easiest, most obvious, and typically accurate criticism of urban
crime reporting is that the big picture gets lost in all the noise.
As reporters jump from crime scene to crime scene – seeking out
detectives for quotes, interviewing witnesses – it's easy to ignore
the systemic malfunctions that have kept poor neighborhoods broken
"You have the right person."
As soon as I read that line, the day after the Aurora shootings, I knew it was a misquote.
It was part of a scoop for ABC: they'd tracked down the shooter's mom and got her on the phone. Their report used the quote three times - once in the headline and twice in the story itself - and went out of its way to characterize its meaning: James Holmes's mom "told ABC News her son was
likely the alleged culprit," "immediately expressed concern her son may be involved in the
shooting death of at least 12 people overnight" and was "apparently speaking on gut
From the Associated Collegiate Press Con panel "How to handle controversial topics," featuring Jeff Fish, current Editor-In-Chief of the Suffolk Journal and employee at the Globe's Metro Desk. Photo by Angela Bray.
If you're a journalist in the trenches, chances are you're too busy and too poor to attend (and your publisher is too poor to send you to) SXSW Interactive, the annual to-do where all the smart, well-funded bastards go to interact with other smart, well-funded bastards who can afford to think for five minutes about how to get us all out of this goddamn mess we're in.
POSTSCRIPT TO THE BELOW: as you probably heard by now, Bill Keller decided not to attend SXSW after all. Something about a nuclear meltdown -- whether his or Japan's wasn't clear.
Although it's already spawned a full-blow webternet kerfluffle and a full-body-contact response from its target, Bill Keller's NYTimes Magazine hit-piece on Arianna Huffington officially comes out in print today, the same day he's scheduled to appear at a South By Southwest Interactive panel on "The Evolution of the New York Times
With the publication of his 2004 book "We the Media,"
Dan Gillmor established himself as one of the most important thinkers
in digital journalism. Because of that book, Gillmor, a former
technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, is often described
as the leading advocate for citizen journalism, though he would be the
first to point out it's more complicated than that.
Well, this is awkward: NY Mag, this week; and the Boston Phoenix, July 2009
Back in July of 2009, Boston Phoenix staffer DAVID S. BERNSTEIN wrote an article about how Sarah Palin was about to rake in the dough -- a piece that examined the underbelly of the Conservative punditocracy in America, and explained how Palin, by becoming the leading figure in it, was poised to make a hell of a lot more money as a full-time free agent than she would as a half-assed Alaskan governor.
I know it's a little foofoo and some of the dishes are really meant for the culinary wizards of the country (hence the name I guess), but I'm seriously sad to hear about Gourmet magazine's demise. :(
Today, Conde Nast, parent-company of The New Yorker, Wired and a ton of other pubs, announced they are closing Gourmet along with three other publications -- Cookie, Modern Bride, and Elegant Bride (but keeping their Brides magazine open -- serously people? Three bride mags and you never thought it was a bit much?).