Leading up to the Academy Awards, there was a lot of attention placed on the gender differences between the way men and women are covered on the red carpet. The movement #AskHerMore gained traction through a lot of online feminist media as a call out journalists to ask women more than what she was wearing … More Media Monday: A serious turn for Academy Awards coverage
The recent loss of David Carr has gotten me thinking about what it takes to make a legacy in journalism (or anywhere for that matter). Journalists have been the news lately, as I mentioned last week, both positively and negatively. I’ve been reading a lot about Carr and I think I have picked up on some … More Media Monday: On Creating a Legacy and David Carr
Perhaps it’s overdone, but I can’t help talking about Brian Williams for my first official Media Monday. After all, it isn’t everyday that a journalist is a top story for several days. Sure, we’ve seen scandal before. Notable plagiarism seems to happen all the time. Yet, this story seems to be something different. As a journalism … More Media Monday: When journalists become the story
A couple of weeks ago when the drama surrounding The Interview was going down, I was annoyed. While people were crying first amendment, I felt indifferent. Is a stupid comedy- mostly full of cheap, dirty humor- worth angering North Korea? It isn’t doing any good or educating. And didn’t they expect that? They were making … More Lifting my pen in honor of the Charlie Hebdo massacre
Nobody want’s to talk about rape or sexual violence right after Christmas. Here the deal; we (as journalists and just human beings who care) need to talk about sexual violence. We need to start talking about it so that maybe next year we will finally start doing a better job covering it. I’m going to … More Reporting on sexual violence: Why can’t we get it right?
I’m finally going to get out of my blogging block and start being a writer again. It’s a decision I’ve been trying to make for several weeks, but something has inspired me. That something was Serial. I’ll talk about that funk I was in later, but for now lets get into the important thing. Serial. … More I just have to weigh in on Serial like everyone else
Selfies are a widely discussed phenomenon in pop culture. People take pictures of themselves doing pretty much anything and everything. There is even a very annoying song about taking selfies. Everyone seems to want to understand the selfie, from explaining the history of self portraiture and calling selfies art, to applauding them as a tool … More Selfies at Auschwitz: Documentation in the Internet Age
I should start this off with a disclaimer: I do, in fact, know what Buzzfeed is. It stole much of my time during my procrastinating college years (of COURSE those years ended when I graduated… what are you talking about?). The real question is, what is Buzzfeed trying to be? What are people using it … More What the heck is Buzzfeed anyways?
Many people get into journalism hoping to change the world (or was that just a me thing?). It isn’t uncommon for people to become passionate about a topic that they feel is underreported. The journalists face many challenges in getting published, although most do not face the sort of problems Jose Antonio Vargas did today. Vargas, … More When journalists take a stand: Taking sides and storytelling
I remember the lesson about passive voice from my first journalism class very clearly, and not just because my professor threw something at me to prove a point. Avoiding passive voice has been firmly cemented in my mind. At the Writing Center I worked at, I often found myself struggling with a future scientist trying … More Defending passive voice