Today is the 150th birthday of Elizabeth Jane Seaman, née Cochran -- best known by her pen name Nellie Bly
. She is perhaps most famous for her re-creation of Jules Verne's epic Around the World in 80 Days
, but this real-life Phileas Fogg did it in a record-breaking 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes, and wrote a book
about her adventure. She was a pioneering investigative journalist, brave enough to get herself committed to an insane asylum to expose its practices, which resulted in the book Ten Days in a Mad-House
. As she wrote, "I was too impatient to work at the usual duties assigned women on newspapers." [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414
on May 5, 2014 -
Helen Mirren honestly appraises Hollywood at a rewards show earlier this month, but no one told you about it.
posted by parmanparman
on Dec 26, 2010 -
"The Remains of War"
is an article by Carolin Emcke
a journalist, political theorist and writer.
Since 2007 she has worked as an international reporter for the German weekly "Die Zeit”
Other than her last book, “Echoes of Violence
”; little of Emcke’s work has been translated into English from German. But Emcke, who has a doctorate in philosophy and is a war correspondent for Die Zeit, has begun posting translations
of her articles.
posted by adamvasco
on Mar 13, 2010 -
"I couldn't let these Klansmen get away with murder..." Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell has started a blog
focusing on cold case murders
of civil rights workers. In this Moth Podcast
, Mitchell discusses some of his investigations, the death threats he received, and the stunning redemption and forgiveness he witnessed. For his work Mitchell
was recently awarded
a MacArthur "Genius
" grant. [more inside]
posted by bguest
on Feb 15, 2010 -
H.A.R.O., or "Help A Reporter Out,"
is the brainchild of Peter Shankman (aka skydiver
on Twitter). Embracing the philosophy that "Everyone is an expert on something," HARO matches reporters and authors up with sources through the simple process of a sign-up form. Seems like a good match for all the experts here on MeFi. [more inside]
posted by misha
on Jun 18, 2008 -
Los Angeles Magazine asks, "Can the LA Times be saved?"
One suggestion is to hire Nikki Finke
, Hollywood's ultimate contrarian reporter
. Finke was canned in 2002 by the New York Post
over a series of articles critical of Disney. [1 2] She sued in response.
Shortly afterwards, she landed at the LA Weekly
, where she boasts an incredible archive of weekly columns
- recent entries include a quasi-defense of Mel Gibson
, coverage of Cruise versus Redstone
, and Michael Ovitz's gay problem
. On the side, she likes to bite people's heads off
, and reminisce about a New York that's now gone
. She now gets to let it all out on her own blog, Deadline Hollywood Daily
. [previously mentioned 1 2 3 4]
posted by phaedon
on Mar 20, 2007 -
Locked doors thwart escape. Irked by a reporter who told [Bush] he seemed to be "off his game" at a Beijing public appearance, President George W. Bush sought to make a hasty exit from a news conference but was thwarted by locked doors.
The look on his face
posted by SirOmega
on Nov 20, 2005 -
"Burning Down My Masters' House" Indeed!
Jayson Blair, noted fraud and liar, is about to be liquidated along with all of the other titles in New Millenium's catalog. The publisher of such quality books as "Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted" by Faye Resnick and "Burning Down My Master's House" by Jayson "Truth? We Don't Need No Stinking Truth" Blair.
Its not known if Blair's memoir had a specific hand in the demise of the publishing house but it couldn't have helped. Selling a whopping 1,386 copies through March 18th
Is there such a thing as the Anti-Midas Touch? Wherein, everything you touch turns from gold to lead or dust?
Continuing these threads
to their karmic conclusion.
posted by fenriq
on May 13, 2004 -
Boston Herald sports reporter outs himself
in print and asks why people in the world of sports still have to hide. Frankly, I'm out because I can't come up with a single logical reason why I should have denied myself the right to live and work as openly and freely as everyone else. Nor should anyone find a reason why an openly gay athlete should be denied the right to play a team sport without fear of becoming a target of prejudice or physical harm.
for more info on the subject, and an interesting pro and con
on whether gay baseball players should come out.
posted by amberglow
on Sep 30, 2003 -
From the secret world of the "black budget"
comes the story of a man who wants to know the truth about the army's research into anti-gravity technology and zero-point energy ("There's enough energy in your coffee cup to evaporate the world's oceans many times over."
). Is he a lunatic
? A "Ufologist
"? Nope, he's an award-winning defense and aerospace reporter for Jane's Defence Weekly
, the highly respected magazine on international military and policy issues. In fact, he says, the loonies may be right! He thinks there probably are saucerlike flying objects, but they're not alien, they're made in the USA (who got the technology from the Nazi's - who else?). He even goes so far as to suggest that the CIA has a program to discredit people who see UFO's. I like my stories rich, and this one is very
rich. (via Atlantic Unbound
posted by NekulturnY
on Sep 17, 2002 -
how's your news?
mine just got a lot better: camp counselor takes a team of adults with developmental disabilities on a cross-country road trip, conducting 'man on the street' interviews along the way. end product is a hilarious and very human non-exploitive
posted by mlang
on Jul 10, 2002 -
Newspapers fall short of diversity goal
: "The people who report for and edit the nation's newspapers look less like the people who make and read the news than a decade ago. If newspapers are a mirror that a community holds up to itself, the reflection is mostly white." Is it unfair to assume that a newspaper writer (or other media outlet) should share some sort of heritage in proportion to the population it covers to get the full feel of their stories? Or should it just be focused solely on merit without a cultural component?
posted by owillis
on Apr 24, 2002 -
The latest on the WSJ Reporter
... Damn. "The group that claims it has kidnapped a Wall Street Journal reporter in Pakistan has sent e-mail to news organisations threatening to kill him within 24 hours unless the U.S. government released Pakistani prisoners held in the Afghan war."
posted by MidasMulligan
on Jan 30, 2002 -
Nail. Head. Hit it. He did.
"Despite almost universal condemnation of the attacks, many argue that a misguided US foreign policy in the Middle East is at least partly to blame. The BBC's Tehran Correspondent Jim Muir, who has spent decades covering conflicts in the region explains the forces at work."
posted by Jofus
on Sep 20, 2001 -