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WordPress goes Gutenberg

Sunday, 5 August, 2018

WordPress, the free and open-source content management system which powers Rainy Day, is developing a completely new editing experience called Gutenberg. Brian Jackson of Kinsta addressed its complexity in a recent post titled Diving Into the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons). It’s quite technical in places and if you don’t want to dive into the details, go straight to the comments. Some of them are priceless, and many of them indicate that Gutenberg has a long way to go before it’s really ready to roll. WordPress needs to get this right is the message coming through.


Hodge and his lexicographer

Sunday, 18 September, 2016 0 Comments

On this day in 1709, Samuel Johnson was born. The poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer spent nine years writing his Dictionary of the English Language, which was published in 1755 and continues to enlighten and amuse: “Oats: a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.”

The drudgery of lexicography was alleviated somewhat by Hodge, a cat the good doctor loved, and his friend and biographer James Boswell found Johnson’s relationship with Hodge so important that he preserved it for posterity:

“I never shall forget the indulgence with which he treated Hodge, his cat; for whom he himself used to go out and buy oysters, lest the servants, having that trouble, should take dislike to the poor creature. I am, unluckily one of those who have an antipathy to a cat, so that I am uneasy when in the room with one; and I own, I frequently suffered a good deal from the presences of this same Hodge. I recollect him one day scrambling up Dr. Johnson’s breast, apparently with much satisfaction, while my friend smiling and half-whistling, rubbed down his back, and pulled him by the tail; and when I observed he was a fine cat, saying why, yes, Sir, but I have had cats whom I liked better than this; and then as if perceiving Hodge to be out of countenance, adding, but he is a very fine cat, a very fine cat indeed.”

Hodge is remembered by a bronze statue outside the house at 17 Gough Square in London he shared with Johnson and Barber, Johnson’s black manservant and heir. The statue shows the cat sitting next to a pair of empty oyster shells atop a copy of Johnson’s dictionary, with the inscription “a very fine cat indeed”.


“Fondly, Jill and Dean”

Thursday, 15 May, 2014 0 Comments

That’s how executive editor Jill Abramson and managing editor Dean Baquet signed a memo to New York Times staff a week ago. The “Jill and Dean” bit was accurate, but the “fondly” was certainly not because Dean now has Jill’s job.

Why the dramatic fall from glory? Writing in the paper today, David Carr and Ravi Somaiyamay focus on this telling incident: “Mr. Baquet had become angered over a decision by Ms. Abramson to make a job offer to a senior editor from The Guardian, Janine Gibson, and install her alongside him in a co-managing editor position without consulting him.” The authoritarian personality was a factor, too, says Ken Auletta in the New Yorker. He notes that the reason Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the paper’s chairman and publisher, hesitated to appoint Abramson as executive editor “was a worry about her sometimes brusque manner.” And Auletta adds, “others in the newsroom, including some women, had the same concern.”

But back to that fond memo. It announced an “Innovation Report” (PDF 257KB) about the digital transformation of the New York Times newsroom. The report was the product of a six-month group effort led by Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, the son of the chairman and publisher.

“In the digital age, it is not enough to produce the best journalism in the world. Once we go up with a ground-breaking story, whether a scoop or a 2,500 word special report or video, this is not the end of our work in the newsroom. Publishing, in today’s crowded environment, includes taking responsibility for and assuming ownership of the impact of our quality journalism on our website, apps and other NYT platforms. That means training all of our journalists in how to use social media to report and amplify their stories. It means our most senior editors must plan and implement a rollout plan for our most important pieces. From the moment a story is published, we should host the conversation about it on and related platforms.

The changes ahead will not be mysterious. The process will be transparent. We will soon be back to you with concrete next steps. With your help, we are excited about tackling the hard work ahead.


Jill and Dean

A week is a long time in media politics.

The Death of Helen Gurley Brown and the death of the magazine

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012

Last week, the Audit Bureau of Circulations released its latest batch of statistics on magazine sales in the United States. Overall paid circulation declined slightly, by 0.1 percent, in the first half of 2012, but newsstand sales — often seen as the best indicator of a magazine’s appeal — fell by nearly 10 percent. Women’s […]

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