Created Reflected


Over the last few weeks, the writing stuff got a little hectic and surreal. I contributed to a piece in the Guardian, had another piece cited by the New York Times, and then had a NY State Assemblyman chase me down to correct a misquote in the Wall Street Journal.

In the spirit of making sure I keep tabs on all of this, I’ve thrown together a quick clippings page. It’s not every last thing I’ve written, just the posts of significance or things I liked.

Debated Puzzled Over

Journalistic Integrity

Let me see if I’ve got this “how to be a journalist” thing straight.

You go to a message board and post something laughably stupid, like “is Obama too skinny to be president?

> Does anyone out there think Barack Obama is too thin to be president? Anyone having a hard time relating to him and his “no excess body fat”? Please let me know. Thanks!

You get a brilliantly articulate response from “onlinebeerbellygirl”, who has never posted anywhere else on those forums and seemingly just registered that day:

> Yes I think He is to skinny to be President.Hillary has a potbelly and chuckybutt I’d of Voted for Her.I won’t vote for any beanpole guy.

You think, “JACKPOT!”:

> Love your response and your username (onlinebeerbellygirl). Would you mind shooting me an email so I can ask you a few more quesitons? My email is Thanks so much!

Then you cite this as “research” or a “source” in your shitty article in the Wall Street Journal on the same topic:

> But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama’s skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.
> …
>”I won’t vote for any beanpole guy,” another Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board.

And that’s journalism, right?

Mighty tip of the hat to Sadly, No! for digging this one out.


I May Already Be A Winner

Remember those photos I took the day of the British Consulate bombing?
The day I took them, I was relatively happy with the distribution the photos saw – got used a couple of times on Gothamist, got a lot of views on Flickr, etc. On the advice of Suw, I also uploaded them to NowPublic and attached them to the breaking news about the bombing. I haven’t had a lot of time to play with NowPublic as of yet, but from what I saw of it, it was interesting.

I just received notification from Michael Tippett, who runs the site – apparently they have a contest going on for Citizen Photojournalism. And they just announced the first week results.

I apparently won.

I find it very strange to wrap my head around the fact that some pictures I took on a whim have earned me $100, but hey, I’m not complaining! Here’s to hoping I pull through for the $500 grand prize.