Note: This article first appeared here, on April 30, 2014. I’ve been avoiding writing about current events in these blog posts. This is a blog explaining my journalistic philosophy and hopes for the new website, which will be launched in a week or two. The new site will be full of the news and analysis...
Note: This article first appeared here, on April 29, 2014. A few people have confused this blog with my soon-to-be-launched news website. But they are two different things. This blog is a platform for discussing some issues in journalism, for introducing myself to a wider audience, and for keeping myself writing while I do […]
Note: This article first appeared here, on April 28, 2014. I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia in the heyday of journalism. The Virginian Pilot arrived on our doorstep before I woke up, and my dad, a US Marine, would read the paper at the breakfast table, while also listening to an all-news station on a […]
Note: This article first appeared here, on April 26, 2014. Many of the problems of the news media—an oligopolistic, centralized corporate ownership, a “business” orientation that reflects the world view of the managerial and ownership classes while ignoring the concerns of working people, overpaid celebrity reporters with “insider” status, reporting that uses false equivalency to […]
Note: This article first appeared here, on April 25, 2014. Wednesday and Thursday I discussed my unease with news media relying on advertising as the primary revenue generator. I argued that business model builds disincentives to cover stories or investigate issues that may adversely affect advertisers. Today and over the weekend I want to talk about how advertising […]
Note: This article first appeared here, on April 24, 2014. Yesterday I discussed my problems with advertorial, and explained that it was one reason why I left The Coast. The news site I’ll be launching in May will have no advertising, which addresses the problems that come along with with advertorial. But running an advertising-free news […]
Note: this article was first published here, on April 23, 2014. In the early 2000s, I worked as a freelancer for the Daily Tidings, a newspaper in Ashland, Oregon. It was good work, and helped me hone my skills and build a portfolio that would allow me to make a career out of journalism. But […]
Note: This article was first published here, on April 22, 2014. You couldn’t get rid of me that easily. Yes, I needed some time for myself. I went to California, spent my days walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, hanging with my starlet friends in the sun. I haven’t been this relaxed in […]