Manic Monday

Good morning. Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday.

Here’s a link that will depress you about the state of journalism in the US and Canada; an interview with Alexandra Kimball at The Rumpus.

I don’t see how these barriers won’t lead to a homogenous class of journalists who are very privileged. There are growing economic barriers to a profession that needs to have people from different backgrounds on staff. So that they can cover issues that affect every group in accurate and nuanced ways, so that they can accurately cover what’s affecting poor communities, minority communities—issues that are so often misrepresented or overlooked.

Kimball wrote the essay “How to Succeed in Journalizm When you Can’t Afford an Internship.”

Now for some good news. Chicago Magazine has put together a list of the 50 best sandwiches in Chicago. I’ve been gone so long from the city that I don’t even recognize any of the names of the places on this delicious list. I’m going to have to add eating some of these sandwiches to my To Do List when I go back to visit, like the Atomica Cemitas, Jibarito, and (how can I resist?) The Gatsby.



3 thoughts on “Manic Monday

  1. Great point on journalism. I have given this topic some thought over the past few years. To me it comes down to a supply/demand question. Do people want to hear, read or participate in a reasonable and balanced debate or would they rather like to feed their beliefs with propaganda? On the other side, academics must learn to relate to a broader group of people. Although I believe it isn’t done purposely, they sometimes come across as being somehow just a little better than everyone else. At the end of the day, we must continue to learn together.

    • Academics are caught in a bind. The journals in which they need to publish their research often demands the language of the field. Popular academics, those who write for a broader audience, often aren’t as revered in their field. I would say that’s changing a bit, as people outside the universities demand to know what’s going on inside them and how what’s being researched and taught reflects the wider world. This has required academics to communicate more with society at-large. Which is a good thing.

      Journalism is a really tough road to take these days because of the changes wrought by the Internet, bringing less ad dollars for news media, bringing lower salaries, and then a steeper cost of entry into the field.

      • Well said! Journalism and academics do not receive the compensation that their talents, studies, and knowledge deserve. They put time, effort and a considerable amount of their own resources into their chosen vocation. We must continue to support their efforts.

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