The last thing he remembers is trying to get out of bed when he found the glass Mac left on his nightstand to be empty. He’d been hacking away — Will doesn’t know what kind of luck you have to have to catch fucking pneumonia ten days after getting engaged — and in desperate need of water, standing in his bathroom at the sink, when spots started encroaching on the corners of his vision. The next thing he knows, he’s on the bathroom floor, the left side of his chest burning like his ribs have cracked in half to use as kindling.

Cautiously, he tries to get up, but only somewhat successfully manages to prop himself up against the glass shower wall. Ten minutes later, he’s finally conceding to regretting the fact that his BlackBerry is next to his pillow. If he could call MacKenzie for help he’d graciously bow to the Life Alert jokes that would come his way. Instead, he winds up slumping down against the cool tile floor and, letting his raging fever and possible broken ribs win, defeatedly drifts off to sleep.

Which is how Mac finds him a little over an hour later.




Cable on Climate Science

Via the Union of Concerned Scientists:

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are the most widely watched cable news networks in the U.S. Their coverage of climate change is an influential source of information for the public and policy makers alike.

To gauge how accurately these networks inform their audiences about climate change, UCS analyzed the networks’ climate science coverage in 2013 and found that each network treated climate science very differently.

Fox News was the least accurate; 72 percent of its 2013 climate science-related segments contained misleading statements. CNN was in the middle, with about a third of segments featuring misleading statements. MSNBC was the most accurate, with only eight percent of segments containing misleading statements.

Read the overview here, or jump to the study here (PDF).

Images: Science or Spin?: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science, via Union of Concerned Scientists

Lack of female sources in NY Times front-page stories highlights need for change

In an analysis of 352 front-page stories from the Times in January and February 2013, we found that Times reporters quoted 3.4 times as many male sources as female sources.

Read more at Poynter

Why Not Occupy Newsrooms?

Almost two weeks ago, USA Today put its finger on why the Occupy Wall Street protests continued to gain traction.

“The bonus system has gone beyond a means of rewarding talent and is now Wall Street’s primary business,” the newspaper editorial stated, adding: “Institutions take huge gambles because the short-term returns are a rationale for their rich payouts. But even when the consequences of their risky behavior come back to haunt them, they still pay huge bonuses.”

Well thought and well put, but for one thing: If you were looking for bonus excess despite miserable operations, the best recent example I can think of is Gannett, which owns USA Today.

The week before the editorial ran, Craig A. Dubow resigned as Gannett’s chief executive. His short six-year tenure was, by most accounts, a disaster. Gannett’s stock price declined to about $10 a share from a high of $75 the day after he took over; the number of employees at Gannett plummeted to 32,000 from about 52,000, resulting in a remarkable diminution in journalistic boots on the ground at the 82 newspapers the company owns.

zevri replied to your post “okay but can we imagine a zombie-apocalypse workplace comedy”

oh shit i need this YESTERDAY

I like to imagine the newsfam in the zombie apocalypse with sharp shooter!Maggie, Rambo of News Night!Mac, GI Jim, Zombie Expert Neal Sampat, and Charlie and Leona reverting to their embed days and them broadcasting well into the apocalypse because Leona refuses to acknowledge that the signal and electricity should be down so the poor IT department gets outfitted with combat gear to go steal generators because they’re going to do the news, goddammit. 

Sloan proves to be surprisingly apt with a machete. Someone has to protect Don, after all.

The de-newspaperization of America is finally catching up with the de-industrialization of America. Newsroom jobs, especially decent paying ones, are vanishing everywhere—thanks to the shrinking number of print readers and the fact that digital advertising can’t fully support digital journalism. But the job losses seem to be coming faster—and the effect on the fabric of already struggling communities is far greater—in the rusty, rotting-factory cities of older America.
—  Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch, discussing the ongoing cuts facing the newspaper industry. Today’s ground zero? The Cleveland Plain Dealer, where as many as 50 people lost their jobs, finding out via phone if they were the ones. The Plain Dealer recently helped surface a major national story—the rediscovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing for nearly a decade—and Bunch expresses concern that the next story like that might stay under the radar.