Here’s a roundup up of what’s caught my eye in the world of journalism, books and writing:
- This McAllen library got some much-deserved web love from The Daily Good. It’s a fantastic redo of a vacant Wal-Mart space, and a great answer to what to do with all of that befuddling, empty big-box space around the country. Fill it with books!
- Here’s yet another reason I am so damn glad that social media didn’t exist when I was in college. Romenesko this week reported about a newsroom intern who Tweeted about a colleague who “was supposed to be good but she doesn’t do crap.” Whoops. That could make for an awkward rest of the summer.
- An Associated Press intern, Armando Montano, was found dead in an elevator shaft in Mexico City this week. You can read the Poynter story here. It’s not clear if this was an accident, but the number of reporters killed in Mexico in recent years is absolutely terrifying. The Committee to Protect Journalists tracks deaths in the Americas here. And CPJ has this great – and scary – story about the threats to reporters in Mexico.
- There are so damn many ways to use Google that I never knew existed, and I thought I was a pretty good Googler (is that a real verb?). Anyway, John Tedesco gives the lowdown here, with a fantastic summary of a presentation from the recent Investigative Reporters and Editors 2012 conference. This is now bookmarked at home and at work. If you do any sort of research, you should check it out.
- I always felt sort of sorry for the Hufflepuffs. But they can’t help it. They were Sorted This Way.
- And the new cover art for J.K. Rowling’s new book has been revealed. Meh. It’s not my favorite, but I’m not a red-and-yellow person. Do I care what her book covers look like? Nope. J.K. Rowling could write on a paper bag and I would curl up to read it.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.