On Glenn Greenwald and questions with seemingly obvious answers
kyriarchy answered: jfc, why are you even entertaining the possibility?
» SFB says: To speak up for our new writer Patrick a second, let’s look at the thread. Everyone responded the same way, largely with strong passion, but across-the-board dismissal of the idea. And it led to some pretty good responses. There were some people who reflexively said no, with good reason—it seems preposterous that we’d send a journalist to jail, or charge them with a crime over something their source did! But there were also some people who said no, then explained why in thoughtful ways. That to me seems like a useful, important conversation, rather than simply just saying no. It’s one thing to have opinions. It’s another entirely to be able to defend those opinions well. (And to emphasize again, I didn’t write the post, and I already let you guys know my answer to this question the other day.) — Ernie @ SFB
1:45 // 5 months ago
whistlesays says: Ernie! I have so much to say! First - LOVE what you do on Short Form Blog. I get a lot of news from your blog alone sometimes. Second - I had no idea you're MSU alum and TBG alum! I just finished up as Editor in Chief this past year. Thanks for making that website in 2004! Third - love your piece on Medium. Finding paid work is such a huge issue that I'm right in the middle of. Just graduated, moving w/out a job, terrified. But I still have hope! Thanks for bringing up this subject - so needed.
Hey there! Great to hear from you. You know, here’s the thing that was great about The Big Green. When it launched, it was built essentially as a way to give folks who couldn’t get on at the SNews a chance to build bylines. And it worked! We built a pretty good foundation for it—Beth Desy had the foresight to launch it, but Sarah Hunko really laid the foundation to make it thrive and I helped on the design front.
The reason I wrote what I did is that I know it was a scary time for me as a student to not be sure if I’d be able to turn what I did into a career. But fortunately I was able. The best advice I can give is creativity, tenacity, and a willingness to stick your neck out there. SFB started as an effort to push my creative efforts out there, and it worked! For folks looking for a job, something like SFB is what I’d recommend. Not necessarily as a replacement for a job, but as a way to show that you’re a self-starter and can build (and more importantly, finish) things.
Thanks for the kind words about SFB and the Medium piece. It was nice to look back on those days even if they weren’t easy. Please let me know how things are going, and thanks for letting me know TBG was left in good hands!
Take it easy! :) —Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: I meant this to be a private response, but screw it, the advice is good. :)
0:42 // 5 months ago
“When he first started putting himself out there on social media around early 2011, I think that a lot of people really were drawn to him because his way of doing things was so unique at the time,” Mr. Smith said. “The way he handled himself as far as covering a news story: trying to put little pieces together and surfacing videos, surfacing photos, doing everything you could do to give you a much further in-depth level of understanding of what was happening.”
Mr. Keys’ method was characterized by speed and the ability to tweet for what seemed like days without stopping. On a social media supplement (PDF) to his resume posted on his website, he writes that during his coverage of the Japan tsunami, “for two days, I was the number one reporter on YouTube, beating out the Associated Press by hundreds of thousands of impressions.”
I’m quoted in this piece talking about Matt’s case and overall situation. I spoke favorably of him, particularly noting the role he played in our coverage of the Japan earthquake in early 2011. — Ernie @ SFB
20:08 // 6 months ago
Good to see my former Express co-worker Clinton Yates on this list. Smart guy and perhaps the best local tweeter in DC. — Ernie @ SFB
11:22 // 6 months ago