Dave Maass writes, "In the 1890s, a tobacco company included collectors cards featuring 'American Editors' in its cigarette packs. In all, they were 49 white dudes and one woman, and the only diversity was in their beards and mustaches."
Today, we're fundraising for the Society of Professional Journalists' San Diego chapter with updated cards featuring the reporters who truly represent contemporary journalism, starting with Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Melissa del Bosque of the Texas Observer. More will be revealed as we hit our fundraising goals.
This spring I was subpoenaed to testify in a judicial discipline case in San Diego related to reporting I'd done four years earlier while a reporter at San Diego CityBeat. I was investigating Gary Kreep -- the right-wing attorney spearheading the legal side of the Birther movement -- who had just been elected a Superior Court Judge. With pro bono legal help, we exerted California's Shield Law, and the subpoena was withdrawn. But I don't accept free help easily, so here were are. Kreep once wrote to me in an angry email: 'You give muckrakers a bad name.' That may be true, but now I want to give muckrakers a bunch of money.
Fundraiser for SPJ SD: Journalist Cigarette Cards
Yesterday's spectacular series of raids on Australian journalists by the Australian Federal Police are a turning point in how democracies view the role of the press and leaks: the raid targeted News Corp's Annika Smethurst over her reporting on a secret plan to grant the Australian Signals Directorate -- a spy agency -- the power […]
Australia “may well be the world’s most secretive democracy,” writes Damien Cave in The New York Times. It’s cracking down on journalism that embarrasses the government, using arrests, raids and expansive warrants to chill reporting to an alarming extent. The journalist whose home was raided Tuesday, Annika Smethurst of The Sunday Telegraph of Sydney, had […]
More Americans view made-up news as a ‘very big problem’ for the country, over terrorism, illegal immigration, racism, and sexism.
With the rising temperatures on tap this summer, the climate is going to be a frequent topic of conversation, and those conversations won’t be happy ones. Luckily, there’s a way to do a little climate change of your own – in a safe and sustainable way. When it comes to personal air conditioners, EvaPolar is […]
Whether you’re using them for next-level selfies or steady tracking shots, gimbals are a must for anyone who wants to maximize the potential of these powerful smartphone cameras we’re all carrying around. But those smartphones are also supposed to be portable, and let’s face it: Gimbals tend to offset that advantage. Weighing in at just […]
It’s too hot for yard sales, but hey: The internet is here for you. Here are the top ten deals on some of the Boing Boing Store’s best gear, just in time for summer. It’s everything from grills to security cameras to MacBook Pros, and they might be as low as they’re ever going to […]