April 16, 2013
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April 15, 2013 |
The South Florida Sun Sentinel was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism Monday for its investigation of off-duty police officers who endangered the lives of citizens by speeding. The newspaper, owned by Tribune Co., started its investigation after an off-duty Miami police officer was pulled over by a Florida state trooper for driving 120 mph in fall 2011. The resulting three-part series, "Above the Law," found that accidents caused by officers driving at high speeds - in many cases when off duty - caused at least 320 crashes since 2004, killing or maiming 21 people.
April 5, 2013 |
It's hard to sum up one man's achievements in any article or post. It's even harder if that man is Roger Ebert, who in no particular order was critic, TV personality, social-media guru, blogger, scholar, screenwriter and advocate. Still, there are some very quantifiable ways that Ebert, who died Thursday at age 70, changed film and film journalism. That's true in very noticeable realms -- reviewing and supporting movies, and adding a remarkable voice to the criticism canon -- but in more subtle ones as well.
April 3, 2013 |
Big and beefy with a scraggly beard, Shane Smith looks more like an aging roadie than a thrill-seeking foreign correspondent or a budding media mogul. But Smith is both those things. Vice Media Group, the company Smith co-founded and is chief executive of, has gone from a single magazine aimed at tattooed teeny-boppers to a media empire with more than 30 offices around the globe, a large digital presence, a record label, an advertising agency and a book publisher. The closely held Vice is projected to hit nearly $200 million in revenue this year and has a valuation approaching $1 billion, according to people close to the company.
March 20, 2013 |
The longlist for the Orwell Prize , Britain's prestigious award for political writing, was announced Wednesday. Fourteen journalists and 12 books are in the running for investigations on subjects including Starbucks, torture, death row and the lives of the super-rich. The prize is awarded in two categories -- books and journalism -- for works that reflect George Orwell's ambition to "make political writing into an art. " This means, as...
March 11, 2013 |
E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" is a runaway bestseller, a titillating tale of love, sex and bondage, and an inspiration to women around the world. Although James' publisher, Vintage, has steered clear of the fur-lined-handcuff business, it can reach out to her readers in other ways. Lo, "Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal)," announced Monday. "Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess" is to be published May 1 and is a writer's journal, seeded with quotes and inspiration from James' trilogy.
March 7, 2013 |
PHOENIX - I write this column with a headache. I went to a meeting of the SABR Analytics Conference here Thursday night. The throbbing may never stop. SABR stands for Society for American Baseball Research. It is basically an organization that turns a child's game into calculus. A huge room at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the downtown campus of Arizona State was nearly full, so my cynicism must be misplaced. Picture a room with Billy Beane and 300 of his closest friends.
February 13, 2013 |
A glittering modern media school is being erected at USC in a building carefully designed to resemble a stately 19th century college edifice. The new five-story home for the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism will be made of steel and concrete but swathed in a brick veneer intended to evoke the historic halls many Americans associate with academia. Known as Collegiate Gothic, the architecture style inspired by medieval churches dates to the 1870s in the U.S. with the appearance of two Gothic-inspired halls at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
February 9, 2013 |
MIAMI - The dust certainly didn't settle after the Lakers eked out a victory against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, not when Dwight Howard's father injected himself into his son's awkward relationship with Kobe Bryant . The elder Howard said his son needed to sit down with Bryant to hash out their differences. He also said Coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't being assertive enough to handle the situation. Bryant's response? Enough already. "Honestly, I'm done talking about it. There's nothing to talk about.
February 2, 2013 |
The gig: Steve Pezman and his wife, Debbee, quit key roles at Surfer magazine in 1992 to try to create a National Geographic for wave-riding grown-ups. As other surf pubs focus on big-bucks competitions and apparel ads, the Surfer's Journal still runs long stories and lavish photo spreads celebrating surf history, lore and lifestyle. Published six times annually, sold in surf shops for $15.95 a pop and to subscribers for $63 a year, the magazine runs just six ads in each 128-page edition.