Just a quick note: Jeffrey Gettleman’s New York Times article from yesterday on famine in Somalia merits an appreciation. It’s unbelievably grim, but really well-explained, and most importantly, written not to be “worthy” but to be compelling—i.e., it’s devastating without being dreary. Honestly, I had it open on my screen for a few hours, because I knew I should read it but really didn’t want to. But once I got to it, it demands to be read.
02:57 PM - September 16, 2011
#Realtalk: This isn’t another ‘golden age’ for print - But it is one for media
Social media in smaller markets - How three social media managers deal with smaller markets and more local coverage.
A rally for laid-off Sun-Times photogs - A protest Thursday morning drew about 150 picketers to the newspaper’s headquarters
Reporting, or illegal hacking - Scripps reporters are accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Exchange Watch: California Dreaming - Low healthcare premiums on the West Coast were trumpeted as a big, good-news Obamacare story. But: “Compared to what?”
Things have always been getting worse
In fact, we’ve been doing it for a while
The people who run the American security apparatus are in the overwhelming majority diligent people with a deep concern for civil liberties. But their job is to find creative ways to collect information. And they work within an institution that, because of its secrecy, is fundamentally inimical to democracy and to a free society
“Michael was angry … he was angry about things that weren’t right in the world. He was angry with war and with loss, and that drove his reporting.”
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.