purejuice: (KWRK)
Here's another question for you. Is it ethical for reporters to serve on the boards of any but professional journalism organizations?

Would this include, for example the Humane Society? PETA? Save the Children? Slow Food USA? Save Darfur?

The United Way? Red Crescent? The Newpaper Guild? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility? MoveOn?

Isn't serving on the board of a professional journalism organization political advocacy?

Should a reporter give them money?

(This is not a trick question. I've been getting reality checks from reporter buds on the KWRK sitch. They agree that I have no use for community journalism without a political agenda is the signal for a reporter to bail out, basically. They all also volunteered that they either did not register to vote while working as reporters, or registered as independents. I forgot to ask if they served on boards or gave money to charities. Would you employ a reporter who gave money to the Red Cross? Doctors without Borders? Anything with "peace" or "justice" or "organizing" in its title?)
purejuice: (KWRK)
So I have
  • located the national expert and
  • the alleged local expert on internet libel law for my
  • KWRK presentation at the media conference in July
  • responded with a Yes to the founding mother of genocide studies to archive the newsletter for $25 an hour
  • applied for another job (one a week since February)
  • must run through my Bloomsday celebration reading from Finnegan's Wake for a rehearsal tomorrow, which is alleged to be in my mother tongue but dang
  • prepare for mystic crystal revelation study class tonite with the Rev. Chix-on-Top, we'll see how that goes
  • iron the Pillow Talk Room curtains
  • call H the OCD yard man
  • discern what the problem is with the Girl Cave Room curtains and solve it
  • wash the kitchen floor
  • bleach and wash whites.
purejuice: (KWRK)
Yesterday and today worked on curriculum for community journalism program KWRK is mounting. I couldn't understand why every one they named as potential customers for the class were all hippie dippie pinko progressives, and all the issues were peace rallies, the homeless, and the espaldas mojadas. I kept saying it's not news. Can't we have a value neutral community journalism gene pool? Finally I realized they keep pushing a progressive agenda not just because they're communists, but because literally the mainstream media here do not cover demonstrations of 20,000 people. Asked why, the assignment editors of the local TV stations say, to a man, It's not my demographic. A Columbia Journalism Review article rating local media found ABQ's in last place.

So dang. Anyway, today I gave them the names ranks and serial numbers of people who would make superb community journalists given a flip cam and a little training:
  • state wide public health nurses, who are everywhere and know everything as they, unlike doctors, make house calls and may be the coolest people on the planet
  • school board members state wide, ditto
  • the League of Women Voters, who are pretty much spin free, watch the legislature like vultures, and are always looking for the Next Big Thing
  • every name and contact info of the Indian health care bureaucracy, who like the public health nurses know everything and are everywhere
  • and the board of the local Theravada Buddhist wat, which is the social welfare center for all things Southeast Asian, including folk medicine, divination, shamanist contacts, and the secret reason Asian immigrants get ahead: tong tinsetc..

I need to give them my colcha embroidery listserv contact as they're much interested in penetrating the closed and shy and haughty Hispano community which has been here since like 1514. The colcha embroidery woman gave me a business card which has her name on it, and the phrase, 16th generation New Mexican underneath it. They're huge racists and hemophiliacs and conversos and penitentes, fabulous in every way.

Today I'm doing digital searchable notes on the journalism textbook recommended by my ancient friend who is now a j school professor. God it's boring.

I also made sublime baked custard out of homegrown eggs that Mrs. Roper's daughter gave me. Mrs. Roper is having her knees replaced and her daughter, who lives at Macondo's ground zero in the untouched south valley by the Rio Grande in an adobe built by her husband's grandpa that none of us are allowed to visit (I suspect some medicinal herbs might be growing in the back yard), leaving Mr. Roper, who is an old Okie with dementia they still let drive his truck around and drink beer, to fend for himself. So we all pitched in and cooked for Mr. Roper and his daughter and son-in-law, who are keeping Mr. Roper company.

