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JOURNALIST SPOTLIGHT: Chris Nuttall - The Financial Times

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Beat:  Yahoo!, Apple, video games, consumer electronics, the Internet, semiconductors and emerging telecoms.

(July 2008 Update): Chris Nuttall works closely with his San Francisco editor, Richard Waters, to shape the FT’s coverage of technology and Silicon Valley in particular. The two journalists are widely respected for their insights and analysis and in addition to their reporting for the print edition, contribute the majority of postings that run on the paper’s Tech Blog.

Mr. Nuttall roams widely in his coverage, most recently providing blanket coverage of the boardroom travails facing Yahoo! Yet his beat coverage includes Apple, video games, semi-conductor makers, phone equipment makers, entertainment and social media. Like many technology reporters, Mr. Nuttall both reports on the industry and reviews its latest software and gadgets (using the first person).

Since January 2008, his byline has appeared on no fewer than 50 Front Page stories thanks largely to his reportage first on Microsoft’s failed bid for Yahoo and then investor Carl Icahn’s effort to oust the standing Yahoo board. In addition to co-authoring stories with Mr. Waters, he also pairs with tech editor Rob Minto in London; Kevin Allison in San Francisco and sometimes with Joshua Chaffin in New York. That said, the majority of his stories carry his byline alone.

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Editor-in-Chief Collection Review: Amazon Kindle

Amazon isn't pushing its handheld electronic book reader as a journalism efficiency tool, but it should be.  We've discovered that Kindle offers journalists, especially those who are big into documentation, a great way to organize and take notes on large volumes of paper documents, without the bother of paper.

The secret is that Amazon/Kindle offers  to convert any PDF document into a Kindle-readable file.  That means you can load SEC filings, lawsuits, handwritten notes, etc. into your Kindle and access them easily and electronically, bookmarking important passages and pasting electronic notes.  We have previously traveled with binders full of documents to report on assignment.  Now, we load all those documents onto the Kindle and carry them on board planes where we can access our own data libraries as easily as we can the latest bestselling book.

In this regard, Kindle trumps iPod by a mile.  On a Kindle, a journalist can listen to audio books, download bestsellers, chill out to musical tunes, keep photos of the fam, bring along all reporting files, read today's newspaper, access the internet and blog. And the Kindle battery will keep on juicing your work long after you iPod has gone to sleep.

Forget a key document at the office?  Have a newsroom colleague email it directly to your Kindle and you are good to go.

We love the Kindle and can't image how we ever got along without it.  Every journalist and journalism junkie needs one.



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