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#SupportJournalism: We need it.

I have always been a fan of non-profit media. I have always been a fan of journalism… REAL journalism. And though I have not written about this experience we collectively share about what is happening in our country right now, I am imploring anyone reading this to support journalism.

At some point (we can debate about when and why later – right now it’s irrelevant) journalism gave way to the click-bait… the soundbite… the immediacy of posting something rather than being late to break the story. Journalism that told a story by seeking out the facts,  sharing the different points of view, and committed to having corroboration is not what most of the “news” is today.

nyt the truth...Today we have a society with the attention span of a gnat. The Tweets or soundbites become the “news of the day”. When we live in a society where the concept of needing to Fact Check Tweets, speeches, and White House press briefings, we are in trouble. And the people who most need to be paying attention, in my non-humble opinion, to the fact checking aren’t paying attention to the fact checking. But they might start to pay attention when media starts telling the deeper story. And that isn’t going to get any easier in the coming years.

I am imploring you: #SupportJournalism.

Real journalism, with a commitment to digging into the story and reporting what the story is, doesn’t regurgitate what an advertiser paid them to say, what their leadership’s personal political agenda is, or what’s easy to throw on a site to ensure they are the “first one on the scene”.

Become a subscriber, make a donation to non-profit media, turn news subscriptions into the new birthday/wedding/Father’s Day/etc. gift. Support news media, share with me how you’re doing it with the hashtag #SupportJournalism. I want to know what you’re supporting and why.

This country, state, city is our community. It’s our responsibility, but if we’re not informed, we can’t contribute.

 

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Interviewing vs. #GOPDebate

Tuesday night, I watched the last #GOPDebate. Some of the things that people texted me, posted on social media, and said to each other during and following the debate were about the lack of civility, the one-up-man-ship about who will be more “hard core” about ISIS with the limited and filtered info they each have available to them, and the blatant racism and misinformation that was bandied about between the candidates.

What I saw were candidates who didn’t answer questions asked of them; talked over and through not only each other, but the moderators; and spent more time attacking the incumbent and other candidates than talking about their experience or providing thoughtful answers about their intentions once they were elected.

I found myself wishing candidates were not allowed to speak free form. I found myself wishing that they were able to have one single 30-minutes segment recorded where they have to extemporaneously answer the questions asked. And then a third party (set of third parties?) pull data about their records and footage of what they have said in the past about issues and their character. And have this package presented to the voters to decide how to vote.

This morning I was thinking about how different these debates, campaigns, and conversations would be if they were treated like job interviews. At the end of the day, that’s what these are: JOB INTERVIEWS. And as someone who is currently seeking an FTE position, I am familiar with the interview process. Let me tell you what does NOT happen:

  1. I do not blatantly disrespect the person interviewing me and asking me questions in order to determine my qualifications and fit for the job.
  2. I do not get to attack and interrupt the other candidates for the position.
  3. I do not lob accusations or personally attack the position’s predecessor.

What I do get is the opportunity to submit my qualifications (resume, sometimes I also get to add the same information into an application), have my past behavior and opinions that reflect what I know and my character be reviewed (social media, references), and be present during an interview process. ~Shockingly this process works when you’re hiring your communications director.~ (#Tildes4Sarcasm)

The Presidential election, and every other political election, is an interview process we, the people, conduct to choose the best candidate to do a job. It’s time we stop treating it like the next season of TV’s Real Housewives’ reality show and like a serious interview to find the best candidate for the job.

I’d like us to respect the process as much as you would respect the process of looking for your next communications director.

 

 

Good-bye David Letterman. Love, Me.

This New York Times​ piece outlines why I have loved David Letterman​ my whole life. He reminds me of my Dad, and in some degree of me… though I am a MUCH lesser version.

David Letterman

David Letterman

There are people who have an idea about who they are, what they are willing to compromise (or not), and whether they are willing to move past the blowback of that. Good or bad, my Dad was unapologetically true to himself most of his life: spoke his mind, held his opinions, did his best, felt politics for politics’ sake was bullshit, and let the chips fall. Good or bad, this was how I was raised to be.

I think this is what I have loved about Letterman. He’s not the funniest host all the time. He’s not going to win a Mr. Congeniality prize all the time. But: You got HIM. I suspect with him, you know where you stand. He is willing to be the 12 yo boy who loves talking to the guy who plays drums. He is curious, interested in those that are interesting and perfunctory with those who aren’t. Heaven to me.

And so, I think we lose a little joy, transparency, and heart with David Letterman retiring. It’s a tough year for an old #NerdBot broad like me … Letterman and later this year Jon Stewart.

But I want to say, to the man who will never see this: Thanks Mr. Letterman, it’s been a joy.

– Narissa