Facebook: Spies, lies and stonewalling: The tech giant Facebook has made headlines quite a bit over the last several months. However, for tech reporters covering the company, those headlines are just the tip of the iceberg. Writing for the Columbia Journalism Review, Jacob Silverman details the complex system that journalists covering Facebook must navigate while chasing their stories, including off-the-record dinners and interviews that severely limit the information that can be included in published articles. Silverman describes a culture that prevents employees from engaging with the press, leaving little room for transparency with reporters and creating a precarious relationship with media organizations.
Covering the South Asian diaspora: Boasting both a wide range of coverage and a series of in-person and online events, The Juggernaut has established itself as an informative, accessible publication centered around the South Asian diaspora, Hanaa’ Tameez writes for NiemanLab. Snigdha Sur founded The Juggernaut in late 2018 to combat what she calls a “disproportionately low” level of media coverage of Asian communities. Contrary to other South Asian community papers in the U.S., their coverage is written in English rather than Hindi or Urdu, making it more accessible to first- and second-generation South Asian Americans. Additionally, The Juggernaut has been testing out more nontraditional business models, such as partnering with sponsors for their newsletters rather than turning to advertisers to fund the publication.
L.A. Times dumps food editor over behavior: Following a series of tweets by freelance food writer Tammie Teclemariam alleging harassment and abusive behavior directed at his staff, Peter Meehan has stepped down as food editor for the Los Angeles Times. In a thread on Twitter, Teclemariam accused Meehan of verbal abuse and sexual harassment dating back to his work at Lucky Peach, the magazine he founded in 2011. Writing for the New York Times, Amelia Nierenberg examines Meehan’s resignation, the latest in a widespread reckoning over the uneven distribution of representation and power among food writers.
By Maya Homan & Matt Carroll