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“I just determined that I would rather do anything else in life than to dismantle a proud newsroom and lay off my friends and colleagues and eventually be laid off myself.”
“Curbed, of all the digital properties that were created in the birth of internet journalism, has always felt to us editors like a long-lost sibling.”
More than half of all nonprofit outlets have either no people of color or “only a small percentage” within their ranks. The vast majority — more than two-thirds — do not have a single person of color in leadership at the executive level.
“In my experience in legacy media, the answer was to throw your hands in the air and say, ‘There’s not much we can do.’ Well, I don’t find that acceptable. We have to find ways to reach those audiences.”
Plus: Writers reveal problems at Chicago Magazine, and The Atlantic damages trust with transgender readers.
“We can’t cover sports right now, or ever, as an individual and separate thing because sports are the gift we get for making our society as just and fair as possible.”
“Trump has taken over VOA, Radio Free Europe, etc…planting loyalists, firing critical journalists. He can’t do that with Stripes so he’s just…zeroing out the budget.”
Service stories used to exist apart from, and as a respite to, the news. In pandemic times, that no longer makes sense.
“We feel like we have to create the future of media, as we advocate for the people who work in it.”