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Calvin Trillin, journalist and author

Streamed live on Jan 29, 2015 — Calvin Trillin talks with Victor Navasky. To view this video on mobile phones, click here.

MLive lays off two senior journalists

DETROIT, MI — MLive, one of Michigan’s largest online news sources, has laid off two senior journalists who helped lead state coverage within the past month. John Barnes, the statewide projects coordinator for MLive Media Group, was let go recently. “Yeah, my job was eliminated,” said Barnes in an email. “We did great work for a long time. I am...

Venezuela uses US reporter's photo in tourism campaign

MIAMI — The Miami Herald’s Jim Wyss made a startling and surreally ironic discovery Friday morning. The discovery: Venezuela state-run media was using a picture of him to promote tourism to the troubled South American nation. In the picture he is being hugged by a woman under a slogan that reads, “We love Venezuela …. for welcoming foreigners as one...

When Burning Man is your beat

This summer will be Jenny Kane’s first trip to Burning Man. No surprise—last year, six out of 10 attendees were new visitors to the experimental city that rises each summer in Nevada’s arid Black Rock Desert. The difference with Kane is that she’ll be going as the Reno Gazette-Journal’s first full-time, year-round Burning Man reporter. The new beat is both...

Grand-jury leaks shouldn't get shield law protection, says grand jury

In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ?randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective policymaking expertise, has recommended that the state legislature change its shield law to narrow the protections for journalists. Show More Summary

7 ways Andrew Sullivan changed blogging

It's hard to prove for sure who invented what on the internet. Innovations spread rapidly and sometimes seem to materialize simultaneously in many places. So I can't really prove that Andrew Sullivan, who announced Wednesday that he was quitting blogging, came up with all of the approaches I'm about to list. But I will say I've been immersed in digital...

What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to management directives, comprise the target demographic for two local TV newsrooms. The newsworthy bit: Michelle is a cardboard cutout. Show More Summary

The ethics of saying 'sorry'

Earlier this month Slate Magazine published a Year in Outrage calendar, which chronicled the stories that enraged the general public each day of last year. Eric Meyer never meant to be Dec. 28. The Ohio-based web developer meant only to tell his audience of industry insiders how a Facebook algorithm that brought him grief on Christmas Eve illustrated a...

Snapchat ventures into news territory

The app used by millions as a creative outlet for puckered-faced selfies, fleeting nude photos, and covert humiliation of unknowing passersby is the latest third-party platform to host news coverage. On Tuesday, Snapchat unveiled Discover,...Show More Summary

What will happen to The New York Times' race beat?

The future of race coverage at The New York Times is under scrutiny as Tanzina Vega, the paper’s sole reporter on a national race and ethnicity beat that she created one year ago, is moved this week to the metro desk to cover the Bronx courthouse. “In recent months Tanzina Vega showed how varied and powerful a national beat focusing...

Covering the Knicks? Good luck

New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters after practice. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) "The only thing worse than being a bad team is being a boring team," Frank Isola of The New York Daily News told me in a phone interview. We were discussing the 2014-15 New York Knicks; not only are they tied for the worst...

Is national media ignoring local science fraud?

In a rare case, a former Iowa State University scientist was prosecuted by a federal attorney last summer for faking the results of his AIDS vaccine research. The university repaid nearly a half-million dollars to the federal government, covering several years of the researcher's salary. An additional $1.4 million in grant money, which had not yet been paid, was canceled....

In between 'before' and 'after'

Today, we're going to discuss "prior to" and "following," in the hopes that some people will realize they are not always good replacements for "before" and "after." "Prior to," as Garner's Modern American Usage notes, is "one of the most easily detectable symptoms of bureaucratese, commercialese, and legalese," and "is terribly overworked to boot." When was the last time you...

It's still early, but the Sun Times Network does not look very good

CHICAGO, IL — When Wrapports LLC, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, announced in October that it was launching a project called the Sun Times Network, the initial reaction here was mostly skeptical. Few media observers in Chicago had seen it coming, and much of the discussion on Twitter and comment threads revolved around the question: What is this thing?...

Here's how you run a newspaper that's under attack

In the early hours of a November morning in 2011, a car pulled in front of the offices of El Siglo de Torrón, a newspaper based in the north-central Mexican city of Comarca Lagunera. The driver got out, lugging a vat of gasoline. He poured it over the car and lit a fuse. While the vehicle burned, he turned...

Why moving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial won't nullify pretrial media coverage

As jury selection in the alleged Boston Marathon bomber’s trial entered its final stages last week, defense attorneys filed a third motion to move the trial to a new location. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued that various factors, including “unrelenting” media coverage, had helped create bias among potential jurors in Boston. Show More Summary

How hacking confusion threatens tech reporters

Not everyone agrees on what to call Barrett Brown. He has been dubbed a journalist, a hacktivist, a criminal, and a spokesman for Anonymous. His writing career predates his association with the hacking collective, but he admits to becoming a general advocate for Anonymous and a limited participant in some specific operations. "All in all, I served a very ambiguous...

How the Houston Chronicle is catching up to a changing city

HOUSTON, TX -- The biggest city in Texas isn’t just big. Houston is vast, growing, and changing--fast. The city proper is the fourth largest in the country, and the population of the sprawling metropolitan area is now greater than Philadelphia’s. By at least one account, it’s the most ethnically diverse city in America, too--the home of Urban Cowboy and Billy...

How media managers should share bad news

Liz Spayd: It's hard to find a newsroom, with a few exceptions like maybe BuzzFeed, that don't have financial challenges to weather. The buyouts at The New York Times are among the latest. Do you think management does a good enough job of revealing information to its employees about how the business is doing and how it could impact...

The end of Modern Farmer?

Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month after its founding editor quit and months after it won a National Magazine Award. As of Friday, the magazine has no editorial staff or leader. But there has also been no formal statement about it closing permanently, leaving some glimmer...

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