The Portland Phoenix's seven-years-and-counting series by
Lance Tapley on torture in Maine's prison, most especially including
conditions in solitary confinement, has gotten national recognition in
an article that's part of the Columbia Journalism Review's most recent cover package on "race, class, and the media."
When it was announced on Saturday that Alexander Cockburn had died of cancer at the age of 71, our friend Dan Kennedy reminded us that it had been an article by Alan Lupo, writing in the Phoenix in 1984, that had led to Cockburn being fired from his gig writing about politics and media at the Village Voice. (The New York Times also notes the fact in an obit published in this morning's paper.
[Update 4/3/12] Daily Free Press Editor-in-Chief Chelsea Diana has resigned, according to a letter from the paper's Board of Directors published this morning. Today's DFP staff editorial also extended apologies to the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism as well as BU's Greek Life community.
Bill Simmons tells the Poynter Institute that he cut Mark Cuban's homophobic joke from a podcast earlier this month because, "From our standpoint, had we left that joke in the podcast, we would have been condoning it." Simmons made his first public remarks about the incident to Jason Fry of ESPN's Poynter Project (a partnership between ESPN and the Poynter Institute that monitors the network's ethics) in a story published this afternoon.
Today I find myself in the frustrating position of having to urgently explain the term "rape culture" to two members of the mainstream media, in response to two isolated articles that desperately misunderstand 1_ the extent to which rape and sexual violence continue to prevail throughout the world at large, 2_ the ways that said sexual violence epidemic is normalized by the media today.