How many times will journalists botch reporting on suicide to learn these lessons as a profession?
The answer should be zero.
If I had been a young-ish male journalist, the Very Respected Journalist might be recommending my work to other Very Respected Journalists right now. If I hadn’t shown disgust at what he did he would have helped me get my press pass in East Ukraine. If he hadn’t molested me maybe I would have written those pieces on the political repositioning of Poroshenko, the dynamics between the internally displaced people from Eastern Ukraine and the cities they have come to, a juxtaposition between the political use of space in Maidan and in Tahrir. I’d have more time to write about the political situation – to write about all the things I wanted to focus my energy on – if the inconvenience of being female in a world in which men can violently degrade and dehumanise women wasn’t taking up so much of my fucking time.
Balkanist, with an anonymous submission from a female journalist who was assaulted by another journalist abroad — trigger warnings for rape and violence.
The L.A. Times put out an incredible story two days ago on the LAPD’s misclassification of nearly 1,200 violent crimes as minor offenses — here’s how they got the data.
Was reading through Alberto Cairo’s Nieman piece from last month at the office — slowly making a dent in my Instapaper collection — and ran across this Storify again. It’s a good reminder that your story is only as good as the wringer you put your data through.
tl;dr: Be as vigorous a critic of your numbers as you are of your sources! Both can lie (and often do).
Wanted: One Qualified Lebron Stalker
The Northeast Ohio Media Group has a “Lebron James Beat.” Here’s its job listing:
Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You’ll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You’ll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA.
Image: Lebron James GIF via cagrialkan.
Journalism = professional stalking, apparently.