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Gloria Steinem taught me another thing

Posted on May 12, 2016

Yesterday, I finished Gloria Steinem’s newest (and inexplicably badly-designed) book, and I learned an unexpected lesson not from the book itself, but from talking about it.   I tweeted a photo of a very nice quote she had included in the manuscript. The quote was simply attributed to “tribal elders.” Steinem is an incredibly thorough journalist and one of our greatest living political organizers. She credits all her success organizing to what she has learned from Native American groups and their social structures, and particularly to Wilma Mankiller and her community of tribal elders. If any non-Native-American person is going to get a Native American community’s quote right, it’s Gloria. I tweeted it, thinking the quote was wise and particularly insightful to my life…

A few announcements

Posted on June 16, 2015

Hey, everyone! A few updates on what I’m doing lately, what I’ve done lately, and who I’ve been lately (deep). Here we go: A. I graduated from USC last month, with a master’s in journalism. It rained during my graduation, just as Alanis Morissette said it would. But my year at USC was fantastic, and I am very happy to have learned from a bunch of delightfully haggard professionals, how to be a better writer and radio-maker. B. I was nominated for a national award by the Society of Professional Journalists. I did not win. That’s right. You may not call me a “nationally-award winning” journalist; merely a “region-11 award winning journalist,” which, if you ask me, sounds a lot like an award you give a…

Award from the Society of Professional Journalists

Posted on April 29, 2015

My team and I won an award from the Society for Professional Journalists for a show I hosted. Best Newscast! I wasn’t there for the awarding, because it landed on the same night as a show I was hosting. But my producer went and was totally sideswiped by the honor! I had assumed the competition was too stiff, and sent him with an acceptance speech that was actually a Mussolini speech, with the name of our show replacing the word “Italy.” Fortunately, Victor is as well-spoken as he is a good producer. Congrats, team!

A Note About Jon Ronson (Who’s Great)

Posted on April 14, 2015

People got mad on Twitter today. People get mad on Twitter every day. But today, they were mad at the writer Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and most recently So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. The irony needn’t be pointed out. The source of the blowup is a sentence Ronson had in the galleys for his new book. Ronson (not his editor) voluntarily removed the line, but it looked like this: “4chan aims to degrade the target, right? And one of the highest degradations for women in our culture is rape. We don’t talk about rape of men, so I think it doesn’t occur to most people as a male degradation. With men, they talk about getting…