In sports on October 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm
Former attorney and current Sports Illustrated columnist Julie DiCaro wrote an extraordinary piece this week that begs some discussion. I’m about to link to it, but be aware, the post is the most profane, sexist, in some ways plain terrifying thing I’ve ever seen in a mainstream media post. And none of it is her fault.
OK, here it is.
As you can see, DiCaro has been the subject of incredible harassment. I would say it’s unbelievable, except, sadly, I believe it. I was a sportswriter covering national events 20 years ago. Way back then I witnessed vile, disgusting treatment of women in and around the game. Just one that I will never forget: I saw a back-up quarterback in the NFL offer one of his lesser appendages to a female sports reporter as a coat rack. Big laughs all around. And that was just for starters. There were fewer women in the field back then, but I have always admired their ability to ignore the distractions and do their jobs amid downright threatening behavior from grown men.
I would like to think things have changed, but social media seems to have pushed us back into the Paleolithic era. As DiCaro notes, the perceived anonymity of Twitter particularly and even our own comment platform seems to embolden cretins who are threatened by intelligent women with the temerity to speak about sports.
From the piece, here is Jemele Hill, who is half of he popular His and Hers show on ESPN: … Read the rest of this entry »
In Online media on September 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm
I got a great suggestion from Wick Advertising Director Cindy Hefley this week. She forwarded this terrific list of smart Twitter denizens and suggested I might come up with my own and share it here. You are welcome. There is nothing special about it. These are just friends, colleagues or others in our business who consistently post thought-provoking things on Twitter. If you play with Twitter at all, I’m sure you have your own equally valid list.
As part of his list, Bloomberg’s Tom Keene (@tomkeene) suggested a great way to grow your list of interesting folks. Simply look to see who the people you follow are following.
OK, here are mine:
@KVeklerov is the editor-in-chief of the University of California Daily Californian student newspaper. You can follow her if you want, but the point here is you should definitely find the editors of your local college student newspapers. Follow them. Interact with them. Recruit them.
@newsdesignnerds probably needs no introduction. Want good ideas for your next special layout?
@RRHeraldPublisher is Titus Workman. He has been working the heck out of Twitter of late. He’s using it to push his blog, “Publisher Talk,” to send photos from news events he attends and to share links to his newspaper’s stories. In fact, go ahead and follow all Wick publishers who have accounts. … Read the rest of this entry »
In Photography on April 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm
I know that by now you have seen some disturbing images from Baltimore. There has been looting and rioting and misbehavior of many sorts after the death of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.
Most of us probably take the images we see at face value. Because we’re trained to believe our eyes. For generations, we got information from reputable sources and if the New York Times or CBS News or some other brand we trusted posted a photo like the one you see above, you had good reason to believe that it was from looting in Baltimore.
But the one you see above it not from Baltimore. Despite what “Da’Marious Trufton” would have you believe on Twitter, that photo is actually from the pillaging of a KFC in Karachi, Pakistan … in 2012. The Twitter guy apparently just found a photo he liked on the Web and made something up. It’s been retweeted a lot by people who took it as gospel.
I might have seen the tweet and believed it myself if not for a guy named Eoghan mac Suibhne. He’s a journalist for the online outfit Storyful and he used the tweet, and others of a similar vein, to remind us to verify photos before passing on this stuff as real news. Please remember this before retweeting things like the above photo in the heat of the moment. … Read the rest of this entry »
In Online media on April 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm
New York Times writer Daniel Victor offers a very smart tip for using Twitter to source stories. It’s all about “me.”
In a recent blog post he writes about finding sources for a front-page Times story about the fact that some Hasidic men were causing a minor ruckus on international flights by refusing to sit next to women. It’s one of those quintessential Times stories that you didn’t know you cared about but were nonetheless interested to read.
So how do you find people to say they witnessed something like that? The airlines won’t help you. You can’t very well just call any Orthodox Jew…
Victor notes they looked for what you might think are key words “Hasidic” “flight” “sit.” But there was another word that drilled through the noise on Twitter: “Me.” He says:
People relating a personal experience – aka, good sources – will use it. People observing from afar – aka, useless sources – won’t.
Victor goes on to envision a train crash. What would you tweet from the wreckage if you were on that train? He guesses the answer might be “I’m OK.” Search for that. He says:
For all the focus on traffic generation and conversation, we ought to appreciate that social media also represents the deepest source pool and one of the greatest reporting tools ever given to journalists. Just gotta know how to wield it.