The baked custard is God's own eats and really is the only thing you should do with homegrown eggs. Their yolks are orange and like three inches high. Yum.
purejuice: (KWRK)
[profile] panjianlien is recounting, in locked entries, jaw-dropping examples of the incompetence and arrogance of Suzy Creamcheese. I think over-mediation, masquerading as white privilege, and the consequent disappearance of communitarianism, competence, commitment, and punctuality is the problem. I don't think defining what is news and what isn't for a community journalism class can solve this overwhelming problem, but it is what I can do.

Mediated, by Thomas de Zengotita )
purejuice: (KWRK)
As one of the last living people who reached the age of 18 without watching television -- I grew up abroad, and when we returned to the U.S. my parents took pride in not having it -- I am interested in how it has formed reality, at least in what people think is "the news", in the last 50 years. Helping to write the curriculum for the community journalism class at KWRK has set me to thinking about how twisted the notion of the news is -- one fairly well educated member of the curriculum committee actually believes that progressive photo ops are much more newsworthy than regressive photo ops, and believes the function of the community journalism class is to train drones for coverage of same such as the totally lame "rally" in solidarity with Madison, of which the importance is to upload footage to go with other footage from all over the country in a show of populist muscle which is in fact, the same smoke and blue mirrors that persuades people they have actually participated in the world of political agency -- Come on, kids, let's put on a play! A revolution is not a mosh pit.

Let's not. Let's take the motherfuckers down. I have to go read some more de Zengotita about mediation. It's a philosophical concept, as [personal profile] oneroom informs me, which as I am a bear of Very Little Brain these days, I'll have to let you all debate among yourselves. In the meantime, please amuse yourselves by reading this and telling me what it means.

How the Internet Changed the Way We Think )
purejuice: (KWRK)
The comandante thinks that the Giffords attempted assassination is the first shot of the Civil War. This will culminate in the dissolution of the United States into four separate regional countries -- no, five, with New Mexico retaining its oil reserves and its nukes to become an independent nation with good resources naturally inclined and postioned to partner with central and south America as trade and alliance partners.

Macondo, a nuclear power? Watch out, Texas. Cover 'em up if you got 'em. You been guzzlin' our water way too long.
purejuice: (KWRK)
I know you were wondering what possible culture could produce Stern, Imus, and their devil spawn, Limbaugh?

Answer: radio. The broadcast industry is feudal in its values, along with its drive to create "news" which sustains 40 per cent profit margins. A biography of the truly talented Katie Couric, who did sleep around to get ahead, attests to this, along with nearly 50 years of my personal experience. I got out early and into newspapers, where we actually sued a Great Metropolitan Daily Newspaper for sex discrimination and won because newspapers are just as corrupt but with Ivy League manners.

I'd forgotten how bad it is and how appalling sexual harassment raises its head in every generation. This is the story of what happened to the Chicago Tribune after a bunch of radio execs were given the run of the place.

Mr. Abrams, who describes himself as an “economic dunce,” was made Tribune’s chief innovation officer in March 2008. In his new role, he peppered the staff with stream-of-consciousness memos, some of which went on for 5,000 typo-ridden, idiosyncratic words that left some amused and many bewildered.

“Rock n Roll musically is behind us. NEWS & INFORMATION IS THE NEW ROCK N ROLL,” he wrote in one memo, sent in 2008. He expressed surprise that The Los Angeles Times reporters covering the war in Iraq were actually there.


This is one reason the Fairness Doctrine really needs to be restored, not that fairness will ensue but to provide these assholes with a clue.

Women at the Trib didn't sue for sexual harassment because EEOC suits are the kiss of death for future employment. (At the Great Metro Daily, we filed a class action suit.)

This is the 21st century, not the 12th.

My super at KWRK, the old hippie, came back from a week of silent meditation at the Vallecitos Buddhist retreat for activists. He said his first sensation on re-entering society was "It's all bullshit. All this is bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit."

I told him I was totally there and had to get a grip on my manners to keep from waving my finger in the air and shouting repent.

This long story about the takeover of a Chicago newspaper occurs to me on the same day I'm staring out the window and thinking, is Rahm Emmanuel so provincial that he thinks running for mayor of Chicago is better than being Obama's right hand guy? Is Obama so provincial that he.....oh nevermind.

The path gets narrower. Repent.


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