Alison Garwood Jones

Upcoming Workshop: 2 weeks today!

Originally published in June 2014 in Blog

My next Digital Strategy Workshop is exactly two weeks today: Wednesday, June 18, from 1-4 pm. If you are an independent business owner, like me, I think you’ll find the tips and discussions very helpful. Email me at alison.garwoodjones@gmail.com for the location details. *I plan to be at the beach and other people’s cottages over […]

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Tonight’s reading

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

My good pal, Jonathan Menon, sent me this: The New York Times Innovation Report, 2014. It outlines how the paper might reorganize itself into a truly “digital-first” organization. The report is 100 pages and will probably take me two baths to get through. The Times admits its biggest weakness, still, has been its reluctance to shift the […]

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CanCon in the digital age

Originally published in May 2014 in Blog

Task Canadians with making a documentary and the world tunes in. Task us with creating a primetime TV show and the majority tune out. Threaten to take away our favourite American TV shows and it’s pitchforks. Now groups like the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) are arguing that the Canadian Radio & Television Commission (CRTC) should […]

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Stupid shit

Originally published in March 2014 in Blog

In Silicon Valley, designing apps that save people time is considered a noteworthy contribution to humanity. It’s why daily organizers like Evernote and 30:30 are considered big, but not as big as the category for “Stupid Shit.” It’s funny how toilet humour  made the journey from analogue to digital with nary a hitch. I mean, there […]

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Artchivist

Originally published in January 2014 in Blog

Sara Angel is one of Canada’s leading visual arts journalists. Her latest vision, an online art museum, re-imagines Canada to the world through the works of our best painters and photographers. I sat down with Angel last fall to to find out how she coaxed Canada’s top museum directors to finally crack open their vaults and […]

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Flipboard

Originally published in November 2013 in Blog

Tag clouds are passé. Today I started organizing four years worth of blog posts into digital magazines using Flipboard. I created specialty magazines on music, sleep, freelance writing and technology. A fifth title covering my feminist wrestling matches is on its way. Moving forward, this will be a great archival tool for my posts. To read my […]

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TMI

Originally published in November 2013 in Blog

A request: Please don’t post your midlife crisis on Facebook. If you must share, turn  your escapades into  a novel worthy of awards (like the  Nobel). We suggest working on it for years. And don’t show anyone (it will jinx your creativity).

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Journalism: Still A Love Story

Originally published in November 2013 in Blog

It’s the spring of ’62 and Nora Ephron is at the wheel of a rental car crossing the George Washington Bridge into downtown Manhattan. Her mission: to find a job before she graduates from Wellesley College in a few weeks. At an employment agency on West 42nd St., Ephron tells the worker assigned to her, […]

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WTF?

Originally published in October 2013 in Blog

I don’t have any hard stats on this, but unresponsive editors appear to have reached epidemic proportions of late. I know so many writers — newbies and veterans — whose pitches are being met with deafening silence. Everyone’s talking about it on the writing listservs I subscribe to. Editors, they say, aren’t even sending them […]

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Internet era

Originally published in September 2013 in Blog

By the brilliant Dusan Petricic  

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