3 to read: 13 tips from ‘Spotlight’ reporter | Live-streaming transforms journalism | Bribing freelancers

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Dec. 9, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. Mike Rezendes of the ‘Spotlight’ movie has 13 tips for investigative reporters: Looking for some tips on how to be a good investigative reporter? Mike Rezendes of the Boston Globe (and Spotlight movie fame) has some excellent tips, from the simple to the profound. Mike, who is a friend and former colleague, has been doing this for a long time and knows what he is talking about. Check them out.

2. The live-streamers who are challenging traditional journalism: Never mind the “coming” revolution with AR and VR. There’s already a revolution going on, and it’s with live-streamers. A fascinating trip with Tim Pool, one of the top live-streamers out there, and how he goes about his business. His stuff is raw, confusing, occasionally boring as all hell — but often riveting. It’s clear this is one direction journalism is headed. Nice story by Andrew Marantz in the New Yorker.

3. How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Co & HuffPo stories: Take a peek behind the curtain at the (very) dark side of freelance journalism. It’s about how brands secretly buy their way into digital news stories on sites ranging from Forbes to Fast Company by — shocker — bribing the news site’s freelance writers. It’s not exactly surprising given the pittance paid by newsrooms to those freelancers scratching out a miserable economic living in the “gig economy.” But it is certainly ugly and embarrassing for everyone involved. Nice work by Jon Christian for TheOutline.

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3 to read: The angry, witty life of Kang | In defense of reporter neutrality | Trump’s message is sinking in

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Nov. 11, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

1. The angry, witty, adventurous life of journalist Jay Caspian Kang: I’ll be upfront: I’d never heard of Kang before this sprawling (and wonderful) profile by Karen K. Ho for CJR. Kang writes on topics ranging from sports to race. His excerpts are full passion and voice (below). After reading this bio, I’ll be digging deep into his work, starting with his profile of the inimitable boxing promoter Don King.

Jay Caspian Kang: “The Chinese aren’t creative enough, the Nips don’t have the balls or the specific brand of Korean crazy, which is really just the same as Irish crazy, because both peoples come from small countries oppressed for hundreds of years by assholes across the way. Both peoples grew up under the eye of the crown or the fucking emperor and learned to suppress everything, especially anger, until they no longer could distinguish what was what, and could walk around angry without recognizing anger as anger. And the prescription for whatever else was drinking.”

2. In defense of neutrality: Why news orgs are right to crack down on social media: Let’s face it: How journalists and newsrooms handle posts to social media is a landmine just waiting to blow. But it’s also clear that policies vary widely from newsroom to newsroom. Dan Kennedy, a colleague of mine at Northeastern U, argues that the NYT and WSJ are right to keep their reporters on the straight and narrow. And leaving opinions out of it is just fine with Dan.

3. Trump’s message of mistrust is sinking in, even in journalism’s new ‘golden age’ Sorry to depress you a bit, but this is smart piece from Margaret Sullivan at the WaPo about how the brilliant journalism being done these days is not nearly enough to offset how many people trust the media less and less. Ugh, but important.

FYI: No ‘3 to read’ next week.

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3 to read: NPR? What the heck? | Breaking down Russia’s FB ads | Civil war at WSJ?

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Nov. 4, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. Behind the scenes: What the heck happened at NPR?: Michael Oreskes, the senior VP and editorial director of NPR, was ousted for sexual harassment at the liberal bastion, caught up in the Weinstein whirlwind. But while some details have been released, much remain murky: What happened behind the scenes? Who knew what when? Megan Garber of The Atlantic does a nice job creating a tick-tock of events — including what top NPR officials knew several years ago.

2. How Russian Facebook ads worked so effectively: An excellent data viz showing how the Russians used Facebook ads so well — and how the bad actor ads were spotted. In a nutshell, they created divisiveness by manipulating strong emotions and wrapping their subjects in the American flag. Great work by Leslie Shapiro at the WaPo.

3. Is civil war breaking out in WSJ over the editorial board’s coverage of Mueller?: Oh boy, it’s getting ugly at the Journal. Joe Pompeo at Vanity Fair writes an intriguing story about how the WSJ’s whacky editorials over Mueller are helping drive an exodus of top talent. Or as one former high-ranking Journal writer tweeted: “WSJ edit page has gone full bats — t.”

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3 to read: Reporting a timeline, pixel by pixel | Cool dataviz: ‘You draw it’ | Millennials *will* pay for news

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Oct. 28, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. The Las Vegas shooting: How to report a timeline, pixel by pixel: In a series of tweets, Malachy Browne, a producer in the NYT’s video unit, basically conducts a master class on how to build a complicated timeline by combining a number of video clips. It’s a fascinating tweet stream. (Click on the tweet linked in the story to see all the tweets.) It’s a great learning experience, even for experienced reporters.

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2. Simply, a cool NYT dataviz: ‘You draw it’: Another great example from the NYT, which continues to do top-notch data viz. “You draw it: Just how bad is the drug overdose epidemic?” informs, while providing (grim) information about how Americans have died over the past few decades in everything from car crashes to opioids. (Check out the crazy AIDS timeline.) Kudos to their graphics team and Josh Katz, who did this one.

3. Maybe the apocalypse isn’t *that* close: Millennials are paying for news: The commonly accepted wisdom is that millennials won’t crack open their wallets for news. Maybe that needs a digital update. Millennials — in increasing numbers — are paying, according to an impressive collection of publications: The Atlantic, NYT, WaPo, WSJ, and the Economist, among others. Driving the surge? Millennials are getting used to paying for digital content through sites such as Netflix, while the “Trump bump” gets some credit too.

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Is Trump Making Investigative Reporting Great Again?

When: Fri. Nov. 17

Where: Cabral Center, O’Bryant African-American Institute

40 Leon St., Northeastern University, Boston

Cost: Free

Register: bit.ly/NUtrumpreport

Keynote speakers: Louise Kiernan, editor in chief, ProPublica Illinois & Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor, Pro Publica

Panels:

  • Is there a market for investigative reporting? (Tom Melville, WBUR; Anne Galloway, VTDigger; Burt Glass, NECIR; David Hurlburt, WCVB)  
  • Tips techniques and tales from investigative reporters (Mike Rezendes, Boston Globe; David Armstrong, StatNews; Casey McDermott, NH Public Radio; Mike Morisy, MuckRock)

 

 

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