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Paying for Print (sorta)

February 25, 2009

Ever since deciding I should contribute financially to the journalism world I enjoy daily, I’ve been debating and considering various publications over the last few months. Of course, my top pick was the New York Times, the paper I read near-daily either in print or online (mostly online), and the local choice of the Arizona Republic (after EV Tribune became free). I was also thinking of USA Today mostly because they don’t have a costly Sunday edition with loads of adverts I don’t need, and they had an introductory rate that was highly appeasing.

However, when I finally had the financial stability to pay for such a thing, that introductory rate disappeared for a much longer option, and I struggled with whether I wanted to just read the news or actually be challenged by it, which USA Today unfortunately doesn’t do. It was an option, but a backburner one. Then, while looking at the Republic, there was only one solid subscription: Sunday – Saturday. It’s not that I don’t read parts of a paper everyday, but factoring in cost, the amount of time I have to read it, and how annoying it is to try to recycle in my complex, I can’t justify a full-week subscription filled with some local/national/world news and a bunch of fluff.

So, my initial pick seemed to be my best choice. The Times offered multiple types of subscriptions, and best of all, as I was reading Kristof’s blog, he mentioned the paper’s digital reader, TimesReader.


It’s available on limited access for free, or $15/mo for the whole paper. It seemed the Mac version gave me the full Reader for free, but I mostly read at work anyway (on a PC, which is definitely limited.) You can click through the articles, print/email/save articles, heading links dim once they’ve been read, & syncs with the NYT server throughout the day.

In the end, I signed up at the introductory Sunday-only sub for 12 weeks, which gave me the full TR for free, after which point I’ll just go solely TR. (The price was a little cheaper for the intro, but double after that 12-week period. Yeah.) I doubt the NYT is seriously going anywhere this century over the lesser established dailies, so I doubt my money really helps. But if keeps Nicholas Kristof heading overseas and Frank Rich‘s weekly 1500, I’m happy to contribute. Pass on Ms. Dowd.

Recent (or recently-read) selected interviews

February 5, 2009

5 Year old Oscar interviewing Chelsea & England captain, John Terry:

Oscar: Um, sometimes things are scary. What do you do when you get scared?
JT: Oh, when I get scared – we all get scared a little bit sometimes, don’t we? I’ve got children, and sometimes I hold their hand and tell them I’m not scared, but I am really, but I try and be there for them, so they don’t get scared. When I was little, I didn’t like being left on my own in the dark.
Dad [To Oscar]: Do you get scared of the dark?
Oscar: No!
JT: No, he’s too big for that. Are you scared of spiders?
Oscar: No… but I don’t like spiders.

Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel interviewing Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard:

“You learn a lot about people in those times. [emblematic former Chelsea manager] Jose Mourinho texting me every day; [interim Chelsea first team coach post-JM] Avram Grant was so clever and kind; people who were not in my life suddenly appeared, and in a good way. Fans, too, from places like Liverpool and West Ham, who generally don’t like me, writing letters. That really touched me. We get caught up in the rivalry, then something like this happens and you realise it is all bullshit. None of it matters.”

Freelance writer Marissa Moss interviewing singer/songwriter/awesomebadass (and house favorite) Ted Leo:

Do you think it’s the musician’s place, especially one in the public eye, to speak about and engage youth culture and activism via their work?

Absolutely. Is there a place? There certainly is. It blows my mind when people suggest that there isn’t. It’s not as if art in general doesn’t have a millennial history of exactly this sort of thing- the idea that anyone, a musician, should stick to pure entertainment is ridiculous. It’s absolutely fine if that’s what a particular artist wants to do, gods knows there is also certainly a place for the songs. But there’s plenty of immediate social commentary in Dante, and that’s going way back…there are a lot of people who just say “shut up and sing.” But the idea that art should somehow be separated from commentary is completely ridiculous….

Long Overdue “Hey, 2009!” Link Post

February 1, 2009

NPR’s Race & Politics in Europe

January 22, 2009

Last week, NPR’s Morning Edition did a really interesting 3-part focus on race & politics a few European countries, including how their current situations or notions of equality might be effected by America’s election of its first biracial president. I think I personally get caught up in America’s race relations that I forget it’s not an American problem.

Germany: “Calling me ‘of migrant descent’ is a subtle way to separate me from them. It’s discrimination,” he says. “I was born here, so why do people tell me I am disadvantaged just because my grandparents were migrants? Maybe I am not a pure German, so call me a new German.”

Italy: “The language Italians hear from the mass media and politicians is disparaging about ‘the Other.’ One Northern League minister calls Africans ‘bingo bongos.’ Roma people — or gypsies, as they’re sometimes called — are often depicted on television as kidnappers of white children. And Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made international headlines after Barack Obama was elected U.S. president by describing him as young and ‘tanned.'”

France: “It is tough here for all minorities. They don’t beat us, but they insult us. They show disdain for us. This is perhaps even worse than being beaten, this sense of not being welcome, not accepted. We fight against this…”

Photographing a future American President

January 20, 2009

Members of the press fill the seats at the back of the Obama campaign plane.

Members of the press fill the seats at the back of the Obama campaign plane.

TIME magazine recently put up a feature gallery of the best photographs their photographers have captured of President Obama, some of which are very telling. I really liked the above shot of the press corp and the things they chose to put up all over the cabin. Many of these, I’m sure, are the work of staff photographer, Callie Shell, whose work was also featured recently in the October 2008 issue of Digital Journalist.