Hook & Keep 'Em

At Behance, in the sign-up process for our service, we used to ask new Behance members to select their top three creative fields. New users took an average of 120 seconds to browse the list and select their top fields. We lost around 10% of new members at this particular step in the sign-up process. And so, we removed it from the sign-up process and resolved ourselves to capture this information later on during active use of the website. As a result, sign-ups went up.

Read more from Scott Belsky ay Medium, including his operating theory that, “in the first 15 seconds of every new experience, people are lazy, vain, and selfish.”

Almost-Journalists

One of the more compelling critiques of NGO/advocacy journalism has been that it can lack key qualities of what we all can agree are journalistic principles. Since we’d better get used to the idea that this kind of media is only going to grow, let’s welcome it — and help the people doing it create even more trustworthy reports. In a diversifying media ecosystem, J-schools need to diversify, too.

Dan Gillmor at MediaShift.

Lowy, Instagram

Right now, we see close to 4000 images a day around us, in ads, in magazines, online, so how do you get your story about another bomb in Iraq, or women’s issues in Afghanistan, in front of an audience? It’s not that people don’t care, it’s that they’re inundated with so much stuff that you have to find a way to get past that. I think about pushing the envelope, using different aesthetics, or using tools that people never envisioned using before.

Via FLTR

NPR: Borderlands

We spent two weeks driving through the region where the U.S. and Mexico meet. We sought tales of people and of crossing. You may have heard the radio series. Here are a few more stories — in pictures, maps, words and numbers.

NPR spent a lot of time reworking radio stories into standard reading stories for its Borderlands series. But it also created an app that broke with its template.

Whither News?

If a newspaper creates journalism then everything its journalists create in that newspaper is journalism, yes? No. The corollary: People who are not journalists can do journalism. It’s a function of the value delivered, not the job title.

Jeff Jarvis is workshopping an interesting essay over on Medium.

Matthiessen’s Home

In his own life, Matthiessen found a home in Zen. As he writes in “The Snow Leopard”: “In the longing that starts one on the path is a kind of homesickness, and some way, on this journey, I have started home.

Marquez, Journalist

I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of a journalist. What I didn’t like about journalism before were the working conditions. Besides, I had to condition my thoughts and ideas to the interests of the newspaper. Now, after having worked as a novelist, and having achieved financial independence as a novelist, I can really choose the themes that interest me and correspond to my ideas. 

The great Latin American writer, who once spoke these words as part of an interview with The Paris Review many year ago, has died. Go read “100 Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” again.”

Arizona

Arizona

"I think when we first start making photos, we see life and then we see how it looks in images which in turn feeds the desire to see more of life. As we begin to study and practice photography further, we go through the whole process of mimicking others work, aesthetically and such, which is important in the learning process. I do feel however it is essential to continue seeing life first or we end up seeing images first and getting stuck in formulas which are not our own."
Ok. This is just plain creepy. #minnesotaweird

Ok. This is just plain creepy. #minnesotaweird

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