Annie: “If I weren’t afraid I would still be dancing.”

From the LeanIn crew (I’m removing the space to show that they’re really serious about LeaningIn) a nice new Tumblr featuring our own Annie. As Jess Bennett, who’s in charge of this whole thing (seriously, Jess, think about removing the space) would say, Holla!

May 28, 2013 1:15 pm
May 15, 2013 2:51 pm



Frank Lloyd Wright, the organic architect

In 1991, the American Institute of Architects recognized Frank Lloyd Wright as “the greatest American architect of all time.” Talented, radical and passionate about his vocation, Wright was a visionary master. He defied architectural doctrines of his time, challenged the tyranny of the skyscraper and was recognized as a true iconoclast believing that form and function in building should be “joined in a spiritual union.”

For Wright, American cities of the 20th century were a bad dream come true: stagy grandeur, disruptive of surrounding environment, flashy, and dwarfing the human spirit — they represented everything he despised.  Wright once referred to New York as “a great monument to the power of money and greed… a race for rent.” He didn’t care much for Pittsburgh either. In 1935, he was quoted saying, “If I were remaking this city, the first thing I’d do would be get rid of that damned smoke.” 

His philosophy of architecture was reflected in the Prairie School movement. The movement focused on the importance of harmony and aesthetic congruence between humanity and the surrounding environment. The philosophy embraced structures that grew organically, shaped by their natural surroundings and the needs of their human inhabitants, buildings that ‘hugged the Earth’ and merged with the landscape rather than dominated it. 

“Simplicity and repose are qualities that measure the true value of any work of art,” Wright said. Simplicity was his mantra and the ability to simplify, he believed, was the hardest skill for an architect to perfect. ” ‘Think simple’ as my old master used to say — meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles,” he said.  It was for the simplicity and elegance of Wright’s creations that he received international praise from Germany to Japan. 

Wright designed more than 500 structures, 300 of which survive.

Robie House, which he built in 1910 in Chicago, was recently included in the list of “Ten buildings that changed America.” 

But the people’s favorite is, of course, the famous Fallingwater. It was built from 1934 to 1937 for the Kaufmanns at Mill Run, Fayette County. Constructed over a 30-foot waterfall, Fallingwater is unique; its design defines ‘organic architecture.’

Frank Lloyd Wright also had projects that were never meant to be. When his plans for a building in Yosemite were rejected, he was unhappy with the government; when Venice tabled his proposal for a glass and marble palace on the Grand Canal, he was mad at the tourists.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal life was tempestuous, filled with adventures, struggle and turmoil. Wright was married three times and fathered seven children. He died in 1959 at age 91. 

He mentored a lot of successful architects and left behind many bits of wisdom in books and lectures. One piece of advice he tried to sear into the minds of his apprentices was, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

— Mila Sanina

Today in Things We Love.

May 14, 2013 12:43 pm

FBI Wants Power to Fine Internet Chat Providers That Don't Comply With Real-Time Spy Orders


Via Slate:

Bad news for telecommunications companies: New details have emerged about the FBI’s efforts to upgrade its surveillance powers—and the feds’ latest idea is to heavily fine firms that don’t comply with eavesdropping requests.

Last month I reported that the bureau said it was having a hard time monitoring services like Gmail, Google Voice, and Dropbox in real time when attempting to spy on criminals. The FBI’s general counsel Andrew Weissmann revealed in a speech that a “top priority” for the bureau in 2013 was to reform surveillance laws in order to force email, cloud services, or online chat providers like Skype to provide a wiretap function. The 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act already allows the government to mandate Internet providers and phone companies to install surveillance equipment within their networks. But it doesn’t apply to third-party providers—like Google or Facebook—which has led the bureau to claim that its ability to monitor suspected criminals’ conversations is “going dark.”

Now, according to the Washington Post, the feds have prompted a government task force to draft a proposal to update CALEA and the 1968 Wiretap Act to put more pressure on companies that do not currently fall under the scope of their powers.* This could involve, the Post reports, “a series of escalating fines, starting at tens of thousands of dollars, on firms that fail to comply with wiretap orders.” If a company fails to comply with an order in a set timeframe, it would “face an automatic judicial inquiry, which could lead to fines. After 90 days, fines that remain unpaid would double daily.”

May 09, 2013 10:32 am

“Why are newspapers slow to embrace digital change? Can digital ad sales ever pick up the slack for loss of print ad revenue? Are newspapers really in a death spiral?”

Answers to these questions - and more - at Digiday, in “Confessions of a newspaper ad exec.” It’s a bit of a grim read, from the print side. Luckily for online publications (like us!) there’s apparently hope.  (via poynterinstitute)
May 08, 2013 1:42 pm

Legal Guide for Bloggers | Electronic Frontier Foundation



It [was] World Press Freedom Day and while it’s historically been thought of as a day to reflect, celebrate and promote traditional press freedoms, it’s expanded with the understanding that activists, pro-am journalists and ordinary citizens deserve their communication and publishing rights protected as well.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a great legal guide (US) for bloggers of all stripes to navigate issues ranging from legal liability issues to reporter’s privilege and issues specific to student bloggers:

Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don’t want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that’s under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office.

The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you’re doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn’t help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven’t yet decided how it applies to bloggers.

But here’s the important part: None of this should stop you from blogging. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Internet bullies shouldn’t use the law to stifle legitimate free expression. That’s why EFF created this guide, compiling a number of FAQs designed to help you understand your rights and, if necessary, defend your freedom.

Read it. Bookmark it. And blog away.

World Press Freedom Day may have already past but this is worth reblogging any day. 

May 06, 2013 3:03 pm

Tumblr for Journalists: Best Practices and Strategies | Poynter's News University



Hey! NewsU is having a tutorial about tumblr for journalists tomorrow, led by Mark Coatney of Tumblr’s social media team. Come join us and learn more about this crazy website. 

This, by the way, should be very cool. Tune in tomorrow at 2 PM ET!

May 02, 2013 3:18 pm

“It’s about making our coverage more complete, more representative of the broad experiences of people in America.”

 Matt Thompson, manager of digital initiatives for National Public Radio, on Code Switch, NPR’s new project dedicated to exploring the nuances of race, ethnicity and diversity inherent to news stories. Read more about Code Switch and two other diversity-related partnerships at Poynter.  (via poynterinstitute)
May 01, 2013 5:09 pm


Digital tools help produce quality content online, but it can be tough figuring out where to start. Here are 10 online tools that can help improve journalists’ reporting and storytelling, and engage readers in multimedia.

7. TileMill | (@TileMill)

Graphics and images can help readers understand concepts and stories better than text alone. Journalists can use TileMill to create interactive maps that show how data are spread over a particular area. It’s an especially useful tool for stories that have a strong geographic component.

Read about the rest of the tools at Poynter.

Image: A TileMill graph from Quartz’ report on New Orleans commerce during the Super Bowl

May 01, 2013 10:27 am

Media outlets continue to debate coverage (or lack thereof) of Kermit Gosnell trial


The debate over national media coverage of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, accused of performing gruesome illegal abortions and killing at least one woman, continues to rage since Kristen Powers’ Thursday column in USA Today. The accusation from Powers has sparked some outlets to respond about their plans for coverage.

Apr 16, 2013 5:07 pm

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