When the San Francisco Chronicle tackled the city’s bad coffee — “a recipe for horror.”
One of the stranger viral trends going right now, but makes me miss UT.
Incredible design and use of all elements to tell a story.
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources: Gonzo! (In which we poke through Hunter S. Thompson's newly released FBI file)
In 1967, the FBI was keeping close tabs on The People’s Weekly, the communist party’s west-coast newspaper affiliate. They had an informant who knew his way around the circulation department and was feeding them names of subscribers.
Among them, according to newly released records, was…
It’s pretty nerdy, but I’ve been reading the NY Times books section obsessively recently. By the Book is one of my favorites.
The Hidden Cost of Hamburgers
Two things here: this animation is part of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Food for 9 Billion series, a yearlong look at the challenge of feeding the world.
It’s also now part of The I Files, a new investigative channel on YouTube that will be curated by the CIR and draw from sources around the world.
Edited by the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, Calif., The I Files will be a showcase for the best investigative news videos from around the world – stories that investigate power, reveal secrets and illuminate your world. Our motto: Dig deep.
Our contributors include major media players such as The New York Times, BBC, ABC and Al-Jazeera, as well as public television’s ITVS and a host of independent reporters and producers. We will be working in association with the Investigative News Network and its coalition of 60 nonprofit news organizations, from ProPublica to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.
This is, of course, an experiment, yet another new venture in a media environment where the Web has splintered audiences into thousands of niche markets. But there is a method to our madness.
YouTube, just seven years old, is a vast and rapidly changing media environment, and within the almost incomprehensibly large YouTube universe, news videos have begun to find an audience amid the entertainment and clutter. It’s news that is often raw and citizen-generated – like footage of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami – but increasingly, it’s also professional news from established broadcasters.
A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism confirms the trend of people turning to YouTube as a source of news and information, especially in times of disaster – whether natural (a volcanic eruption in Iceland) or unnatural (the recent mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.). TV is still, by far, the No. 1 source of news for most Americans, but the Pew report found that YouTube has established itself as a rapidly expanding platform for “a new form of video journalism … where professional journalism mingles with citizen content.”
Stephen Talbot, CIR, The I Files brings investigative news to YouTube.
Hunter S. Thompson on David Letterman
“Our next guest has been called the most accurate and least factual reporter working today… please welcome back Hunter Thompson.”
A few videos on what would have been Thompson’s 75th birthday:
- Here he is on Charlie Rose talking about the Rum Diaries.
- Here Tim Russert interviews Thompson on his opposition to the Iraq War.
- And here he talks to an unidentified interviewer about his drug use.
Thompson killed himself in 2005.
The AP Plans to Use Robotic Cameras for Olympic Coverage
The Associated Press isn’t just sending photographers, photo editors and video journalists to the Olympics. They’re also booting up the robots.
Via the AP:
Remote-controlled robotic cameras at the swimming, weightlifting and diving venues will provide alternative angles, including under water, to supplement AP’s regular photo coverage. In addition to a selection of hand-placed remote cameras at a several other venues, such as those for gymnastics, track and field, AP photographers will use the latest Canon 1DX cameras and take advantage of new workflows and technology to move more photos faster than ever before.
Being the remote operator would be a fun gig. — Michael
BREAKING: Advice is received that the Congress resolved upon independence the 4th of July; and, it is said, have declared war against Great Britain in form.
The first mention of the US declaration of independence in the British press occurred six weeks after the fact in the August 10-13 edition of the London Chronicle.
And that mention was just the little blurb that you see above.
Via Todd Andrlik, a collector of American Revolution era newspapers:
The London Gazette also published an August 10 to 13, 1776, issue, but it lacked any mention of the Declaration. As the official court organ, and perhaps to avoid royal embarrassment, the Gazette also refrained from printing the entire text of the Declaration while other “Mother Country” newspapers jumped at it, including the London Chronicle (Aug 17 – first in Europe), Edinburgh Advertiser (Aug 20), Edinburgh Evening Courant (Aug 21), Belfast News-Letter (Aug 27), etc.
Once upon a time the world’s news moved real slow.
Image: A brief in the London Chronicle informs the public that the US colonies declared their independence. Via Rag Linen.
Forty years ago, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72 was published. At the time, The New York Times called it “the best account yet… of what it feels like to be out there in the middle of the American political process.”
An anniversary edition was recently released with a forward from Matt Taibbi that begins like so:
I doubt any book means more to a single professional sect than Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 means to American political journalists. It’s been read and reread by practically every living reporter in this country, and just as you’re likely to find a dog-eared paperback copy of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop somewhere in every foreign correspondent’s backpack, you can still spot the familiar red (it was red back then) cover of Fear and Loathing ’72 poking out of the duffel bags of the reporters sent to follow the likes of Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Barack Obama on the journalistic Siberia known as the Campaign Trail.
Decades after it was written, in fact, Fear and Loathing ’72 is still considered a kind of bible of political reporting. It’s given birth to a whole generation of clichés and literary memes, with many campaign reporters (including, unfortunately, me) finding themselves consciously or unconsciously making villainous Nixons, or Quislingian Muskies, or Christlike McGoverns out of each new quadrennial batch of presidential pretenders.
Even the process itself has evolved to keep pace with the narrative expectations for the campaign story we all have now because of Hunter and Fear and Loathing. The scenes in this book where Hunter shoots zingers at beered-up McGovern staffers at places like “a party on the roof of the Doral” might have just been stylized asides in the book, but on the real Campaign Trail they’ve become formalized parts of the messaging process, where both reporters and candidates constantly use these Thompsonian backdrops as vehicles to move their respective products.
Every campaign seems to have a hotshot reporter and a campaign manager who recreate and replay the roles of Hunter and Frank Mankiewicz (Karl Rove has played the part a few times), and if this or that campaign’s staffers don’t come down to the hotel bar often enough for the chummy late-night off-the-record bull sessions that became campaign legend because of this book, reporters will actually complain out loud, like the failure to follow the script is a character flaw of the candidate.
Slate, Fear and Loathing 40 Years Later.
Image: Chapter 1, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved
The Kentucky Derby runs tomorrow. As you prep yourself with refreshing adult beverage make sure to reread and share Hunter S. Thompson’s seminal article, and Ralph Steadman’s illustrations, on the event.
ESPN’s Grantland republishes it — with light commentary — here.
The Huffington Post and Politico were among this year’s recipients. The Pale King, David Foster Wallace’s posthumously arranged novel, was a finalist for the Fiction award.