‘Garbage Girl’ talks Spot.us and media’s future

Posted: January 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: journalism | Tags: , , , , , , , | View Comments

Some news stories are just plain expensive.

That’s the case for in-depth investigations that require tons of sources and extensive research, and it’s true for long-term stories that require reporters to dig in for weeks or months to get the big picture. But it certainly holds true for sending journalists out to the middle of the ocean.

But that didn’t stop Lindsey Hoshaw from trying.

A freelance journalist specializing in environmental reporting, Hoshaw harbors a deep interest in trash — and in 2008, her eye was on the swirling vortex of it floating in the middle of the Pacific. Read the rest of this entry »

Earning the ‘i’ in ‘journalism’

Posted: January 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: journalism | Tags: , , , | View Comments

In a lot of ways, my mother and my soon-to-be mother-in-law are two ideal sounding boards for my thoughts on journalism.

My mom subcribes to the paper, watches local news on TV and reads stories online. My fiance’s mother is a former newspaper reporter and columnist.

They represent two vastly different interests in the world of media — the producer and the consumer — that hopefully want a lot of the same things.

So it’s always interesting to sit down with them to discuss changes in the industry (especially when there’s pie and coffee — and there always seems to be pie and coffee).

This holiday’s discussion centered on the idea of journalists building their own brand.

There’s a lot of great advice floating around on how to do that. The ever-helpful Mindy McAdams has some excellent tips, as does Vadim Lavrusik over at Poynter.

But my family and I spent a lot of time talking about what the move toward the “individual journalist” means for the journalism industry as a whole — namely, the effect of rebuilding credibility from scratch. Read the rest of this entry »