Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Online and on Board: Web-Based Publishing Has One Sure Advantage over Its Ink-Dwelling Counterpart

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Online and on Board: Web-Based Publishing Has One Sure Advantage over Its Ink-Dwelling Counterpart

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JIM HIRSCH MAY need some convincing of this, but God bless online content. In a recent article on data-driven decision-making, we mistakenly elevated Mr. Hirsch to the summit of his profession, identifying him as a school superintendent. (Cut to Managing Editor Olivia LaBarre: "Who's this we?")

He's actually a notch south.

Alerted to the error, we set the text right online (www.thejournal.com/ articles/22397_3), where you will find Hirsch introduced by his correct title: associate superintendent. The printed version, however, is a keepsake, blemished and flawed and a constructive reminder that journalism always, always, always punishes assumptions. Its text was set in inalterable, unassailable ink the moment it was forged at the printing house.

Score another point for online publishing, providing more momentum to a steadfast drift I've been reluctant to acknowledge or defer to. For good reason. I have a dog in this race--without printed content, I'm out of a job. Then again, the more errors I let slip through to the magazine, the less likely I'll be around long enough for digital media to phase me out.

This must be the season for epiphanies, because I'm warming up to things and ideas I had long sworn against. Witness my freshly opened Facebook account, and my new taste for sardines. I wasn't raised on the internet, but I'm no ink-stained wretch. …

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