I can't sleep. My thoughts are haunted by eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky. I only spent just over a day in his world and it was after he had already been abducted and killed, after his alleged murderer was caught and arrested, but it was enough. The day started out innocently enough, with me sleeping to 9 … Continue reading Reporter’s Notes: In memoriam
Gawker Media hacked; 188, 279 passwords revealed, then analyzed by the Wall Street Journal. "Monkey" is in the top 10? Makes me feel positively brilliant with my password choices across the board. Although judging by my own password choices, I'd wager (hope?) that people don't really go crazy with difficult passwords for media sites like … Continue reading Gawker Media hacked; passwords leaked, then analyzed
The Washington Post published a human interest story yesterday about a mother, the birth of her baby, and her family and friend's reactions as she became ill. Told primarily through screenshots of Facebook status updates and wall posts, the article begs the question of whether or not the use of quotes through visuals instead of … Continue reading A Facebook story: gimmick or necessary?
NY Times article: "Contracts Tied To Efforts to Kill Militants" Let me get this straight. So the "benign gov't info-gathering program" was a website known as Afpak, proposed by a former CIA guy and a former TV exec., set up to operate as what looks like a local news service focusing on cultural conflict issues … Continue reading Lost in Translation: The Line Between Journalism and Espionage
Like musicians and strains of melody, reporters generally have an “ear” for newsworthy events and reporting opportunities. Whether it’s being at the scene of a car accident and interviewing witnesses (after pulling people out of the wreckage, of course, per Ethics discussion) or chasing a tornado, or pursuing a hesitant, but important, source for a … Continue reading A Journalist’s Direction: Divining Rod or Diversion?