The world of Goldberg's internet is a weird and wild one, full of rumors and paranoia.
Florida has no monopoly on strange events, drug addiction, or mental illness, the lifeblood of the form. What it does have is strong public records laws that make obtaining mugshots and arrest reports easier than in many other states (including California and New York, which aren't known for their lack of eccentricity, either).
Of necessity, I had to undo a foundational teaching from my journalism education: be as specific as possible.
In retrospect, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti's March 2014 memo to staff, titled "Is History Repeating Itself?" reads like an extended challenge to the rule that every headline ending with a question mark can be answered with a "no."
If it were a relationship, we'd call it gaslighting, but it's a profession, so we call it PR.
While journalists reading the story were as riveted by the disclosures as anybody else, they also had an insider-media question: Why had the story run in The Atlantic at all?
Twenty years ago, when I was a senior editor at Premiere magazine, I worked with reporter John Connolly on "Flirting With Disaster," an article about sexual abuse and harassment involving powerful executives at New Line Cinema.
"Leserbindung," the bond between reader and journalist, is the value that Der Spiegel, the German weekly news magazine, now finds itself desperately trying to salvage.
The past and future of America's black press.
I pitched a story about an influential Brazilian painting to NPR. After listening to a work sample, my editor had reservations: "I worry that show producers might not like your accent," he wrote.
There is something awkward about this kind of racial census taking — journalism is difficult and our media outlets, we like to think, are staffed by people who have the skills to get the job done. This is often the case. But it leaves a question unasked: How many people who have the skills to do this work never even get the opportunity to try?
These fiction-based theories, many of which are developed on Reddit, are a vibrant part of modern fandom, and journalists recognize the appeal, traffic value, and occasional narrative insights these theories provide.
Over the past year of #MeToo revelations, first-person accounts by women have been mostly filtered through reporting. The same is true now, yet men's credibility rests on their own words.
On September 4th, a writer at The Outline, a news startup founded in 2016 by Joshua Topolsky, posted that she and several of her colleagues had suddenly been laid off, leaving the site with no staff writers whatsoever. This was met by expressions of sympathy from others in the media, but also an element of disbelief.
Tucker Carlson is shouting when he tells me he isn't shouting. The barrage of his voice has been relentless throughout the interview.
As daily newspapers cut and slashed personnel through the Great Recession (or closed completely), they also reduced their coverage of local government and public affairs on their perimeters and in their urban cores.
Many large organizations have aggressive or tightly-managed public relations strategies. But not all companies are the subject of an international data scandal, and not all companies are traveling throughout the United States, forging relationships with journalists in each of those markets.
Newsrooms should remember that virtual reality is by no means a catch-all for connecting with viewers and motivating action. Even inside virtual worlds, content is king.
The only sure thing about covering North Korea is this: The lead is always clear, the second sentence isn't.
What the assassination of a Bangalore journalist says about media complacency in the face of Hindu nationalism’s violent rise in India.