The Present, Past, and Future of Foreign Reporting

Many moons ago, it is said there was a magical time when million dollar bureaus, private planes, fancy dinners, cigar smoking in corner offices, security details, and even tanks (at least according to a former news magazine editor I had breakfast with) were de rigueur for any news reporting outlet worth it’s salt. This was in an age where millions of people had no choice but to pay for their news and advertisers no choice but to plead for people to buy their goods. What were people going to do? Steal newspapers? As we are all aware, those days are long gone thanks to the age of the Internet. Are we to just abandon all coverage of news that doesn’t happen in our backyard? Rely on those already sprawling wire services? Make partnerships with foreign news outlets? If you attended the well attended “What In The World?” panel at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute on Wednesday evening, none of these Plan Bs were even mentioned.

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Amy O’Leary of the New York Times moderated a panel featuring Louise Roug [Mashable], Miriam Elder [Buzzfeed,] and Jason Mojica [Vice News]. These are three of a group of up and coming media darlings that their peers can’t seem to stop talking about due to their relative success charting the way in the murky swamp that is digital news and, more importantly, revenue streams.

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Airbnb Worsens City’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Harlem Pols Say

Airbnb Worsens City’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Harlem Pols Say

CaptureClearly there needs to be a revamping of law. It’s only natural. New services pop up and take advantage of old laws. It’s always been this way. Lawmakers need to make sure that Airbnb protects users by making sure renters are following leases to prevent evictions. They need to pay taxes. Airbnb shouldn’t be dealing with supers or building managers who are hoarding apartments for their own benefit. This service can be of great benefit to users who need a little extra money to pay their rents. Not just in Harlem but all over New York. 

My first night back in New York

My first night out in lovely Harlem from a great vacation was the first time I have ever been threatened in my life. A man purporting to carry a gun and saying he just got out of a ten-year jail sentence asked me for train money. The first time, I gave him more money than I’ve ever given anyone in 6 years of living in New York. He then followed me again telling me what a “monkey ass” I was and how I should give him more. He needed $4, not $2.

I proceeded to give him more even as he continued to point to his “gun” and ask for only quarters. Thank god I had some dollar coins in there. I am so blessed to have exited this situation unharmed and only down 4 dollars. I hope I’m the last person he ever threatens like that if he did in fact just get out of jail. I hope he tries to straighten out his life. Most of all I hope he has a nice Christmas. I didn’t think to tell him that because I was too busy getting myself away from him.

After getting off at my stop on the train and almost ready to publish, I saw NYPD help a woman get her stroller up the stairs. Then I helped. Then someone else helped. Just goes to show what a city of contradictions this can be. I still love Harlem and I still love New York. I do not love how sweaty I am in December. Merry Christmas!

Past2Present: Protecting the Press

Past:
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free it expects what never was and never will be….The people cannot be safe without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe”. – Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816, Jefferson,The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia (1900) pp 605, 727

Present:
Bill to protect journalists clears Senate panel
The Senate Judiciary Committee approves a media shield bill to keep ‘real reporters’ from having to testify on their work.

shopping days

A good friend of mine recently re-ignited my love of thrift shopping. So much good stuff out there to be had! Today I stopped by Monk in the village by Washington Square Park after having Sha Thukpa at Cafe Himalaya and delicious Lemon Panna Cotta from Otto. Check out what I got!

IMG_00000075This is a pretty standard navy blue wool cardigan but the fun part is that the front and the elbow patches are grey suede! I immediately latched on to this and best of all? Sweaters were 50% off!

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And just for fun, I got these chrome sunglasses. These are going to be the best when I’m in Belize later this week!

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I also recently got a tuxedo jacket with tails and a fur wrap. Can not wait to rock these two together.