Stop Whining! Lisa Williams on Journalists Learning to Code

Amy Gahran, ContentiousWhy should journalists and other news/media professionals learn to code? More importantly: HOW can they learn to code?...more
As a green pea in the blogging world I appreciate you breaking down the ability to learn code ...more

Blogging While Female: NYT, Salon on BlogHer

(NOTE: I posted this article today on the Poynter Institute's E-Media Tidbits blog, which is read mainly by professional journalists. I'm cross-posting it here because it's relevant to BlogHer.)  On Sunday the New York Times ran a front-page feature on a conference I recently attended: BlogHer 2008, the fourth annual conference for and about female bloggers. ...Well, front page of the Fashion & Style section, that is. Several bloggers complained that the Times article by Kara Jesella focused too heavily on stereotypically "girly" stuff -- from its lead ("For two days last week, many of the men's bathrooms at the Westin St. Francis Hotel here were turned into women's bathrooms."), to its details ("There was a lactation room, child care, and onesies for sale emblazoned with the words 'my mom is blogging this.'"), to its dismissive jabs ("It has since evolved into a corporate-sponsored Oprah-inflected version of a '60s consciousness-raising group.") I noticed these flaws when I first read the article. Nevertheless, I still said it was "pretty good." By that, I meant (and should have clarified at the time) "better than I expected from the Times, whose leaders reflexively slam bloggers as barbarians at the gate. Baby steps." Here are the good points as I see them... ...more

I noticed males and even a few females making comments on the NYT criticism such as ...more

Girls, Space, Science, and Education: Can BlogHer Get On This?

I'm at BlogHer 2008, and I'm feeling a bit of a lack. Three topics that I care very much about are science, education, and kids -- because I think all of them are the key to the future. These are very fundamentally women's issues, and women are blogging about these topics. (Disclosure: I have no children by choice, and right now I'm sitting in the non-mommyblogger session). My spouse Tom Vilot does an educational video project called SkyGuy, where he answers kids' questions about space and astronomy. Today he posted about how cool, intriguing, and encouraging it is that most of the questions he gets come from girls in elementary and middle school. Tom wrote: "Why is that? I don’t really have an answer, but I do find it encouraging. As we move farther into space, as we explore our solar system and send astronauts to the moon and Mars, as we try to answer the most perplexing questions about the universe, we need all the talents we can bring to the job." This makes me wonder: I haven't seen much discussion on, or at the conferences (including this one) about topics such as space and science that are not traditionally "women's space" (pun intended). ...more

Hi Amy,

Actually, we do have a topic area in our long list that applies: more