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 With pro bono legal help, we exerted California's Shield Law, and the subpoena was withdrawn.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
I traveled to Japan to buy a notebook. As a tech journalist and hardware reviewer, my primary function is to tell you whether or not the products you may be thinking of buying are, in a word, shit. It’s not typically a job that requires I leave my home. Hardware companies or my employers have […]
Oneita Jackson is a national treasure. You should read Nappy-Headed Negro Syndrome, her amazing collection of short stories! A few years ago I took a trip to Michigan, selling ads for Boing Boing. While there a friend arranged a tour of revival Detroit; this was the first I’d met Oneita Jackson. Oneita is a magical […]
Glenn Payette is a TV news reporter for CBC in Newfoundland and Labrador. Over the years, his pronunciation of the name of the province’s capital has undergone an amazing transformation. Previously: Gustavo Almadovar
Trains may not be the most popular means of conveyance nowadays, but chances are you grew up playing with toy trains or building a model set to wrap around the Christmas tree. In either case, it’s safe to say that locomotives have long carried a unique sense of awe and scale, especially when they’re hundreds […]
When it comes to redesigning or renovating a living space, envisioning changes before they occur can be tricky for most. Thankfully, the web is home to tools that can remove some of the guesswork, like Live Home 3D Pro for Mac. This app lets you create detailed and furnished floor plans for everything from sheds and […]
For many startups and fledgling businesses, web hosting — and the fees associated with it — can take a sizeable chunk out of the company budget and limit growth down the road. But, that’s not to say there aren’t hosts out there who can get your site online while staying within your budget. Arch Hosting is a […]