October 12, 2011
You likely saw the quirky signs and heard some protesters talk about how they would just as soon disband the government. Then a reporter dutifully informed you that these people had gathered en masse but didn't really know what they wanted. Some in the crowd sure looked silly, even a little crazy.
September 24, 2011
With the continued shrinkage of audiences for local TV, some news executives seem to grasp for viewers with a single imperative: "Just try something." Make a newscast look or feel different and maybe people won't notice what's missing, like, say, a complete team of reporters, original stories and coverage that goes more than skin deep.
August 3, 2011
Alan Rusbridger, editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper, would never let one of his writers get away with the cliche, but when the history of the Guardian is written it really wouldn't be much of a stretch to say these have been the best of times and....
March 26, 2011
The headliners were four New York Times journalists who survived nearly a week of beatings, threats and the unknown. They wrote an account about the savage and terrifying ordeal they endured as captives of the ragtag irregulars who now make up the Libyan army.
March 9, 2011
The two guys who headline public radio's long-running show on "science, wonder and discovery" can't wait for their first national tour. Declares Jad Abumrad, the hipster and technical whiz: "We're going to have the full-on groupies and the destroyed hotel rooms. Everything." Rejoins his mike-mate, one-time ABC television science reporter Robert Krulwich: "I'm looking more for the wrapped fruit."
February 16, 2011
I've been wondering for a couple of years whether someone would bring Los Angeles the kind of not-for-profit news website that has popped up in cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Austin and Chicago.
September 4, 2010
For The Record
July 21, 2010
Several hundred citizens of Bell pressed toward the front door of City Hall this week, shouting and chanting with an indignation that did the heart good.