one year later

A year ago, a graduate student at the University of Missouri began a hunger strike. He told me about it. I broke the story. Soon it was national news. Anniversaries are a time when people reflect. I could write that post, reflecting on what it was like to report on a man who stopped eating. What it was …

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juxtaposition

"In her 1977 collection of essays, 'On Photography,' Susan Sontag identified a feeling of helpless voyeurism that comes over us as we look at photographs of people in the midst of conflict. She also wrote about how repeatedly seeing such images could anesthetize the vision and deaden the conscience. Sontag understood photographs of conflict to …

lately

Things that are difficult: Keeping your mouth shut when your political views on a topic are just begging to be shared with the whole world. You're a journalist, Kasia. People can dismiss your credibility if you have an opinion, even if it's backed by evidence. People don't listen, not really. They divide the world into …

re: jian ghomeshi

Having a stressful day? Easy relief: switch on NPR. Listening to the familiar voices of Garrison Keillor or Terry Gross or Ira Glass is comforting, even ritualistic. Radio is made up of disembodied voices, free from the faults that come with being human. This is Jian Ghomeshi, one of those radio hosts. He hosts--excuse me, used to …

sourcing: a dance

Start the waltz with a phone call, maybe an email. The first steps: Sometimes with a secretary  sometimes with a voicemail, and sometimes "I am currently out of the office" automatic reply. Follow up, follow up, follow up. Finally, reach the source--the first twirl. "When can we meet? Are you available today or tomorrow?" "Oh, you …

linguistic weapons: ISIS, ISIL, IS or Daesh?

France, always the blazing non-conformist, has recently decided to stop calling ISIS by the name ISIS... or ISIL, or the Islamic State. Instead, its foreign minister recently announced that the French government would begin calling the group "Daesh." Why am I writing about this? A great question, my Discerning Reader. Here's the reason: words matter, and …