Journalism’s new world order

first_imgReporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin stand at the crossroads of old school, “What It Takes”-style campaign journalism and the digital era’s insatiable new world order. And, for the most part, they like what they see.As well they might. The two are best known for their books “Game Change” and “Double Down,” bestsellers that chronicled the surreal, circuslike atmosphere surrounding the 2008 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Sarah Palin, and the 2012 contest between Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, respectively.The former veteran magazine journalists, now co-managing editors of Bloomberg Politics, a splashy politics “vertical” site launched earlier this year, delivered the 2014 Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics Monday evening at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).The lecture, sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, commemorates White, a Harvard College student in the 1930s who went on to invent political campaign journalism with his landmark 1960 book, “The Making of the President.”John Heilemann, M.P.A. ’90, shared his optimism about journalism’s digital future. “We are in a period now of protean experimentation. The period of the destructive part of ‘creative destruction’ is a little bit more in the rearview mirror,” he said. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhite was an early planner of the Shorenstein Center. Past honorees include Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Robert Caro and Taylor Branch, as well as Civil Rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.Heilemann, M.P.A. ’90, spoke of his optimism about journalism’s digital future. While the Internet has radically transformed the media in both good and bad ways over the last decade, and continues to do so, there are a number of reasons for the media to feel good about its long-term prospects. Among them are recent multimillion-dollar investments in outlets such as Vox Media, BuzzFeed, and Business Insider, which would have been “unthinkable” 10 years ago as the media floundered over how best to adapt to the digital age. Then there are bold predictions by tech legend Marc Andreessen that the news industry could grow 10 to 100 times in size over the next 20 years, and the “intriguing” proliferation of new ventures, such as Politico and ProPublica, along with for-profit and nonprofit legacy outlets that cover politics, major issues, and public affairs.“We are in a period now of protean experimentation. The period of the destructive part of ‘creative destruction’ is a little bit more in the rearview mirror,” said Heilemann. “And that is good news for the news business.”Halperin, ’87, a five-cycle survivor of what he dubbed “the freak show” that is presidential campaigning, offered some unsolicited but hard-won advice for 2016 candidates that he believes will best serve them, their campaigns, the media and, most importantly, the nation.“Be honest about what you believe and why. If you change your mind, be unafraid,” he said. “Slip on your flip-flops, stand tall, be true to your convictions, and trust that the public will appreciate your honesty because, most of the time, they will.”Halperin urged candidates to be authentic and avoid shifting positions to suit opinion-polling data, as McCain reportedly did in 2008. “Of all the challenges that face … [Hillary] Clinton if she does decide to run, I think this is probably the biggest one,” he said. “Sincerity right now is the biggest trump card in our politics, and if you can come by it honestly, you can [wipe] the field.”He proposed that campaigns reward responsible and honest-dealing news organizations with access to candidates and inner circles, and punish those that don’t play fair. He urged candidates to reach out to expert beat reporters outside of politics when trying to test policy plans and positions.“Finally, the fastest and best way to end the freak show is to call it out when your own side shows up to perform.” said Halperin. “Let’s face it, the freak show has had a pretty good uninterrupted run for decades now because the campaigns keep performing it, the media keeps rebroadcasting it, and much of the public keeps applauding it.”Just prior to the lecture, Heilemann and Halperin commandeered the Allison Dining Room at HKS to broadcast their show for Bloomberg TV, “With All Due Respect.” The program is a crisp, often drily humorous look at what passes for political news of the day — from the “will he/won’t he” speculation around Obama visiting Ferguson, Mo., to a GOP congressional staffer who resigned after insulting the president’s teenage daughters on Facebook.During the evening, Politico reporter David Rogers was honored as winner of the 2014 David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism. The prize is named for the late Nyhan, ’62, a longtime Boston Globe columnist and 2001 Shorenstein Fellow best known for his relentless reporting and fierce advocacy for underdogs.Rogers, a respected shoe-leather reporter who has covered Capitol Hill for 35 years, was both a colleague and an underling of Nyhan’s while they worked at The Globe in the 1970s. Rogers moved on to the Wall St. Journal in 1983 and joined then-upstart Politico in 2008.“David used to say to me about The Globe: ‘It’s their bulldozer, but we get to drive it,’” said the soft-spoken Rogers, “with an accent on ‘their’ and ‘drive.’”Heilemann, Halperin, and Rogers followed up the event with a deeper and decidedly less optimistic discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the news business during the White Seminar on Tuesday morning at HKS. Led by Shorenstein Director Alex Jones, the panel included Kristen Soltis Anderson, a media strategist and 2014 Institute of Politics Fellow, and Jill Abramson, ’76, a former New York Times executive editor and now a visiting lecturer at Harvard.“I see the trend in political reporting, unfortunately, away from the very detailed, substantive kind of reporting that David Rogers does to basically, and I don’t mean to insult our lecturers of last night, but the prevailing style now is to cover campaigns and politics like a sporting event,” said Abramson. “It’s a battle, constant conflict, juicy behind-the-scenes, colorful scooplets which are — I am the first to admit — delicious, and I read them every morning, but substantive coverage of legislation in Congress isn’t the kind of sexy reading that that is.”Heilemann conceded that the horse race and personality-focused journalism that has long dominated political reporting is a detriment to understanding substantive issues, but he said the rising popularity of data-driven sites such as Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com and Vox.com are part of a fresh trend toward niche outlets that deliver substantive policy information, explainer-style.“My biggest concern now,” said Halperin, “and it’s true at The New York Times for sure, is you’ve got a bunch of younger people — everybody has to do their first stint on the Hill and their first presidential campaign — but I think a preponderance of people at The Times and a lot of people at Politico … are inexperienced and not getting the kind of grounding that is required to eventually be like David Rogers.”last_img read more

