Pretty much every solution we have seen for investigative reporting over the last five years has been about non-profits. The argument has been that private money will not fund investigative reporting, so philanthropy has to step in.The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Andrew Donohue • Discussing the current status of investigative journalism. Donohue’s point is taken into sharp relief by Pierre Omidyar’s decision to fund Glenn Greenwald’s journalism startup for $250 million—a sum that instantly puts the paper in the league of The Washington Post, a product that the eBay founder almost bought himself before Jeff Bezos swooped in. The Guardian, where Greenwald has worked in recent years, has a great profile on Omidyar.
The attacks against the Guardian by both the government and representatives of the British press are unacceptable. What the Guardian is doing is both brave and important for our democracies. We fully support the paper.Dagens Nyheter (Sweden) editor-in-chief Peter Wolodarski says on The Guardian’s work in recent events, along with other journalists and editors of international papers.
spryfry says: Where did you go to school? What did you want to be when you were a kid?
» SFB says: I thought I was going to program video games for a living, but a funny thing happened on the way there—I started writing for video game sites (most notably the old-school gaming site Zophar’s Domain) and realized that I really liked writing. So my first semester at Saginaw Valley State University, I dropped out of my computer science class. Then I eventually transferred to Michigan State University to major in journalism. The funny part of all this is, other than Dots, I don’t play video games anymore. — Ernie @ SFB
megh-intransit says: What advice would you give a recent college graduate about looking for jobs in the world of news and social media? Are they destined to flop finding a career or is this type of platform something that will continue to grow?
» SFB says: Side projects are essential. They show initiative and prove that you can step up. Be willing to put the work in on your own to show you can do it, then use it as a starting point to take things even further. Fill out your portfolio with the outside-of-work stuff and you’ll stand out. — Ernie @ SFB