Everybody wanted Kiante Campbell to be an innocent. A few days ago, a trusted source told me that his death was in fact a friendly-fire incident. Now we have official word confirming this.
We are in the habit of reserving our outrage and sadness for the few innocent bystanders who die in crossfires every year.
But in truth, what is more outrageous? A life lost accidentally to a stray bullet? Or a young man who over many years was drawn into a violent life, while we stood by and did nothing to pull him back into a life of peace?
— Max Allstadt on recent revelations that 18-year-old Oakland homicide victim Kiante Campbell had attempted to fire his gun first.
9:50 am • 27 February 2013 • 6 notes
Folio: has released the results of their annual nationwide survey. The survey maps out salary ranges for mid and executive-level editors across a number of demographics including gender, age, location, company size, education and more.
According to the report, in 2012, a male Editor-in Chief was making $100,800, while a woman in the same position was making $85,100.
See the interactive infographic that Folio prepared with the data. Images above are screenshots from the infographic.
9:58 am • 26 February 2013 • 26 notes
Many in Oakland’s growing “creative class” are in denial. Asked to comment about the problems for a recent story in Bloomberg, Doug Leeds, CEO of Ask.com, which moved to Oakland in 2004, was dismissive:
“We certainly read the stories and we see the figures increasing, but on a daily basis, we come to work and we don’t feel the impact of it,” Leeds said. “We don’t see crime tape on the streets, we don’t see chalk outlines of people, there aren’t bullet noises.”
That’s nice for Leeds, but, though he apparently doesn’t see it, Oakland is also in the midst of a housing, education, and employment crisis. It’s going to be hard to solve these problems if the new, well-to-do residents don’t acknowledge they exist, and even contribute to making them worse.
— The responsibilities of the creative class. Me for Grist.
8:03 am • 21 February 2013 • 7 notes
Map Of The Most Common Locations Where Craigslist “Missed Connections” Occur
Dorothy Gambrell of Psychology Today put together this map of the number-one places where missed connections occur by state. It’s very telling and also pretty hilarious.
Whaaat, Dorothy Gambrell of Psychology Today?? How about Dorothy Gambrell of the best web comic of all time??
<3 everything Dorothy Gambrell does <3
5:08 pm • 20 February 2013 • 93 notes
“In front of the White House early Sunday afternoon, a young man deftly scaled a small leafless tree, to the shock and dismay of the older activists around him. One police officer suggested that he come down, which he eventually did — only to be yelled at by a woman who said he’d damaged not only the tree but the entire climate movement.
‘But you’re not letting us talk,’ he told her. ‘It’s just all about you.’
‘What’s going to happen when everyone marches and then everyone goes home? There needs to be something more than that,’ the tree-climber, Max, of Washington D.C., told me afterward.
This little altercation defined a tension I saw throughout the Forward on Climate rally Sunday: Climate change reformists and climate change radicals allied tentatively, uncomfortably, against a crazy warming world. When one calls for the largest climate rally in U.S. history, one cannot really control who shows up and what their protest tactics and goals might be. Reform, or revolt? Coax, or prod? Organic, pesticide-free carrot or sustainably harvested, renewable stick?”
I reported on the Forward on Climate rally for Grist.
9:36 am • 19 February 2013 • 12 notes
“Because of the nature of newsroom workflow, and the way most journalists are locked into being ‘just a writer’ or ‘just an artist,’ too often editors have to decide ahead of time how to handle a story — which toolset to apply,” Rosenberg said. “Susie can be much more flexible and responsive to the story itself. That’s a great advantage.”
— My boss telling Editor and Publisher that I am great. This is like a very weird dream.
10:31 am • 12 February 2013 • 7 notes
“It was an urbanist’s nightmare. On Feb. 1, a teenager was shot dead in the middle of a popular art gallery walk and street fair in Oakland, Calif. — a town that highlights exactly what a city wins and loses when it attracts a huge influx of the vaunted “creative class.”
The fallacy of the creative class, me for Grist. I know I did this one at least mostly right because I’m getting all kinds of flailing backlash from Oakland’s progressive wealthy.
2:13 pm • 11 February 2013 • 17 notes