posts about or somewhat related to ‘QA’
I’m an aspiring journalist. That’s what I want to do with my life. However, I’m not sure where to start. Could you help me? — raetschi
May we direct you to our QA Tag where you’ll find FJP deep thinking on subjects such as:
- Where to Start as a Journalist? Try the Peabody Awards
- Why I’m Paying for J-School
- Journalism, Degrees and Jobs
- Media Reporting and the Public Editor
- How to Succeed in Journalism When You Can’t Afford an Internship
- How Do I get Started in Journalism
- Can I Make it as an Aspiring Photojournalist
- What Should be in my Online Portfolio
I hope these links help.
One item perhaps not mentioned in the above though is this: Ask every journalist you know (and even those you don’t) how you can break in, who you might be able to talk to and if, of course, they know of any openings you might be able to pursue.
Have other questions? Ask away. — Michael
TOR was compromised and some other items on that list are just plain and simple idiotic and impossible to the common user - information like this to people on a site where they take it to heart really quickly isn’t the best idea… — Anonymous
As this message from our inbox notes, earlier this year a compromise was discovered in the Tor browser.
This is true. But once the vulnerability was discovered an update came out that resolved it.
"We will never be able to de-anonymize all Tor users all the time” but “with manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction of Tor users.”
Of course, no system or defense mechanism is foolproof and that should always be remembered. If you really need absolute privacy, leave your tracking device (read: phone) at home and go for a walk in a very loud place with whoever you need to communicate with.
But don’t succumb to privacy nihilism. As Bruce Schneier writes in The Guardian, “The NSA has turned the fabric of the internet into a vast surveillance platform, but they are not magical. They’re limited by the same economic realities as the rest of us, and our best defense is to make surveillance of us as expensive as possible.”
One way to do that is to encrypt and anonymize, and help your friends and networks do the same.
For more information about defensive technology and steps you can take to secure your communications, visit this primer from the EFF. It covers browser, email, chat, phones and secure deletion of your files.
Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian’s Editor-in-Chief, in response to a Redditor’s question: What advice would you have for a journalism student attempting to get into the industry at the moment?
He did an IAmA on Reddit yesterday, mainly about the Guardian’s coverage of the NSA files. It’s an interesting conversation in which he links out to some good reads such as these tips on communicating securely with your sources.
There is a chasm of difference between skepticism and speculation. Michael Hastings, the 33-year-old journalist who died in a car crash in Los Angeles this week, knew the difference well. Hastings didn’t speculate; he devoted years of his too-short life to a different project entirely — investigation propelled by fierce skepticism.
There is some sad irony, then, that the journalist’s tragic death has been followed by a storm of wild speculation — conspiracy theories about car bombs and government assassinations abound through cyberspace. It is the sort of knee-jerk speculation — concerns expounded based on threadbare evidence and assumptions — that sits quite at odds with Hastings’ legacy of thorough reporting and serious probing.
Natasha Lennard, Stop Speculating About Hastings’ Death, Salon.
The News, via Mother Jones:
Michael Hastings, a respected young journalist forRolling Stone andBuzzFeed, was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles Tuesday, according to his boss, BuzzFeed Editor in Chief Ben Smith.
Hastings, who was 33, was perhaps most famous for “The Runaway General,” his June 2010Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McChrystal, then the commander of US forces in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama fired McChrystal after the publication of the article. Hastings expanded “The Runaway General” into a book, The Operators, that was published in January 2012 and became a New York Times bestseller.
Hastings first rose to prominence for his coverage of the Iraq war inNewsweek. His then-fiancée Andrea Parhamovich was killed in Iraq in 2007; he later wrote a book, I Lost My Love in Baghdad, about his years in Iraq.
You can find Hastings’Rolling Stonearchives hereand his BuzzFeedstuff here, but hisNewsweek writing is mostly not available online.Rolling Stone's obituary for him is here; Smith’s, which is a particularly gutting read, is here.
Also—and this is wonderful—Hastings’ advice to young journalists by way of Reddit:
1) You basically have to be willing to devote your life to journalism if you want to break in. Treat it like it’s medical school or law school.
2) When interviewing for a job, tell the editor how you love to report. How your passion is gathering information. Do not mention how you want to be a writer, use the word “prose,” or that deep down you have a sinking suspicion you are the next Norman Mailer.
3) Be prepared to do a lot of things for free. This sucks, and it’s unfair, and it gives rich kids an edge. But it’s also the reality.
4) When writing for a mass audience, put a fact in every sentence.
5)Also, keep the stories simple and to the point, at least at first.
6) You should have a blog and be following journalists you like on Twitter.
7) If there’s a publication you want to work for or write for, cold call the editors and/or email them. This can work.
8) By the second sentence of a pitch, the entirety of the story should be explained. (In other words, if you can’t come up with a rough headline for your story idea, it’s going to be a challenge to get it published.)
9) Mainly you really have to love writing and reporting. Like it’s more important to you than anything else in your life—family, friends, social life, whatever.
10) Learn to embrace rejection as part of the gig. Keep writing/pitching/reading.
FJP: RIP Michael Hastings.