3 to read: ‘Darth’ D’Vorkin at LA Times | Ben Shapiro: The thinking conservative | ‘Engagement reporter’?

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Jan. 27, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. ‘Darth’ D’Vorkin: LA journalism’s ‘Prince of Darkness’: If you think things are bad at the LA Times now, get ready — they could get a whole lot worse. The new editor in chief, Lewis D’Vorkin comes across as a someone willing to sell his ethical standards for a few million clicks, give a take a hundred thousand. Just what the Times needs, what with reports of their new publisher’s history of harassment. Hang in there, Times newsroom. Story for CJR by Lyz Lenz.

2. Is Ben Shapiro a conservative liberals can count on?: Despite the obviously partisan take, this is a great read about a fast-rising conservative writer and podcaster who is not a mindless follower of Trump. Shapiro comes across as a brilliant intellectual with points to make, and if he ticks off fellow conservatives, well, that’s just too bad. Nice story by Seth Stevenson for Slate.

3. What the heck is an ‘engagement reporter’?: Newsrooms have dived deep into the “engagement” pool. The problem is that no one quite agrees what the heck that means. A survey of those with the label finds that those reporters are still working to define their exact roles. Interesting story on an evolving idea, by Taylor Blatchford for MediaShift.

Bonus read: How an undercover female reporter exposed sexual misconduct at a London charity bash: Men behaving badly is not exactly a breaking news story these days. But Madison Marriage, working for the Financial Times, covered a top-shelf charity event — for men only — and discovered a level of abuse and boorishness towards young women hostesses that boggles the mind. Marriage reported that men of all ages were pawing at the young hostesses, many college students. It’s a remarkable story that has rocked England. Great read by William Booth and Fred Barbash in the WaPo.

Matt Carroll teaches journalism at Northeastern University. Twitter: @MattCData. Instagram: mattcarroll54.

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