Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

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Honorable mention

I was mentioned on Colombia Journalism Review!

The money saved could well expand and improve local coverage, but journalistically speaking there is no tangible way to measure what is lost. “One of the principles behind the free press is the ‘marketplace of ideas,'” blogged Megan Taylor, a journalism student at the University of Florida. “If papers trade in their own voices for those of larger outlets, the number of voices in the arena, the number of perspectives heard by the public, is reduced.”

The inherent danger in going local, Taylor noted, is that it could push more readers “even further into the Internet, searching for the news and voices we want.”

“We’ve already started to shift our loyalties to bloggers (vloggers, mobloggers, etc.) and alternate sources of news. That’s why you, Mr. Media CEO, are getting rid of seasoned reporters and recruiting newbies with online capabilities,” she wrote. “Way to shoot yourself in the foot.”

Cool!

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First Amendment Tidbits

*The Independent Florida Alligator became independent from the University of Florida soon after a group of students decided to print locations of abortion clinics. Florida law prohibited this.

*LAS VEGAS The editor of the student newspaper at New Mexico Highlands University says a school vice president pushed her not to publish the police crime log or other stories perceived as negative. (Editor&Publisher)

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LoVe HAte: CSS and blogs

Walking by one of the billboards at school, I saw this flier that had the words LOVE and HATE printed on it, each word taking up about half of the page.

The first thought I had was the order in which link styles are defined, which actually ended up being part of a lecture later.

Upon closer examination, the flier was actually promoting a blog called Love/Hate@UF. The blog tries to get people involved in proclaiming either love or hate for a particular topic, place or activity. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much action since Jan. 8, but its a pretty cool idea.

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Microwaves, Sponges and UF, oh my!

Gainesville Sun Article, Warning: Microwaving dray sponges ill advisedThis is the front page of today’s Gainesville Sun. I’ve seen this tip going around the internet for a few days now, on Digg, BoingBoing and Lifehacker, among others.

The tip originates from a University of Florida press release on Monday which did not warn against nuking dry sponges or those with metal in them. The release appeared as an article in The Sun on Tuesday, followed up by today’s article warning against the dangers.

Lifehacker did mention the danger of fire in yesterday’s post, as did BoingBoing. The first article that appeared on Digg offered no warnings, but the second was a BBC news story about the risk of fire.

A search on Google News reveals 132 results.

The UF release has been updated since Monday.

Who should have caught this to begin with? An editor? A scientist? Maybe someone assumed that people would know not to put dry sponges or metal objects in the microwave. We know what happens when you make assumptions…

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From The Undertone

What NOT to do with your Computer by Megan Taylor

Last week I was made on-call photographer as well as an editor for the UF Newsies.

This weekend I released my new Web site and blog.

Tomorrow I’ll learn how to create graphic type in Photoshop. I’ll be writing about that as well as any interesting tidbits that dive-bomb into my lap.

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From The Undertone

Where were you when UF became National Champions in football?

Megan Taylor: I was enjoying a self-absorbed evening at home until my father called to tell me that the Gators were losing. He was watching the game on TV at the gym. Shrug. I’m the first to say that I’m not a fan of American football. A little later, a friend of the family called to tell me the Gators were winning. Darn. Now I’ll be up all night listening to fireworks, car horns and yahoos, instead of getting some desperately needed sleep before my 7:25 a.m. class. Around midnight, I knew the Gators had indeed won the game. Well done. Now shut up out there so I can sleep!

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How to get grades in just 3 hours

University of Florida Fall semester grades were released tonight, unfortunately the Web site that would let me see them was down. Fortunately, a few roundabout methods have been discovered (go through the registrar’s office Web site was my choice), and I am satisfied, if not thrilled, with the results of a very difficult semester.

More interesting is this graph showing the amount of time users have spent with online newspapers beginning in 2003 and predicted toward 2009 as opposed to time spent on consumer sites. Danger! The newspaper is crashing. But we already knew that didn’t we?