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Ledger Lays Off Eleven Newsroom Employees

Eleven news employees, including four reporters, three photographers and three copy editors, were laid off by the Ledger Media Group this week.

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The People of Pigfest: A Photo Story

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 3.05.37 PMThousands attend PigFest at Tigertown every year, and hundreds of them are posting photos on social media. Here is a selection of people enjoying PigFest.

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Kayaking the Suwannee River

 

Kayakers on the Suwannee.

Cheryl Nichols and other Sierra Club members from Polk County paddle the upper reaches of the Suwannee River.

There’s no “Welcome to Florida” sign on the Suwannee River. No message from Gov. Rick Scott saying Florida is “Open for Business.” And that’s probably appropriate. We saw no signs of commerce and few signs of other people last weekend on a 42-mile kayak trip that started at the river’s source at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia.

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Hey, Lu – Shouldn’t I Have Your Music?

Hey, Lu —

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

I hope you don’t mind the informal greeting. I figure we’re on a first-name basis since we exchanged tweets recently.

I’m listening to your new album now. I just bought it from iTunes. I don’t buy much music these days. Mostly I rent it. I subscribe to Beats Music, and for the most part its 20 million songs are enough to keep me happy. I know I don’t own the music, but it satisfies my musical curiosity, and the $10 a month it costs me is less than I’d probably spend to buy albums, many of which I’ll rarely return to after a few listens.

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The Man Who Built Marshall’s Inviting Front Porch

Bluegrass at Zuma

Crowds pack Zuma on Thursday nights to hear bluegrass.

Eleven years ago there came unto Marshall, N.C.,  a coffee shop. And it was called Zuma Coffee.  And the community looked upon Zuma and said it is good.

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Social Media as an Act of Journalism

Bob Turner

Bob Turner

Bob Turner, my first city editor, didn’t do social media. His heyday as a journalist was in the 1950s through 1980s, and he was more comfortable with a typewriter than a computer. (When I moved into his old desk at The Tampa Times, I had to switch things around so that I faced the computer terminal instead of the old typewriter.)

But if Bob were a reporter now, I think he would embrace social media – mostly because it would expand the number of sources he could talk with.

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The Tudor House Was Moved and Social Media Was There

Tudor House

The tudor house pauses at Lake Hollingsworth and Patten Heights.

Hundreds of photos and videos were taken this morning when a historic house was moved from a perch overlooking Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland to a nearby lot on Florida Avenue in Dixieland. Here are some highlights from social media feeds, including fabulous videos taken from cameras on drones.

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#lkld now

Social media can be an illuminating window into a community and its people. The feed below, which updates constantly, shows images posted to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #lkld. It’s a little experiment in automated social curation I created at rebelmouse.com. (View a full-width version here.)

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New Music Releases: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

It seemed like a reasonable question when I posed it 18 months ago: Since my favorite music service knows my tastes intimately and also knows what new albums are being released, couldn’t it alert me when music I would really like comes out?

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I enter the woods;
Creation reveals itself;
My whole being sighs.
Sunday morning walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

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