Even though Americans are increasingly looking to social media and the web for their news, public officials still give preference to TV and print newspapers when responding to requests for information. Does that disconnect matter to you?
Read my January 2014 Dispatch column on the the weakening hold of conventional media at governing.com.
Significant changes in the sonic landscape of money talk in 2013 have gone without much comment during this, the season when year-in-review pieces take up space usually reserved for news or, at least, fresh commentary.
Public radio gave us some of the best work all year. NPR's Planet Money team produced an ambitious bit of original enterprise reporting on their own Planet Money T-shirt. It is a remarkable piece of journalism. Funded through a Kickstarter campaign, the series followed the process of making of an ordinary piece of clothing around the world a couple of times before the used Ts end up sold in bulk in the global rag trade. Fabulous storytelling, rich detail and surprising economic lessons - even and especially through the false starts.
The kid on the cover looks like he has just seen a new bike under the Christmas tree. In fact, that kid turned 65 this year, as did many first wave Baby Boomers. Demographers say that by 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65.
The Governing eBook, Governing Generations: An Earth Shattering Ka-Boom tells the story of baby boomers aging in place and what that means for states and localities. The eBook captures Governing's original reporting this year on the ways in which our aging population will change our communities and our country.
And it is available fast and free for the eReader user on your list. Available for no-hassle download through Governing books.
The old Saturday Night Sketch about Father Guido Sarducci's 5-minute University had a brilliant (and funny) conceit - in five minutes you can learn everything you are going to remember five years hence.
For a dozen years, the sketch has inspired my 500 word roundup of the tech related developments in the 12 months just past that will still matter five years from now.
My batting average has not been half bad over the years. And I tempted fate one more time this month in Government Technology.
Let me know what I missed.
ABOUT INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
With a website that bears my initials, Initial Impressions just seemed to fit as a name for my first take on this beat called life.
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