1. The Mating Call of Roger Goodell — Or, What’s Really Happening to Sports Journalism Today | Ordinary Times

    The real purpose of sports journalism over my adult life hasn’t been to perform journalism. It’s been to act as the PR arm of businesses sports journalism needed to succeed in order to make money for sports journalism.
  2. a self-perpetuating cycle can come into play, at least in legacy companies. Men are in charge, and are more likely to promote other men. Women see fewer women rising to top jobs and grow more likely to leave journalism. Thus, fewer women are around to apply for those promotions. Men become even more likely to promote other men to both the most important posts in the business and the jobs that serve as steps toward them.
  3. katherinestasaph:

    • Sandra Trim da Costa, Miles Davis’ publicist (facilitating an interview)
    • Taylor Swift (being interrupted by Kanye)
    • Rihanna (being abused; using social media)
    • Miley Cyrus (making better music as Hannah Montana — interesting, if they mean it, but a tangent — becoming Miley2K3)
    • Madonna (getting sub-Facebook-posted by deadmau5, “[representing] everything awful about the commercial music industry and celebrity industrial complex”)
    • Paris Hilton (being tweeted about by deadmau5)
    • Ronnie Spector (being abused)
    • Kim Kardashian (being married to Kanye)
    • Laura Palmer (a fictional character)
    • Britney Spears (marrying Kevin Federline)
    • Bianca Jagger (apocryphically riding a white horse into Studio 54)
    • Blondie (is a band, but at this point I’ll count it; making “extremely satisfying uptempo songs)

    Aside from Trim da Costa, who’s referred to periodically doing publicist stuff, and Miley Cyrus, who gets a couple sentences, everyone here is an offhand mention. 

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  4. There is a ton of sociology packed into what happened on that elevator. Domestic violence, women’s rights, gender and power are at the top of the list. That’s not my beat. But the way in which the media contribute to our slavish worship and adolescent emulation of the men who play and run professional football is my concern as a media critic. So is the role media can play in public shaming. I think members of the local media need to all look in the mirror today and do a gut check on how they reported and analyzed the Rice story. Really, if you have any integrity, you need to do it — especially if your station or you are somehow financially connected to the Ravens.
  5. The Invisible Latina

    A friend and I were driving down a street where a building had just been demolished. “What used to be there?” he asked. It was impossible to conjure up. It struck me that that is what my existence is like, and that of my mother, my sister and my daughter. Invisibility in the media makes it impossible for others to conjure up what we could possibly be doing with our lives, what we could possibly look like. And if we are doing something “unexpected” it is because there is something “exceptional” about us. This is not some strange multigenerational coincidence, this whitewashing of who we and others are is the history of our country.
  6. Though I usually get my news from a variety of sources, including Facebook and Twitter, this is the first time that I’ve felt that the internet alone is my most, no my only, suitable option for knowing the entirety of a story.
  7. As I’ve previously explained, none of these Sunday shows get impressive ratings as a general rule. And that’s because their audience is basically limited to three groups of people: Beltway insiders, really old people, and people who have become immobilized on a semi-permanent basis and are thus unable to reach their remote controls and change the channel.
    A New Host On ‘Meet The Press’ Isn’t Going To Solve Its Problems

    Also a good number of people who might possibly watch are at church… it is on Sunday morning, after all.
  8. therumpus:

    We’re beyond bummed to let you know that Roxane Gay is leaving the Rumpus to focus on other endeavors (like her two new books, the recent novel An Untamed State and the imminently forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist). Roxane is as much a part of the site as anyone, and we hope she won’t be stranger around here.

    Luckily, she’s leaving us in good hands. We’re happy to welcome Mary-Kim Arnold as our new Essays Editor! You can get to know Mary-Kim on tumblrtwitterfacebook, and instagram—and of course, here on the Rumpus.

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  9. "The vast majority of the people here do not take the warnings seriously because it’s not clear where they are supposed to evacuate to," [NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin] said.
  10. journosofcolor:

    Hey all! We’re Heben and Tracy, writers at BuzzFeed.

    The recent appointment of Emma Carmichael as Jezebel’s new editor in chief — over longtime deputy editor Dodai Stewart has prompted many conversations about what it’s like to be a writer/editor of color in the already precarious world of journalism.

    The world of New York/coastal media is elite and insular — but for journalists of color around the country who are outside the curtain, we think it would be helpful for them (and us) to share with them our thoughts on and frustrations (and inspirations) with our profession.

    We want you to contribute to a BuzzFeed post rounding up advice from prominent journalists of color that’s directed at up-and-coming writers and editors of color.”

     1. What advice would you give to young/new journalists who are just starting in the field?

     2. What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you first started?

     3. And this great question from Anna Holmes’ Bookends column: Is there anything you did as a writer starting out that you now regret?

     To be clear, your answers do not have to be explicitly about the Jezebel thing; we’re aiming for a much bigger, broader discussion.

     We’d like to get a solid paragraph from you, but you should definitely feel free to go longer. We’re more than happy to keep your identity anonymous if you choose; we don’t want to put anyone in any sticky situations in this already sticky world of journalism. At the very least, we’d like to include your role at your publication (or whether you’re a freelancer) and a general sense of whether you work online or in print or on broadcast primarily. Email these responses to heben@buzzfeed.com or tracy.clayton@buzzfeed.com by EOD Friday.

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