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Trae Harris & More Will Star in Naomi Wallace’s And I and Silence Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Scenic design will be by Rachel Hauck, with costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Bradley King, and sound design by Elisheba Ittoop. Trae Harris (Orange Is the New Black) and more will appear in the previously announced And I and Silence off-Broadway. Written by Naomi Wallace and directed by Caitlin McLeod, the show will play a limited engagement August 5 through September 14. Opening night is set for August 25 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Two imprisoned teenagers, one black, one white, form a perilous bond.  As the young women serve time, they forge a plan for survival. When the outside world proves even more dangerous than the jail itself, their private world becomes an untenable practice ground for their new lives. And I and Silence explores the fierce dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950’s America.center_img And I And Silence Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 14, 2014 Joining Harris as Young Jamie will be Rachel Nicks (Nurse Jackie) as Jamie, Emily Skeggs (Fun Home) as Young Dee and Samantha Soule (A Fable) as Dee.last_img read more

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Scott, Royce, Luetkemeyer join Caucus slate

first_imgSenate Banking Subcommittee Chairman Tim Scott, R-S.C., House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and House Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., are the latest additions to the speaker slate at NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus next month in Washington.Congressional Caucus, Sept. 10-13, is NAFCU’s credit union lobbying event of the year. Speakers will address the most important legislative and regulatory issues facing the credit union industry today.Scott, chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, served for seven years on the board of NAFCU-member Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union (Charleston, S.C.). He also sits on the Senate Committees on Finance; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Special Aging. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Letters

first_imgLink up down underSir – Your report that Australian businessmen are planning a 4000 km 250 km/h Melbourne – Darwin line (RG 5.97 p282) will arouse a degree of scepticism among many of your readers.The most needed railway in Australia is from Alice to Tennant Creek, about which the politicians have been prevaricating for an unconscionably long time. It is difficult to reconcile this attitude with the speed, excellence and dedication shown in unifying the gauge of the trans-continental line. There must be a reason for the delay north of Alice, yet none is proffered.Tennant Creek might also be the area in which a line west from Queensland could join up. The onward line might then be built north to Daly Waters, Katherine and Darwin – Australia’s Asian Gateway – and subsequent traffic patterns would soon reveal where future expenditure might best be allocated.Roger LascellesBrentford, Great Britainlast_img read more

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The suburbs where property is selling the fastest in Townsville

first_img READ MORE Suburb Days on the market Oonoonba 23Currajong 37Belgian Gardens 40Jensen 41Pallarenda 41 Top 5 quickest selling suburbs “The CBD is only minutes away and it is still considered close enough to the Townsville General Hospital, Lavarack Barracks and James Cook University for defence personnel, staff and students to live.“Prices are still considered more affordable compared to Idalia, Douglas and Annandale.Houses in Thuringowa Central remained on the market for a median of 111 days, Corelogic found, which was the longest amount of time out of any suburb in Townsville. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Pearce said it could be the result of the suburbs lack of ‘identity.’“Thuringowa has a lot to offer buyers but it does suffer from an identity crisis,” Mr Pearce said. “It is surrounded by Kirwan, which is a very well known suburb and many buyers have never heard of Thuringowa Central. “Vendors need to be certain they market their property with a campaign reaching across the entire market and discuss with their agent how they can seek and bring buyers to the property themselves.” City’s property market heats up Keyes and Co Property Agent Tess Sellwood outside a recently sold house in Oonoonba, which has been named as fastest selling suburb in Townsville.CORELOGIC has revealed the Townsville suburbs where property is selling the quickest with houses in Oonoonba topping the list for the least amount of days on the market. Houses in the area sold after a median of just 23 days in the year to June, Corelogic data found.Keys & Co Realty agent Tess Sellwood has recently sold a property at 1/7 Frederick St in Oonoonba and said the suburb ticked a lot of boxes for young buyers. READ MORE Idalia market is showing signs of revival 1/7 Frederick St, Oonoonba“I think the proximity to the city is a major selling point for buyers,” Ms Sellwood said.“Value for money in the suburb is also exceptional and that attracts a lot of first home buyers.“Majority of that Oonoonba pocket toward the city end, remained high and dry in the floods which is another factor that appeals to people.”Iris Chaillon and her husband recently purchased a property in Oonoonba after wanting to relocate from a highset house to a low-set home with yard space. “I love the area it’s a very comfortable place to live,” Ms Chaillon said.“It’s so close to everything and when the stadium starts up we’ll only be 5 minutes away from that as well.“Bunnings is just down the road and the traffic isn’t too bad at all.”Ray White Kirwan agent Craig Pearce who sold the duplex in Oonoonba to Ms Chaillon said the suburbs affordability was attractive for buyers. “Oonoonba’s location is excellent as buyers see it so close to some of our biggest employers,” Mr Pearce said. last_img read more

