5 responses to “Recommended reading for Nov. 18 – Occupy Portland photo”

  1. Lindsey Donner

    I love what you’ve written here Michelle. I think at some point all of us have stared at a blank page, poised to write when we find the so-called inspiration–or hit on the defining image.

    But it doesn’t work that way. Not in copywriting, journalism, fiction, poetry, academic writing–or photography, graphic design or any other “creative” discipline I can think of. The masters are unafraid to dive in, gathering whatever might be useful in their nets on the way down. The discipline comes later. The mess and excess are part of the process.

    The biggest mistake we can make is decide, long before a piece comes together, what does and doesn’t belong. Imagine if Randy were shooting only what caught his eye!

  2. Ann Douglas

    Very wise writing advice. And, like you, I’ve been watching the coverage of the occupy movement very closely — both as a study in journalism (what is and isn’t being covered; and how the various elements of the story are being covered) and because I think we are witnessing the birth of a very important social movement: one we will be talking about for many years to come.

  3. Susan

    That’s a fascinating image and I enjoyed how you tied it into the journalism craft. You might also be interested in a print journalism initiative happening with Occupy Boston: http://bostinnovation.com/2011/11/18/read-all-about-it-the-boston-occupier-the-newspaper-for-the-occupy-boston-movement/

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