3 to read: David Carr: A memorable teacher | Political tide rising against Facebook? | Anatomy of murder

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Sept. 18, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. David Carr: An appreciation of a super mentor: The late David Carr of the NYT led an incredible life — media critic, editor of the alt-weekly Washington City Paper, and a crack addict who wrote a searing memoir about his own addiction and recovery. He was also a wonderful, memorable mentor to a generation of talented writers. Here’s the words from a dozen of those he helped, cajoled, pushed — and made better journalists. A wonderful read by Mikaela Lefrak for The Atlantic.

2. Is the political tide turning against Facebook & Google?: Facebook is the social platform journalists love to hate. It’s huge, non-transparent, refuses to acknowledge its out-sized role as a media company — and pockets all that advertising cash that used to pay reporter salaries. It’s also essential for driving mega traffic (hence revenue) to news sites. It turns out that a growing number of people don’t much love FB (or Google or Amazon) either. Ben Smith of BuzzFeed takes a thoughtful look at how a loose coalition of powerful figures is slowly raising the anti-trust flag, and asking whether some of these companies should be broken up.

3. Anatomy of murder: How The Economist does data journalism: A fascinating data viz of murder in the US — and great insight into how the Economist does this kind of work. Well worth a (long) look. Addictive. An interview with The Economist’s David Fransham on Medium.

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Matt Carroll teaches journalism at Northeastern University.


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