Great story on where our media are by Allison P. Davis at The Cut
I would find out later that most of that day had been carefully calibrated to impress me. “You know how a teacher decorates the classroom on parents’ visiting day?” Bines said recently, laughing. “It was like that.” The Rihanna poster, the framed enlargements of highly trafficked articles on the wall, even the “What the Fuck is babe.net” sign on the archway had all been hung just for my arrival. The U.S. tab.com staffers, who shared the office with babe.net, had been told to go work at another location for the day. Pitches for the features meeting had been prearranged, and my one-on-one meetings with the writers had been so heavily coached Mitzali and Ross could have been producers on The Bachelor.
This is a beautiful piece of writing/comic illustrating
I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Calmly Writer before.
It’s a responsive typewriter that doesn’t stutter, has no gee-gaws, and saves to your own disk or Google Drive.
We tend to think that crowdfunding is a very 2010s idea. Only last year, I was throwing the idea out there that a new Vancouver daily could be kickstarted for a mere $22 million.
But reading this Peter Mackie story about the short-lived Vancouver Times, I discover that it was completely funded by the public buying shares, much of it sold from a stand at the PNE. The publisher, William “Val” Warren, hoped to replicate this throughout Canada.
It only survived a year, bad management and lack of ads dooming the project. Newspaper academic Marc Edge has a history of its short life and slow death.
Jane Kim, running for mayor of San Francisco, was given 24 hours to answer a list of very leading questions from the San Francisco Chronicle. Her answers are a master class in how to handle a biased media.
The Chronicle has now replaced the editor and reporter covering the mayoral race, but didn’t actually apologise.
Dave Winer had a great piece in 2010 about why he does not do interviews any longer. If he thinks your questions have value, he’ll blog about it in public or he’ll talk to you on background only.