House of Cards’ Slugline: A Techie Journo’s Dream?

Finally curious enough to see for myself what the fuss is over “House of Cards,” I turned on Netflix and queued up the first episode of Season 1 yesterday. Seven episodes later, I’m starting to get why this online-only series has people hooked. Spoiler alert: Kate Mara’s character, journalist Zoe Barnes, leaves her job at … Continue reading House of Cards’ Slugline: A Techie Journo’s Dream?

George Packer Questions Amazon’s Impact on Books

American journalist and author George Packer explored the impact of Amazon on book publishing and sales in this article, appearing today in The New Yorker: “Is Amazon Bad For Books?” Here is an excerpt: When I spoke with Grandinetti, he expressed sympathy for publishers faced with upheaval. “The move to people reading digitally and buying … Continue reading George Packer Questions Amazon’s Impact on Books

Many Journalists Held Back by Imposter Syndrome

In a recent article for The Atlantic, blogger and author of “The Up Side Of Down” Megan McArdle digs into imposter syndrome, an issue affecting many journalists. The article, titled “Why Writers Are The Worst Procrastinators,” was published February 12. Here is an excerpt: This fear of being unmasked as the incompetent you “really” are … Continue reading Many Journalists Held Back by Imposter Syndrome

Research Says Climate Change Impacts in L.A. Won’t Reverse

Even if we turned off all power, the damage has been done. A project called “Climate Change in the Los Angeles Region,” led by UCLA professor Dr. Alex Hall, has revealed startling data on increasing temperatures and the loss of snowfall. As part of Hall’s testimony at a state senate committee hearing late last year, … Continue reading Research Says Climate Change Impacts in L.A. Won’t Reverse

Would Markets Plummet if Q.E. Program Ended Today?

On its third round of this unconventional monetary policy, the Federal Reserve is buying up securities in an effort to stabilize the economy post-recession. Years into the program, has quantitative easing become such a part of the economy that without it markets would plummet? The quantitative easing program began after the collapse of Lehman Brothers … Continue reading Would Markets Plummet if Q.E. Program Ended Today?

Most Women Journalists Face Abuse, Intimidation on the Job

Since entering the workforce, women have faced bitter backlash from attempting to crash through a patronizing mold and glass ceiling. Threats, intimidation and abuse on the job continues to impact women journalists, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the International News Safety Institute (INSI), in partnership with the International Women’s Media … Continue reading Most Women Journalists Face Abuse, Intimidation on the Job

New Project Seeks Gender Data in Journalism Jobs, Bylines

The Poynter Institute’s Meg Heckman recently authored an article about a new online effort dedicated to tracking how many jobs and bylines women get in the journalism industry of today. The Open Gender Tracking Project is a collaboration of Boucoup and the MIT Center for Civic Media to create software that gathers and analyzes gender … Continue reading New Project Seeks Gender Data in Journalism Jobs, Bylines

Nonprofit to Build Tech Community in Long Beach

I had the pleasure of reporting on a growing effort in Long Beach to bring together designers, programmers and all-around techies. Long Beach Tech just received its nonprofit status and is seeking new boardmembers. The organization’s executive director, John Grefe, describes his goals for empowering youth and supporting tech innovation in his city. “I’m not … Continue reading Nonprofit to Build Tech Community in Long Beach

Continued coverage of AB 32, including local impacts

For the April 9 issue of the Business Journal, I put together an update on AB 32 that includes information on carbon allowance auctions, carbon offset projects, Long Beach’s waste-to-energy facility and more. California Air Resources Board spokesperson David Clegern said progress is being made in the fight against climate change as the laws under … Continue reading Continued coverage of AB 32, including local impacts