After ONA social media binge: Let things percolate

You might expect the director for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University to stay plugged in all the time. And you’re right. “In my experience the moment you’re unplugged something happens,” says Emily Bell (@emilybell). “I would recommend to journalists that they go off line, but only when they’re on holiday. Otherwise…

How do I love thee Atlanta? Let me count the ways.

Atlanta, also known as Hotlanta, has problems like anywhere else. Yes, Jeff Foxworthy lives here. Let’s just acknowledge that and move on. There is violent crime, and mixed signals as to whether that’s getting better. There is gridlock beyond what any decent human should have to suffer. Coming from someone who lives in Los Angeles,…

Personal essay: Shaken to faith

Blood-filled tubes snaked down my neck and across my body when I awoke in a hospital bed one Sunday evening. Nurses and family members stood by my bedside. I felt like an 8-year-old Frankenstein’s monster. But I wasn’t a monster. I was a little boy with Type 1 diabetes. Coughing and vomiting about a month earlier, I…

Songs to get you pumped up for Atlanta

Get pumped up for the ONA conference in one of America’s most vibrant and musically-charged cities.  Not only can you read through this list, download the songs using a Spotify list made just for ONA attendees.   [iframe src=”https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:1229669121:playlist:1wBr9CIoEerlsNg3WKk7wO” width=”300″ height=”380″ frameborder=”0″ allowtransparency=”true”] The music of the Atlanta dips into almost every genre, but hip-hop reigns…

Atlanta’s best bites: An expert vs. the Internet

There’s more to Atlanta’s food scene than just biscuits and sweet tea. That’s according to John Kessler, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution food critic who has chronicled the city’s culinary evolution since 1997. “Atlanta can be kind of a hard nut to crack because it is so big and so spread out,” he said. “But there really…