i talk to strangers and write about it. this is where i put the scraps floating around in my brain.

content unserious and often sarcastic. (unless it's about journalism — that's always serious business.)

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Can I keep my doctor with Obamacare? There's a database for that, thanks to the LA Times

who invented non-searchable pdfs, and who hated you as a child?

Research chat: Sarah Cohen of the New York Times on the state of data journalism and what reporters need to know




election day is my favorite holiday


Journalist 1: But you’d be doing nothing. Won’t you get bored? 

Journalist 2: I do “nothing” really well. 

The Fields Medal is no longer a boys-only club


The Fields Medal is viewed as the greatest honor in mathematics; the Nobel of math. Today, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman (and Iranian) to win a Fields Medal.

RTDNA: Guidelines for Reporting on a Suicide

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.

LAPD's misclassified incidents: How we reported this story

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.