Guy Goma, the IT Job Applicant Who Was Mistakenly Interviewed on Live TV

In May 2006, Goma—a business school graduate from the Republic of the Congo—was at the BBC’s headquarters in London to interview for a job with the corporation’s IT department. While Goma waited in the reception area, a producer for BBC News 24 hurried in, looking for tech journalist Guy Kewney, who was scheduled to talk about the Apple Corps v. Apple Computer court case on the program. The receptionist pointed in Goma’s direction, and the producer whisked him into the newsroom and sat him down for a live TV interview.

Newsroom Fanfic Challenge: July

Thanks to the couple of you who participated in last month’s challenge!

July’s Challenge: Looking for something a little different this month - anything and everything involving NON - CANON PAIRINGS.

The Rules: There are none, EXCEPT that it can’t be primarily about a couple we already know and love! For the purposes of this challenge, that means Will/Mac, Maggie/Jim, Maggie/Don, Don/Sloan, Will/Nina, Mac/Brian, Mac/Wade, Charlie/Nancy, and unfortunately I’m going to have to include Charlie/Leona as well, they may as well be canon. Absolutely anything else is fair game! I hope you have fun with this one, really go outside the box! How about Sloan/Neal? Don/Rebecca? Will or Charlie and one of the girls in the newsroom?

There’s no word limit, no deadline. All you have to do is tag your fic: Newsroom Fanfic Challenge.

Bonus Challenge: As an added challenge to yourself, message me and I’ll assign you a couple to write about!

Good luck!

Previous Challenges:







Even More Respect to GD

If it’s even possible, today I give even more respect to G-Dragon. I had an epiphany about him that made me respect him even more. Care to indulge me a bit?

Loneliness: from his work and interviews, we get that he struggles with it. He talks about it in interviews and puts it in his music. I used to think this was because he’s an extrovert who needs a lot of socializing to feel complete (which I still think, by the way. Heaven knows he’s not like TOP who would choose to sit in his house alone, drinking wine, for fun). But G-Dragon’s recent work and interviews have got me thinking a lot about his aversion to being/feeling alone.

In his Newsroom interview, G-Dragon said something that translates closely to, ““I think I’m a bit of a.. should I say…mutant,” which I found surprisingly self-aware. And that got me thinking a lot about his lyrics. We’ve got his Loser lyrics, “Honestly, I’ve never fit in with the world” and “I was always alone.”

I don’t think this is just about feeling like there aren’t people in his life. I think this also has to do with the isolation that comes from being different. GD truly is one of a kind. He’s got this undeniable uniqueness. And that’s just it—he’s not afraid to be different, either. He’s the guy who will wear that crazy outfit, change his hair a hundred times, and take major creative risks. He’s the trendsetter, the ground-breaker. Combine that with his creative genius and star performance level, and he’s born to entertain.

I think G-Dragon knows this about himself and it’s actually a source of confidence for him. I think he’s aware of his talents and uniqueness, and likes that about himself. I also believe he genuinely loves entertaining and being the center of attention (although, not always) and his “differentness” has opened a lot of doors for him and helped him achieve a successful career for himself.  

However, there’s an isolating aspect to being “the different one” and I think this makes him feel alone sometimes. I think inside, Ji really is a warm, cute babo who loves connecting with friends. But feeling the isolation of “being a mutant” can be tough. And when he’s down, I imagine there are times he really does feel alone. Hence, I suspect his Crooked lyrics represent some of his worst fears, “Leave me alone, I was alone anyway” or even worse, “I have no one.”

In one of my favorite G-Dragon songs, A Boy, his lyrics say, “People say they’re jealous of me because I have too much, celebrities all live a comfortable life. Be in their shoes for just a day, you’ll realize what you see isn’t everything.”

I’m proud of him. I’m his fan. Respect to you, Kwon Leader. Keep smiling and having fun :). I’m loving seeing him so happy with this comeback.


#TheaterShooting def atty Dan King (& my newsroom colleague) have left 2 avoid nasty sound of Holmes playing w/ bags. Wish I could join them
—  via Will C Holden
Crosstown Rival TV Station Covers Shift To Let Newsroom Attend Funeral (VIDEO)

Crosstown Rival TV Station Covers Shift To Let Newsroom Attend Funeral (VIDEO)

On June 20th, 2015, Robert Bonnin “Bob” Barry Jr., the sports director for KFOR-TV (channel 4) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was struck and killed while riding his scooter. He was a University of Oklahoma alumnus, and a beloved figure on the news station. He inherited the sports director chair after his father, Bob Barry Sr., the station’s sports director and main anchor for over 40 years, passed…

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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


Does anybody else feel utter sadness and despair looking at this art piece from Jiyong’s Peaceminusone Exhibition? For me, the smiley faces have the complete opposite meaning. They sort of represent a front that Jiyong puts up on a daily basis just to maybe get through the day. It saddens me so much to think of it like that but that’s what it seems like. Also, the fact that each sentence starts with ‘I’m trying to’. As in, he’s trying so hard and that he feels that is all he can really do, just try. Just try to stay happy and stay motivated and inspired. That things that people say about him do affect him and do bring his mood down from time to time and that is when he returns to this mentality. Of making sure that no matter what, in the end, he always tries to stay positive and uplifting. This piece is absolutely heart-breaking. And there’s so much irony in the fact that this was shown in the JTBC newsroom segment from today when he spoke his mind and people once again decided to bring him down for it and manipulate his words. 

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.


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

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.
I spent four days [in June] trying to get comments on Gannett [executive] bonuses and on Sunday night they said, ‘We’re not going to comment on these bonuses.’ And I just said, 'Really? You’re a newspaper company? You’re a publicly held company. These bonuses are a matter of public record, and you have nothing to say about them?’ And I just found that appalling and I think some of that was reflected in the piece [this week.]