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  • shortformblog:


    According to MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff, systematic usage of paid internships disproportionately shuts out working-class and lower-middle-class writers from journalism careers. Do you agree?

    This is a definite issue for young journalists — though not across the board. Many newspapers, for example, offer paid internships, and when I started in the industry, I was lucky enough to get a temporary job that was paid. (Magazines, traditionally, are less likely to offer paid internships.) So I definitely feel for journalists struggling to make a career out of this. Good on The Ed Show for raising the issue, though the next question is, what are NBC’s own practices on the matter? — Ernie @ SFB

    I absolutely and completely agree with this. While I was lucky enough to get paid internships, they weren’t with the “names” that make an impression on your resume outside of say, Texas. Those who are wealthy enough to take an unpaid internship with Conde Nast are more likely to get hired than the person who did a paid internship with their local newspaper even though you have more opportunites to do actual writing/reporting at your local newspaper than at Conde Nast. But this could be mainly a problem in large cities such as D.C. and NYC where names are very important. -BdM

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  • My heart stops when this happens. My heart stops when I think this has happened.  That’s the danger of having four accounts on TweetDeck. -b



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  • washingtonpoststyle:

    Dan: “You know, I am missing my legs. Is that an issue?”

    Rebecca: “I never dated a guy because he had nice knees. But I do like nice arms.”

    Love after warPhoto by Nikki Kahn (TWP)

    (via npr)

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  • futurejournalismproject:

    This will happen to all the Internet snitches.

    The bodies of a man and a woman hang from a bridge in Neuvo Laredo, a city along the US-Mexico border. The two were allegedly killed by drug cartel members for reporting information about drug violence to Mexican Web sites that aggregate such data.

    The quote above is from a sign found near the two.

    Via a September 15 New York Times post in the Lede Blog:

    The murders were all the more disturbing because, absent regular news reports on the drug violence, many in Mexico turn to Twitter and other social media for information. Hashtags — which tie Twitter posts together — have become an important sorting mechanism, turning connected reports by individual Twitter accounts into an ad hoc news service.

    And from today’s New York Times:

    The killings highlighted the growing power of the so-called cyber guardians, whose Twitter accounts sometimes carry avatars depicting Pancho Villa and other heroes of the Mexican Revolution. The drug cartels, which have often successfully enforced information blackouts at the local level by intimidating the police and reporters, are clearly threatened by the decentralized distribution of the Web. And it may be harder for them to control.

    Today’s Times story begins with Mexican Twitter users alerting one another to stay away from a particular street in Veracruz. Masked gunmen were in the process of dumping 35 bodies under a bridge.

    Image Source: Borderland Beat.

    (Source: futurejournalismproject)

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  • Sorry for the onslaught of photos/videos about the wildfires in Texas but my state is on fire and people’s memories are going up in flames.


    Photos by Rodolfo Gonzalez, Jay Janner, Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN and Terry Hagerty BASTROP ADVERTISER

    Fire crews continue to battle several fires across Central Texas Tuesday. Winds are expected to be lighter today, but low humidity could help flames spread quickly, forecasters say. There is no chance of rain.




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  • zeitvox:

    Fires in Texas viewed from the International Space Station

    (via motherjones)

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