Atrocious

We all know newspapers are a dying breed, so I understand that they have to do whatever they can to stay afloat. But there is no excuse for allowing your entire front page to be an ad!

And the poll under the HuffPost story is pretty much 50/50 between “it crosses the line” and “what’s the big deal?” Well the big deal is as journalists our duty is to tell you stupid people what you need to know, and I doubt the most urgent news that day was that together you’ll go far with Wells Fargo.

- Richmond times-Dispatch Front Page (HuffPost via CJR) -

Here’s another one…

- Los Angeles Times Front Page (HuffPost) -

The Life of David Gale

I saw a really good movie last night that I am surprised I had never even heard of before since it’s about investigative journalism.

“The Life of David Gale” (2003) is about David Gale (Kevin Spacey), a college professor and activist against capital punishment who, ironically, is on death row for raping and murdering one of his colleagues, Contstance (Laura Linney). Four days before he is due to get executed he contacts Bitsey (Kate Winslet), a local reporter, and offers her an exclusive interview with him so she can tell his story so he can be redeemed in the eyes of the public, and especially, his son. Bitsey gets caught up not only in Gale’s story of his life and the events leading to his incarceration, but in the mystery surrounding the murder. A creepy cowboy starts following Bitsey around and then he leaves a video in her motel room showing Constance in her final minutes of life. It starts to seem like Gale was framed for the murder and Bitsey only has three days to prove his innocence. But the story twists a couple of times in some really sick ways. I actually did not see the ending coming at all.

There are also a lot of Biblical undertones to the story setting Gale up as a Jesus figure. Hint: if you catch onto that and keep it in mind, the ending seems logical….

Another plus: cameo from Gilmore Girls’ Sookie (Melissa McCarthy). She has been popping up everywhere!

Anyway, I can’t believe this movie never got any hype! Granted there are some cheesy lines and the camera work is kind of strange, but still it’s a really good mystery on an interesting topic.

Sometimes I’m a Nerd

Page One: Inside the New York Times is a new documentary coming out that portrays the changes happening in journalism today and the struggle between traditional and new media by bringing us through a year at the New York Times.

This topic has been beaten to death. Not only have I taken college courses on this, but I live it everyday- my salary depends on the success of blogs.

Still, call me a nerd, but I may be going to see it. And I will probably go on my own since I doubt anyone will want to sit through it with me.

Watch the trailer and read all about it! – Page One: Inside the New York Times

They like me!

My job of recruiting and managing bloggers is a strange one. It’s random and my responsibilities are somewhat vague. Sometimes it feels like my job is completely pointless. But then sometimes I’m reminded that maybe a blog about commuting in Fairfield County, or the day-to-day life of a mom is not the most exciting thing to me, but these people really love what they do, and they do it thanks to me. Here are a couple hidden “thank you’s” I found while going through the blogs.

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“Y’all, I am so excited! I’ve been discovered! Finally! (I’m so excited, I’ve already used 3 exclamation points for as many sentences.)

I was recently contacted by Lidia Ryan, who is the Community Content Coordinator for Hearst Connecticut Media Group. She mentioned that she saw this blog and was wondering if I’d like to start a blog for the Fairfield Citizen homepage.

When I started reading her email, which, to me was completely unexpected, I think my vision blurred because after I got through the first paragraph I couldn’t read anymore. I had to stop and stare at the wall till my eyes focused and start reading again.

It’s just so nice to be noticed. And appreciated. And sought after.” – Rachael on the Road

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“As much as I have to do, I still find my head nodding yes even without thinking when the pretty young journalist from the Hearst Media group invites me to write articles and blog posts about being a mom in Fairfield County to be featured here….  and now, I’m an addict!” – Medha’s Momesty

See Ya, Typewriters :(

Typewriters have obviously been a dying breed for years, but now they’re just dead.

“Godrej and Boyce – the last company left in the world that was still manufacturing typewriters – has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India with just a few hundred machines left in stock.” – Daily Mail

As a journalist, i have a soft spot for all writing devices, so here is my ode to typewriters:

– Mashable’s story

– Everything you could ever want to know (or not want to know) about typewriters: Wikipedia

– Audrey Hepburn singing “moonriver” in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (my fav.)  wouldn’t be the same without the clicking of the typewriter keys in the beginning.