June 3, 2009
Does Twitter have a valid place in journalism? Or, rather, is it a bland, overwhelming and narcissistic medium, more useful for telling people about your shampoo preference than a way to engage readers? As with most things, the answer lies with whom the Twittering tolls. At its best, the site connects reporters, editors and photographers to sources and readers. Readers gain insight into why and how a story was discovered, reported and illustrated. This is my goal for the Burbank Leader account, BurbankLeader.
July 22, 2009
I?m not particularly wise, and, contrary to what you might guess from my last name, I?m not a Latina. (Casagrande comes from the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, which could explain my fondness for chocolate biscotti and my utter ineptness at salsa dancing.) But when I?m not posing for instant cocoa boxes or crusading for neutrality, I read a lot about grammar. And in the process, I?ve picked up a few bits of wisdom that have made Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor?