Posts Tagged: journalism
It’s not just the frighteningly misogynistic diatribes in the comments section—several other forces conspire to make life harder for female writers and journalists.
For example: “The most successful branded journalists stake out provocative claims frequently and aggressively, without worrying too much about whether they’ll eventually be proved wrong,” but for women, eventually being proven wrong can be a devastating career setback....more
When I write a story about someone else, I keep me, myself and I, out of it….But a few years back, I wrote about someone else and did belong in the story; I was an undeniable part of it.
While writing his latest book, Joshua Prager found himself in one of those strange instances when journalists have to row out from the shore of objectivity and include themselves in the story they’re writing....more
Check out these tasty Rumpus morsels, posted over the weekend!
Wendy Ortiz interviews poet Louise Mathias about beauty, ecstasy, and eroticism…and “snakes and horses and sky and birds and hallucinogenic flowers, and stars, and the smell of creosote after rain, and…”
When journalist Maggie Downs lost a friend in a skydiving accident, many of her writer acquaintances filled her “voicemail…with interview requests instead of well wishes.” In her Sunday Rumpus essay “Spill,” Downs tries to figure out what role journalism has in times of tragedy:
Are these articles designed to tell us that humans suffer?
The life of a writer is rarely depicted as glamorous.
We do it because we must. But sometimes we also must do other things like eat, and pay for shelter over our heads, or support those dependent on us. In the age of of information inundation, with high reader demands and little money to go around, the situation is bound to get tense....more
Journalist and biographer Tom Reiss sits down and explores the idea that, “however obscure his subjects might be, he [is] a writer first and foremost, obsessed with getting the details right while crafting a story that could propel even a reluctant reader across unfamiliar terrain.”...more
Andrew Sullivan is lighting out on his own, hoping his blog The Dish will make enough money to stay afloat without the assistance of the Daily Beast or any other publication.
His plan has a number of details that set it apart from other attempts to monetize online media: no ads (for now), no paywall (sort of), and an option for dedicated fans to pay over and above the annual subscription price, to name a few....more
This is how I think of it: there’s a contract between you and the mystery. And the mystery is the thing that brings life to the work. But your part of the contract is that you have to be the plow mule, or the mystery won’t show up. It might not even show up if you do your work. There’s no guarantee....more
New to GIFs? Unsure of what GIFs are? There’s no need to fret!
Ann Friedman has written an introduction to the art of the animated GIF at Poyntr.
The article covers what exactly constitutes a GIF, where you can access them, how to make your own, the debate around how they should be cited, and how journalists can use them to enhance their work....more
Talking Points Media reports on the deficit of female op-ed writers, citing an assessment conducted by The OpEd Project.
The article quotes Katherine Lanpher, a member of the organization, who tells the website: “We are seeing that women aren’t narrating the world, even though they’re half of the world.” TPM cites the Byline Survey, writing “women authored thirty-three percent of op-eds in new media publications and twenty percent of the op-eds in traditional media during a twelve-week period last year.” Op-eds are stratified by content too – only eleven percent of the opinions written on the economy during this time were produced by women....more
The Awl assembles a list of the 26 reporters arrested (so far) covering Occupy Wall Street stories and reveals what they do and who they are.
“Only seven of the 25 arrested are full-time employed traditional news-gathering employees. A number were student reporters; a few were interns; a larger number were freelancers....more
There’s yet another example of underpaid and undervalued journalists, this time from the campaign bus.
Budget cutbacks have filled these buses with fledging reporters, in contrast to the seasoned political journalists that once occupied those very seats. Mid twenty years old are jumping from their student newspapers to National Journals, hearing the cautionary tales of the cut-throat world of campaign reportage (stuff like: “Everything can and will be used against you”)....more
Errol Morris, the truth-seeker/director of the documentary The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War is once again having us question the facts. His collection of essays, Believing is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography) considers our undiscerning trust in photos, though their reliability is as questionable as any story-telling medium....more
Bay Area News Group is feeling the financial burden that is maintaining viable newspapers in this digital age. Thus, BANG is calling for some major restructuring, namely consolidating their eleven local newspapers into two regional ones and laying off 8% of the staff, around 15o jobs....more
Tom Lutz’s recent essay for the LA Review of Books discusses the missing generation of journalists, the layoffs that have forced out some of the greatest book reviewers from their staff positions on newspaper mastheads and the diminishing of the book review from newspapers at large....more
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the British phone hacking scandal is the lack of coverage in the US press.
Among the US newspapers, the NY Times is the only one I can find which has done significant reporting on the story, though the best work on the story comes from (no surprise) the Guardian....more
Here is a GOOD Books’ list of past journalistic scandals, which given the state of the current phone-hacking mess, is some necessary zoomed-out context on the history of journalism.
For example, remember William Randolph Hearst’s megalomanic media domination? Or the thin line between journalistic slant and perspective?...more
With more unraveling of the Murdoch/phone-hacking scandal, the consequences and reverberations of the case have grown extensive and increasingly grave.
The latest development came to light this morning when Sean Hoare, a former employee of the News of the World, who initially outed Andy Coulson for his involvement and awareness of the phone-hacking activity at the newspaper, was found dead in his home in Watford....more
Director Aaron Sorkin’s conversation with NY Times columnist (and intrepid memoirist) David Carr for Interview Magazine delves into the territory of addiction, journalistic journeys and the state of news media. He uncovers much about the state of journalism in these aggregation-based and blog-heavy times, and sheds light on his own unconventional path to the NY Times....more
Sports columnist, Rick Reilly is doling out writing advice to Colorado’s J-school graduating class, and not everybody is taking it so well.
It’s a constant dilemma for writers new and old, having to negotiate exposure vs. payment or deciding whether an unpaid internship will eventually lead to some sort of monetary promise....more