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The Powerful Effects of Short Writing

The upcoming Poynter NewsU Webinar The Powerful Effects of Short Writing will be broadcast on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 2:00pm ET

Can’t attend the live Webinar? We’ll have an archived replay available soon after the live session. Watch it at any time.

Access it for FREE at one of the Research Center terminals.

The One Hour Webinar goes hand-in-hand with How to Write Short and Well where you’ll learn the techniques to write short effectively.

Course Instructor:
Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer and course on Poynter’s NewsU The Writer’s Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use, and the book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. His latest work includes the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces and companion course on Poynter’s NewsU, Help! for Writers. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

Meet Our Research Center Interns

Melanie and Jennifer are interning in the Research Center this Fall, where they’ll be helping us set up our mobile app and Capstone archiving project, among other things.

Please check out their bios below and welcome them.


Melanie Masserant is pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Queens College and holds a B.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. Prior to graduate school, she worked at The New York Times as the Booking Manager for The Times Center. She currently volunteers at the American Museum of Natural History’s Research Library, where she catalogs photographs for their image database.

Jennifer Hanley recently moved here from Albany, New York where she enjoyed being a children’s librarian. She is currently attending her alma mater Queens College for a post Master’s certificate to gain insight into academic librarianship.  Fun fact: Jennifer plays roller derby for Suburbia Roller Derby under the name Reading Rambo.


Hurricane Irene: Listen Live Online to First Responders Throughout Entire Storm Area

Another post on a great website from our friend Gary Price at INFODocket:
Hurricane Irene: Listen Live Online to First Responders Throughout Entire Storm Area

Posted on August 26, 2011 by Gary D. Price

As Hurricane Irene approaches us here in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast we thought pointing out might be useful to those of you who might like to listen to live feeds from first responders using the Internet. It’s also likely some of you have access to these feeds using one of many iOS, Android, and other mobile apps.
The site is organized by state and then by county. You can search county or state/city  or browse by beginning with this U.S. map. As you’ll see the DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston metros are well covered.

By the way, the RadioReference database is not only available for the east coast but also offers streams (police and other first responders) for the entire country.

In the left-hand column of this page you can also find feeds for Canada and a number of other countries.

Finally, a noteworthy variable in all of this is electricity and Internet access. First, the listener needs to have power for their computer (as we said a moment ago, MANY mobile apps are available) and power/access for the computer and scanner (often provided by an enthusiast) to receive and place the audio stream online.

For those of you who, like us, will have to deal with the storm, please stay safe.

Two new resources: Leaderships Directories & Vocabula

We have two new databases to enhance your research and writing skills.

Leadership Libraries is a contacts database that will help you quickly find phone numbers and email addresses for leaders in: State & Municipal Gov’ts, Federal Gov’t, News Media, Associations, Boards of Directors and Trustees, Colleges and Universities, Companies, Congress, Consortiums, Alliances and Partnerships, Courts, Campaigns, Foreign Gov’t Reps in US, Health Care Orgs, Intergovernmental Orgs, Law Firms, Lobbying Firms.

We’ll have the Leadership folks in soon to show us how to get the most out of this database. strives to combat the degradation of the English language. The site archives the monthly Vocabula Review, featuring essays on how the English language is spoken and written in today’s society. Sign up here to receive monthly email of the latest table of contents.