Charlie Rose AMA: “What was it that made you who you are and enabled you to do what you do?”

Charlie Rose participated in an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit. Here’s part of his response to the question “What interview will you remember most? Why?“:

If you can get people where they’re thinking out loud and revealing things that they might not have thought about, but they’re so caught up by the engagement, that they feel a desire for themselves and for you to tell you about choices they made and experiences that shaped them, you always want to know, “What was it that made you who you are and enabled you to do what you do?”

“What was it that made you who you are and enabled you to do what you do?”

Isn’t that great?

The state of native advertising in 45 words

Native advertising is all the rage, but there’s still so much work to do, so many lessons to learn, and so many mistakes to make. That’s why I love this line from Adweek’s Charlie Warzel:

For native advertising to succeed, its practitioners need to be mindful that it’s not yet universally accepted, and traditionalists need to unmoor themselves from the idea that native is a corrosive practice that undermines great journalism and see that it could even be its savior.

Out of work reporter breaks big news in pajama pants

Despite no longer having an organization or a job or maybe even a desk, former Boston Phoenix staff writer David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) still managed to break the story that Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino would not run for another term (this is huge news in Boston — physicists have determined that Menino is the city’s Constant).

Bernstein’s feat was celebrated in journalism circles, and some rightly questioned how a man who can land the big scoop remains unemployed:

And this is when my respect for Bernstein reached a whole new level:

Key lesson: journalism needs more pajama pants.

Via Poynter

Now this is a conclusion

The “conclusions” sections of research reports are often dry, and occasionally impenetrable.

Here’s what those sections should aspire to:

We hope other researchers will find the data we have collected useful and that this publication will help raise some awareness that, while everybody is talking about high class exploits and cyberwar, four simple stupid default telnet passwords can give you access to hundreds of thousands of consumer[s] as well as tens of thousands of industrial devices all over the world. [Emphasis added.]

From the fascinating Internet Census 2012.

Forgiveness for the inconsistent blogger

Khoi Vinh captures the anxiety of a lapsed blogger in this lovely sentence:

What I really need is to write a blog post that clears the decks, one that owns up to how starkly impersonal my posts have been for months now, and essentially gives me permission to start trying to write again.

Everyone should give themselves the chance to try again.

Abandonment rate and job applications

Liz Ryan says abandonment rate applies to shopping carts and job applications alike:

When you start to make a purchase online and then drop out before the deal is done, that’s an abandoned cart. Corporate leaders should be paying just as close attention to the abandonment of applications on the company’s ATS (applicant tracking system) portal. When job-seekers start the process and then drop out, that’s a failure for the employer. If we knew how badly our employer branding (the kind that prospective job applicants see) was hurting us in the talent acquisition arena, we might spend more time and energy writing genuine, human job ads in plain English and rethinking the whole red-tape-laden hiring process. [Emphasis included in original post.]

And a related warning to HR folks enamored with “ninja” and “rockstar” terminology: Your future self will regret this choice.

$20,000 to speak at a journalism event. Wow.

Jonah Lehrer, he of the self plagiarism and fabricated Bob Dylan quotes, received $20,000 to speak at the Knight Foundation’s Media Learning Seminar.

Knight is now sorry about giving Lehrer all that money.

I don’t take issue with Knight inviting Lehrer. I appreciate the absurdity of this guy speaking at a “Media Learning Seminar.” I’m not offended by it, though.

My gripe is with the perception.

The traditional journalism business is bleeding out. There’s buyouts and layoffs and lots of hand-wringing about what comes next.

So why is anyone getting paid $20,000 to speak at a journalism event?