I’m glad this is the story Walla Walla is getting national news coverage for. (Our version, which is both funnier and more than two paragraphs long, is here.)
Revelations about surveillance, intimidation, and exploitation of the press have raised unsettling questions about whether the U.S. and other Western democracies risk undermining journalists’ ability to report in the digital age. They also give ammunition to repressive governments seeking to tighten restrictions on media and the Internet.
To combat these trends, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today along with more than 45 supporting partners including The Associated Press, gettyimages, vicenews, humanrightswatch, amnestyusa, Bloomberg News, aljazeera, The Huffington Post, First Look Media, Slate, globalvoices, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched the campaign “Right to Report in the Digital Age.”
Join us. Sign the Petition.
I’ve been quiet on here for a month or so, but behind the scenes, a lot of exciting stuff has been going on. Starting on Oct. 13, I’ll be moving to the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. to be a breaking news/crime reporter.
^Roughly how I feel about this. (Though also, who doesn’t want an excuse to use the Ron Swanson dancing gif?)
Excitement aside, I’ve also been frantically trying to find housing, write my how-to-cover-my-current-beat documentation, research all the activities I can do in a city with a slightly larger population, read up on the history of Spokane and its police force, and do a bunch of other things. Hence the lack of blogging and the lack of data journalism.
But good news: cops and crime are PERFECT for data stuff. I’m confident I’ll have something exciting to blog in that regard before I’ve been in my new job for too long. In the meantime, though, it’s going to be a bit quiet around here while I figure out my new life.
News editor, after an incident where an angry customer slapped him on the head after throwing (and breaking) our news clerk’s computer. (She was apparently upset that she’d tripped over riprap near the city’s creek and that no one was doing anything about it.)
Numerous media outlets and citizen journalists have reported excessive use of force by police toward those protesting the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 9.
Wednesday evening, two reporters were arrested while covering the third day of protests. Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post (and ONA member) details how he was instructed to stop filming police officers and was slammed into a soda machine while he was being arrested. Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post said police purposefully shoved his head against the glass of the building. They have both been released.
To follow the ongoing situation in Ferguson:
- Garance Franke-Ruta’s Twitter list on Ferguson (31 members)
- Kristen Hare’s Twitter list of St. Louis journalists covering the shooting of Michael Brown (82 members)
- Circa’s Twitter list on Ferguson (34 members)
- The St. Louis Dispatch has extensive coverage of Ferguson and is curating tweets.
- Antonio French, Alderman of the 21st Ward, has been shooting photos and videos from the scene.
Photos via Jamelle Bouie on Twitter. Front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Aug. 14, 2014 via Newseum.
If I had been a young-ish male journalist, the Very Respected Journalist might be recommending my work to other Very Respected Journalists right now. If I hadn’t shown disgust at what he did he would have helped me get my press pass in East Ukraine. If he hadn’t molested me maybe I would have written those pieces on the political repositioning of Poroshenko, the dynamics between the internally displaced people from Eastern Ukraine and the cities they have come to, a juxtaposition between the political use of space in Maidan and in Tahrir. I’d have more time to write about the political situation – to write about all the things I wanted to focus my energy on – if the inconvenience of being female in a world in which men can violently degrade and dehumanise women wasn’t taking up so much of my fucking time.
The fact I’m writing this is a failure – not a failure of my ability to be professional, as the sushi-chewing Very Respected Editor implied, nor a failure to ‘be a good girl’, as the Very Respected Journalist who did things to my body against my consent commanded – but a failure to let women get on with their work, the work they want to do, without having to go through the exhausting eternal distraction of dealing with and recovering from sexism – including sexual aggression. The failure is all the unwritten articles and unwritten books of women who have had to instead spend their time recovering from these experiences, or – and who could blame them – decide to stop venturing into this world."
from First Night in Kyiv, an anonymous article by a female journalist who travelled to Ukraine to report on the political unrest and was raped by a well established western male journalist on her first night there (via thisismybyline)
Reporter, strategizing about bringing legal Washington marijuana across state lines
It’s taken me a while, but I finally put together a simple, clean graph of enrollment for the Dayton School District, which is one of several small rural school districts I cover.
You might look at this and think, “How did this take you 3 weeks?” And my answer would be, “Clearly, you have never tried to learn D3 during your spare time.”
I relied almost entirely on this wonderful tutorial by Scott Murray, which involved a lot of hand-holding with the code, so I’m not as confident as I’d like to be that I could build something from scratch with D3. But I think I’d be better prepared to try, and I’d like to do that at some point down the road during this project.
As with the TileMill project from a few weeks ago, I feel like I’ve been exposed to an amazing, powerful set of tools for visualizing data and have barely scratched the surface.
Reflections on the data
I wanted to do so much more with this graph, and probably will down the line. It’s related to a story I’ve been working on for several months about students who transfer out of the district.
Last year, a total of 89 students living within Dayton’s boundaries were open-enrolled in other school districts or online programs, which cost them about $600,000 in state funding (versus $3.5 million total funding). It’s a huge issue for them, and it’s also created a chicken-and-egg situation where some of the things that might keep students in the district cost money they don’t have because so many people have left. I spent this week drafting a story we’re planning to run in a few weeks looking at why this is happening and what might be done about it.
Enrollment decline is related to the out-transfer issue, but it’s also its own thing. I really wanted to plot enrollment on a line graph against county population (relatively stable from 1997-present) and county population ages 5-19 (declining over the same period, but I’m not sure by how much relative to enrollment). But my D3 skills are not quite there yet.
|Me:||Did you know 'Director of First Impressions' is a job title?|
|Reporter:||No, but I would like it, because I make a lot of them.|