1. Monday thoughts

    I have about ten thousand things on my mind, two people that I could talk to about all of them but only one person I should turn to.


  2. "There is such a thing as being a foreigner, but not in the sense implied by passports. Foreigners exist, to be sure, but they may be found only in places where it would be impossible to discover a single policeman or a single immigration official—in the field of the intellect. A man who achieves anything great in any province of the mind is, inevitably, a foreigner, and cannot admit others to his province."
    — The Great Foreigner by Niccolo Tucci

    This 1947 TNY profile on Einstein so charming and timeless. I wish I could own the copy. 

  3. "Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough."

    Ira Glass to Lifehacker. I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work.

    Quick tip for things to do immediately post-interview:

    When I come out of an interview, I jot down the things I remember as being my favorite moments. For an hour-long interview usually it’s just four or five moments, but if out I’m reporting all day, I’ll spend over an hour at night typing out every favorite thing that happened. This is handier than you might think. Often this short list of favorite things will provide the backbone to the structure to my story.

    Read through for the gear This American Life uses and its editing process.

    (via futurejournalismproject)

  4. ilovecharts:

    Senate Reacts to Hobby Lobby in 7 Charts

    If chart doesn’t do the work, I don’t know what else would.


  5. "Vladimir Putin, acting out of resentment and fury toward the West and the leaders in Kiev, has fanned a kind of prolonged political frenzy, both in Russia and among his confederates in Ukraine, that serves his immediate political needs but that he can no longer easily calibrate and control."
    — David Remnick on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: http://nyr.kr/WgQzi4 (via newyorker)

    (Source: newyorker.com, via newyorker)



  7. community

    NPR did a series on stressed-out Americans and turns out, one of the biggest contributing source of stress is the media. Well, yes. I for one get headaches every other day and heartbroken the rest by learning in piecemeal about what goes on near and far. It’s exhausting. More than that, it leaves me powerless. Simply, there is nothing I can contribute to make things better in Gaza or in Liberty City. Absolutely nothing. But yet, I still spend much much time on affairs that are undoubtedly not mine to agonize over.

    And I think I do this because in a way, I can be emotionally engaged on matters that bear no true consequence to me in reality. I can stop caring about them when I choose to and it would not matter one bit. 

    Then there is matters near to me. Local news. Matters that are not as nearly as dramatic or explosive as what makes it to the headline of a news channel or front page of a paper. I again for once have to remind myself to read about the new proposed budget or the new library programs. These are the matters that yield greater consequence to my community in not so conspicuous ways. 

    That’s the tricky thing about reporting,  journalism, media or whatever you may call it. While we aim to serve the public by engaging them with the community they live, we also constantly point out a myriad of issues elsewhere they must pay attention to. 

    This is why my admiration to local papers and beat reporters grows each day. They are the ones most capable of doing public service. They learn, invest and interact with the community and share matters, small or big, that are consequence to the community. 

    One thing I have been so anxious about lately is finding a job. And the most frustrating thing about this - and believe me, there is a host of frustrating things about it — is that until I am planted in a beat/topic, in a city, I don’t think I can even begin to be the reporter that I wish to be. Sure there is the financial security, not letting down my family and not realizing the dream I’ve had since forever but most of all, I am afraid that I won’t be a reporter to and for a community. 

    Maybe this fear has to do with having left my church of seven years recently. Maybe this is what Jesus meant when he so emphasizes on loving your neighbors. That it not only is the right thing to do but also that loving on a community is what realizes you.  

    Just maybe. 

    For now, I wait. I await for the next place that I will have the privilege to call it my community and be a reporter to and for it. 

  8. South Florida couldn’t have been more beautiful this weekend.


  9. poorrichardsnews:


    The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and against Obamacare today when it ruled 5-4 that corporations do not have to violate religious convictions by being forced to pay for certain types of contraception for employees.


    From Washington Examiner:

    The Supreme Court struck down…

    Boom indeed. How religiously convicted those corporations are. 

    (via washingtonexaminer)


  10. la-arboleda:

    The world – for lack of a highfalutin, 25-cent word – is truly an astonishing place. I may not have accomplished a lot, or traveled to the furthest reaches of this big blue globe, but I’ve been lucky enough to experience people, their cultures, and their idiosyncrasies. And for that I am grateful….

    This is why I can’t help but get upset when they say journalism is dead when people who are in it look at the world the way Carlos does.