DAPL protestor

A young Native American man stood on the outdoor stage before a melancholy crowd at Stanford’s White Memorial Plaza on Thursday evening. He tilted his head back and broke the silence with a shriek.

United, if (respectfully) divided

Political See-Saw

To cherish each other we must strive to understand each other.

Journalism’s rural diversity challenge

My backyard

You’ve missed so many stories because you didn’t have the diversity and perspective in your newsrooms that would have helped you understand this election better.

The World Turned Upside Down: Post Scripts from the Losing Side

Kendrick Lamar’s Alright

I share, with many Americans, the feeling that our next presidents’ campaign was fueled on racial divisiveness and the coded language of hate that has been part of the national dialogue since the days of Nixon’s Southern Strategy.

Learning like a beginner: the climb

Equations

When I moved to Palo Alto to join the 2017 JSK Fellowship cohort at Stanford University I didn’t quite expect that I would spend so much of my time being bad at things.

You go where you look

Motorcycle

I thrive in an academic environment but beyond that I have a strong appreciation for competency in doing things.

What 3 black women taught me about cohorts, crews & the creative process

Melissa Harris-Perry (left) and Solange (right)

Hearing them talk about their work, their dreams, their hurdles and how they faced them, I was reminded that #blackgirlmagic is not the stuff of fairy tale godmothers.

The reigning absurdity in the digital news economy

NASA Machinery

Unlike its physical world ancestor, online publishing fails to reward investments in production and content quality. We urgently need to reconsider the error.

Turning the corner

Memorial Court

Three weeks into my JSK Fellowship, I feel like I’m finally figuring it out. I am not usually a woman who measures her worth on others’ performance but this group of incredible people almost requires that comparison.

Journalistic and economic values are, unfortunately, not correlated. For now.

Fuselage section of the Boeing 787

As long as digital publishing flattens the business value of content, there is little hope to improve the economics of news publishing. The problem needs to be addressed.

Profile: Collaboration in the last frontier

KRBD Alaska

How public media stations in Alaska have made collaboration into business as usual.

These are different roads

Rural road

I spent the first 18 years of my life being defined by the chaos of my circumstances. I spent the next ten figuring out what my identity outside of that world is. And now I’m finally reconciling how the two go together.