“What these guys realize is that you can dig up all of this negative information, but if it’s coming from a Romney press release about Gingrich, let’s say, it’s going to have a lot less gravity with people than if it comes out in a newspaper like The New York Times or it comes out on MSNBC or CNN. So a lot of what the opposition research is about is getting the information to reporters, getting them to report it, and putting the imprimatur of an objective outlet around it. So this is the warfare that’s going on between these campaigns.”—Joe Hagan on how opposition researchers use the media to influence negative ads.
“I consider the first 20 performances just learning the piece. Think about it this way: If you think about a pianist who plays a Schubert sonata through his whole lifetime — if you listen to Rubenstein or Horowitz playing their repertoire later in their life, you understand the richness with which they play that music, and how differently they must have played it when they were younger. … I think it’s only after about 20 performances that we begin to understand what the dynamic structure of the piece is.”—Philip Glass on repetition. Philip Glass on repetition.
I gave a talk at my college newspaper last night about interviewing and ethics. A lot of the people at the talk had questions relating to journalism careers and social media. I sent them a list of links this morning and thought I would share them here too. Does anyone have any other ones to suggest?
I use Media Gazer to keep on top of media stories (a good way to learn about job openings is to read about when people have moved on…) I also have a twitter search for ‘public media’ AND ‘jobs.’ You can substitute ‘newspaper’ or ‘magazine’ for public media, obviously. @nprjobs posts all of the npr-related jobs. Lots of people post about jobs on Twitter so follow journalists you admire and you’ll start to see some job postings.
I keep Twitter keyword trackers (in Tweetdeck) and Google News Alerts for keywords associated with my show. If you have a beat, creating a keyword tracker for your beat + Philadelphia will result in many helpful tips.
This is a cool site from the WSJ which just shows you top headlines. You can change the order (I think the WSJ is first because they made it.)
CJR tracks media stories. A good overview of what’s going on in the biz.
This is just a *really* nice way to display clips online.
If you use any other sites, please let me know. Obviously, this is just a sampling to get them started. (Many were freshman and eager to get involved in journalism.)
“I think our show avoids that because it has a slow pace, and it lasts for a drawn out amount of time. It’s not edit-edit-edit, scene shift scene shift. It’s a genuine conversation. I think it’s the opposite of Twitter in that sense. But, preparing for the guests brings about a sense of too much information. We walk around feeling like we’ve been totally overloaded. The producers and I often joke about the stuff we’ve learned and the things we’ll never remember.”—Terry Gross, in an interview with BrightestYoungThings, talking about Fresh Air and informational overload.
On that one quote about what Stew encountered when he went to Europe, what country was he in? Just thought I'd ask, because I lived in Germany for 4 years from 2006-2009 and it wasn't like that at all. When I was in Germany, it was a bit of a mix between the 80's and now. But I enjoyed living in Germany all the same. :)
It was Germany and also the Netherlands but he was there pre-Internet. I think early 90s.
“I have a friend who reads the obituaries looking for fresh widowers before someone else gets to them. And all she requires is a penis and a pulse.”—Hilma Wolitzer’s finely observed comedy of manners follows the romantic misadventures of recently widowed 62-year-old Edward Schuyler, who reenters the dating pool with a splash.
“They would assume immediately that you were from the hood. And the hood, in their mind, was a compilation of every single cop show, action movie that they’d ever seen in their lives. All these things were expected of us, like we would be great dancers. You would go to a discotheque and people would immediately form like a circle around us. And I’m like, ‘I’m not going to do anything worth watching. Stop looking at me. Just let me dance and not be looked at.’”—Stew, On What Was Projected Onto Him When He Went To Europe
“You can’t explain why you like something. The bigger question for me was always to the people asking me to explain. [I’d say], ‘Why don’t you want to hear this?’ I love finding out why people don’t love things. And if you ask people why they don’t like things, particularly when they get into this sort of culture box, you find out that they’re not liking things because of what people are going to think about them, and not because of what the things actually sound like.”—Stew, on how people like music or don’t like music because they think other people think they should like or dislike it.
“You know, it really got me when people would come by and would tell me stories about narrowly missing being killed in an accident. And they’d say, ‘But my guardian angel protected me.’ And I just wanted to slam the door in their face and walk out. Because I thought, ‘Where was Denny’s guardian angel the night of Feb. 6?’ ”—Dennis Apple and his wife, Buelah, came to StoryCorps to talk about their son Denny. Nearly 21 years ago, Denny came down with mononucleosis. Before going to bed one night, he took some medicine, and talked about where he wanted to sleep. He never woke up.
“In almost every recession and economic downturn that we have had in this country, some stimulus effort in some way was tried. And the idea is the government has the ability that maybe the private sector doesn’t have: to borrow money and stimulate the economy. You spend money on food stamps and infrastructure projects, and that will pay off because people now have money in their pockets that they can spend somewhere else. So you get this multiplier effect, that one dollar creates more economic output.”—ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell on the 2009 stimulus, the biggest economic recovery plan in history.
“You look at all these major programs in history — the moon race, the Manhattan Project, the WPA — the stimulus was bigger than all of these things. And so it begs the question: what did we accomplish with all of this money?”—On today’s Fresh Air, ProPublica investigative reporter Michael Grabell explains how the stimulus plan became what he calls “one of the most reviled pieces of legislation in recent memory.”
This is my last Terry/Colbert related post but this a) is so ridiculously hilarious and b) unbelievable that I had to share. Shortly after the show ended last night, these were the trending topics on Twitter.
I guess that’s what they mean by the Colbert Bump. I also want to say how much I enjoyed meeting everyone who works at Colbert. The producers, host and staff members who work on the show are really class acts. Nice, funny, gracious and creative people. I had a great time watching the taping and also learning how their show works behind the scenes. (Thanks Monica!)
“#freshaironcolbert”—If you’d like to join in our discussion about Terry’s appearance tonight on Colbert, this is the Twitter hashtag to use. I’ll be updating from the @nprfreshair account and my own personal @mkramer account. Okay, off to NYC. See ya, Internet.