Why not toss some of your holiday gift budget toward a visual journalist who might be selling just what you need for that special someone on your list?
Today’s topic: Books by, for and about us…
Jill Geisler is group leader for leadership and management programs at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.
More to the point, however, she’s also the author of a on management book — Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know — that was published last summer.
Bob Schieffer of CBS News offers this cover blurb:
I’ve seen Jill Geisler in action. She has an uncanny ability to unravel the most complicated workplace problems and come up with creative solutions to resolve them. Combine those insights with the fact that she is also a cracker jack writer and the result is a book that will come in handy whether you’re running a newsroom or a construction site – I know because I’ve worked in both.
And Rob King, senior vice president of ESPN and a speaker at SND/St. Louis a couple of years ago, writes:
Simply put, this book is a gift. A gift to any young manager in a new stretch assignment. A gift to any senior executive seeking to inspire a workforce. A gift to anyone driven to learn how to become a better leader.
Those of us lucky enough to have been blessed to spend time in the company of the incomparable Jill Geisler have eagerly awaited Work Happy. Her humor, intelligence and warmth, captured within these pages, offer the reader an indispensable blend of best practices and comforting thoughts.
Jill Geisler has created a safe place to think about becoming a better boss. Which makes her something of a gift, too.
A 1972 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Jill spent 25 years at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, Wis., ending up as vice-president of news. She earned a Master’s degree from Duquesne University in 2004. She’s worked with Poynter, now, for more than 15 years.
REGRET THE ERROR
Yes, there’s a wicked part of us that takes perverse pleasure in seeing errors in publications — as long as they’re not our publications.
And then there are those who are fascinated by the art of writing corrections.
The official blurb calls this…
…a collection of funny, shocking, and sometimes disturbing journalistic slip-ups and corrections. On display are all types of media inaccuracy—from “fuzzy math” to “obiticide” (printing the obituary of a person very much alive and well) to complete and utter ethical lapses. While some of the errors can be laugh-out-loud funny, the book contains a sobering journey through the history of media mistakes (including the outrageous hoaxes that dominated newspapers during the circulation wars of the 19th-century) and a serious muckraking investigation of contemporary journalism’s lack of accountability to the public. It shines a spotlight on the media’s carelessness and the sometimes tragic and calamitous consequences of weak or non-existent fact checking.
The American Journalism Review says:
Craig Silverman turns what could have been a sudsy little stocking stuffer into a serious study of why journalists fail so often.
A 1999 graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University, Craig has worked as a writer for for NewCanadian magazine, an editor for PBS’ MediaShift and Idea Lab and as a columnist and blogger for the Columbia Journalism Review and the Toronto Globe & Mail. In 2010, he created OpenFile, a community news site that covers seven communities in Canada.
He’s currently director of content for Spundge, a content platform for tablet and mobile. He joined Poynter in 2011 as an adjunct faculty member.
THE FUNCTIONAL ART
Every once in a while, someone asks me where they can find a decent textbook on how to build infographics.
The one I’ve been recommending lately is Alberto Cairo‘s the Functional Art.
The book was released in 2012. Its official marketing blurb says:
In this practical introduction to understanding and using information graphics, you’ll learn how to use data visualizations as tools to see beyond lists of numbers and variables and achieve new insights into the complex world around us. Regardless of the kind of data you’re working with–business, science, politics, sports, or even your own personal finances–this book will show you how to use statistical charts, maps, and explanation diagrams to spot the stories in the data and learn new things from it.
You’ll also get to peek into the creative process of some of the world’s most talented designers and visual journalists, including Condé Nast Traveler’s John Grimwade, National Geographic Magazine’s Fernando Baptista, The New York Times’ Steve Duenes, The Washington Post’s Hannah Fairfield, Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Foundation, Stanford’s Geoff McGhee…
…and others. The book also includes a DVD with 90-minutes of video lessons by Alberto.
Alberto worked as an artist for La Voz, Diario 16 and El Mundo and then spent five years as director of online graphics at El Mundo. In 2005, Alberto became the James H. Schumaker assistant professor at the University of North Carolina’s school of journalism, teaching information graphics. He moved to São Paulo, Brazil, in 2010 to become director for infographics and multimedia at Época-Editora Globo but then returned to the U.S. in early 2012 to teach at the University of Miami School of Communication.
He’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.
PORTRAITS OF WAR
Not only is Richard Johnson of the Washington Post a fabulous infographics artist and editor, but also he’s an accomplished war correspondent and battlefield sketch artist.
Richard went to Afghanistan and/or Iraq three times — in 2007, 2011 and 2012 — as a roving reporter + artist covering allied forces there with his sketchpad. You can find his most recent reports here.
Ten years ago, the Detroit Free Press published a book collecting some of Richard’s battlefield sketch work.
A product of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland, Richard has worked for the Globe and Mail of Toronto and the Detroit Free Press. He spent two years with the United Nations, in charge of a visual media unit that created advocacy-based visuals and documentary films.
He spent several years as assistant managing editor for graphics and illustration at Canada’s National Post before joining the Washington Post in October.
And finally, one just for fun…
Earlier this year, she published an e-book collection of her columns, entitled Why Does the Cheese Always Fall?
Here’s the official blurb:
As a humor columnist for over a decade, Aprill Brandon has been documenting her transition to adulthood, from college to the Dirty 30 and beyond, in newspapers and media websites around the country.
This book, based on her award-winning columns, has everything young people, the young at heart and fans of horrible stick figure art will ever need to know about putting on a convincing grown-up act. Information such as:
Advice on insurance:
You pay thousands of dollars each year to insurance companies to ‘insure’ you should the unthinkable happen. And then when the unthinkable does happen, they take all those thousands of dollars you paid over all those years and swiftly deny your claim to it. And then when you die, you get a letter in the After Life from your insurance company informing you that your death was a pre-existing condition.
Advice on dating:
Dating sucks. The end.
Advice on pet ownership:
Are you currently sentimentally attached to any of the following: Your shoes, the majority of your furniture, the carpet, small to mid-sized expensive electronic devices, peace and quiet, throw pillows that have not been sexually traumatized or living a life where there is never a danger of stepping in urine in your socks? If not, then you are ready for a pet, my friend.
Advice on cooking:
You’re an adult! You can eat whatever you want! Doritos drenched in chocolate! Twinkies stuffed with bacon! Burrito and tequila smoothies!
You get the idea. Funny stuff.
A 2004 graduate of Ohio’s Miami University, Aprill spent a year as education reporter for the Troy, Ohio, Daily News before joining the Victoria dvocate in 2006 as an arts and entertainment repairer and as a columnist. She moved to Boston in 2011 when her husband, designer Ryan Huddle, was hired by the Boston Globe.
You’re reading the ninth of a series of blog posts offering up ideas for Holiday gift giving, but with items created by your visual journalism colleagues around the world.
The schedule, so far:
Also, check out the gifts for geeky collector-types that I wrote for the O.C. Register‘s Holiday Gift Guide in the Thanksgiving day paper.
Do you know of anything — or anybody — I should add to my list? Give me a ho-ho-holler.