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Matt just got assaulted by a supporter of Harold Camping in this clip. He’s reporting on his Twitter account that a number of people have stopped by the property, knocking on the Family Radio leader’s door. He’s doing some pretty brave work right now. We’ll keep you updated as hear more from him. (EDIT: He just uploaded another clip from the scene.)

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Hey everyone, know ProducerMatthew? He's that guy who scours the interwebs and breaks a lot of hard news. Anyway, he'll post some updates here if any major story angles break out in the next few hours. (He did this last night, too.) Also, read his site. It's informative.

(And some minor housekeeping stuff: Per our 5,000th follower yesterday, we owe you guys a contest. It’ll come tomorrow, when the news will possibly be slower. But we’ll keep you posted.)

imwithkanye  asked:

What is the one piece of news you wish you would had written or reported? Whose work do you admire the most?

» SFB says: Regarding the first half of that, I feel like, honestly, I try to catch as much as I can, but sometimes the beast that is limited resources can really get in the way. I wish the site could’ve done more with Occupy Wall Street some nights. I wish I could give equal weight to the natural disasters that come along (we covered Thailand’s recent flooding a little too lightly, for example). But with just a handful of writers, you have to be careful to ensure that your appetite is as big as your stomach. So often we’ll cover one story really well if it’s big enough, or touch on four or five at a time.

As for the second part: I’ve always told people that my two biggest inspirations in doing this blog are Andrew Sullivan and Charles Apple. You guys all know Sullivan. Some of you hate his work or obsessions with Trig Palin or whatever. I tend to think that he set many of the basic templates for mixing news and opinion in a blog; he’s a trailblazer, plain and simple. As for Charles Apple, he runs a newspaper-design blog that is more of a direct influence on what I do. When I started the site, I asked him for feedback; I still cite his site pretty regularly. I came from news design, and while SFB’s focus is broader than that, the numbers and blurbs come from those roots. Beyond that, I find ProducerMatthew’s work to be super-inspiring. — Ernie @ SFB (Alright, Office Hours over for now; we have one or two still sitting around and we’ll get to those over the next few days.)