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CCOM/JHC Sends C-Worker 4 to Survey Eastern Pacific

first_imgResearchers from the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping Joint Hydrographic Center in New Hampshire have utilised a C-Worker 4 Autonomous Vessel equipped with a multibeam sonar to map around the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The Center is working in partnership with the Ocean Exploration Trust and operating from Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research boat.The C-Worker 4 ASV was designed to complete a variety of offshore and inshore survey tasks and was delivered to the University of New Hampshire in 2016.The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard—best known for his discovery of RMS Titanic’s final resting place. This 2017 Nautilus Expedition launches the third year of exploration in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and will be one of the most extensive seasons to date. From May, Nautilus began to document and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, to Baja California, Mexico and will continue to do so until November.The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) is one of the agencies tasked with the protection of deep-water habitats, commercially important species, and deep-sea coral ecosystems around the islands, yet lacks a detailed understanding of the distribution, abundance, and condition of the resources within the Sanctuary. Less than 50% of the seafloor within the CINMS boundaries has been mapped by high-resolution sonar, and the 2016 Nautilus expedition to the same region worked to cut this knowledge gap nearly in half.The 2017 expedition continues this exploration by using a high-resolution mapping system to collect sonar bathymetry and sub-bottom profiling data to characterize the seafloor in these unmapped areas. The C-Worker 4 ASV can map waters and caves as deep as 600ft, and is remotely controlled by operators aboard Nautilus during these tests. These mapping surveys are helping the team locate and document submerged caves along the Channel Islands for future surveys.Following mapping operations using the C-Worker 4 ASV, Nautilus will utilize ROVs to undertake visual surveys, collect high-definition video imagery, collect biological and geological samples, and ground truth the newly-collected multibeam data.This cruise will also be part of a larger initiative to understand sea level history and locate, map, and document submerged paleo-shorelines in the Channel Islands region. This region has a complex geologic history following its initial volcanic formation, later being shaped by uplift, sinking, and fluctuating sea levels, and resulting in a submerged shoreline of boulders, spires, caves, and arches.last_img read more

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Ministry of Education to honour forty-eight retired educators

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Ministry of Education to honour forty-eight retired educators by: – April 18, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Ms. Marcella Severin receiving an award for 32 years of service from the president of the Dominica Association of Teachers, Mrs. Celia NicholasRoseau, Dominica – April 18th, 2012…Forty-eight teachers and education officers who gave long and dedicated service in the education sector will be honoured at the Retirees Awards Dinner of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development on Saturday.The awards ceremony is intended to pay tribute to the distinguished group of educators who contributed significantly toDominica’s development as employees of the Ministry of Education.The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments and service of the awardees as they move on to a new stage in their lives and wishes them well for their retirement.Mrs. Clara Savarin receiving award for 42 years of service from the President of the Dominica Teachers Association, Mrs. Celia Nicholas.The Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Hon. Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint-Jean will address the retirees. Musical performances will come from the Sisserou Singers, Fatima Noel and teachers Asher Thomas and Kishon Florent.The awardees are: Melizia St. Aime, Clara Savarin, Sonia Christian, Meldora Lawrence, Helen Warrington, Josephine Jemmot, Glorine Thomas, Joyce Celestine, Augustina Francis, Carol Prosper, Catherine Larocque, Cynthia Morvan, Mariane Austrie, Mona Thomas, Judith Alick, Beverly Williams, Bernie Abraham, Margaret Romain, Irose Thomas, Merle Lawrence, Jane Cornelius, Charlotte Joseph, Judith Mitchel, Starry Williams, Athelstane Seraphin, Ann Joseph, Merle St. Louis, Angelina Martin, Gloria Webb, Theresa Hector, Allan Moise, Timothy Moise, Geraldine Timothy, Jualine Charles, Roslyn Fontaine, Mariane Austrie, Claudette Shillingford, Lucille Blackman, Marcella Severin, Arlington Burnette, Joyce Dupuis, Arthlene Douglas-Murdoch, Bentley Royer, Vyleen Royer, Cynthia Bernabe, Lucina Lafond-Charles, Clementina Liverpool-Paul, Isa Dorsette.By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations SpecialistMinistry of Education and Human Resource Development Sharecenter_img 403 Views   one comment Share Sharelast_img read more

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Barca’s Pique calls for wholesale changes after ‘shameful’ defeat

first_imgFC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says radical changes are needed from top to bottom after his side were annihilated 8-2 by Bayern Munich on Friday.The loss meant they made their exit from the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League in one of the Catalan side’s darkest ever nights. A tearful Pique told reporters after the quarter-final drubbing, their worst-ever result in Europe: “We feel devastated, although ‘shame’ is the real word I’m looking for.“We cannot afford to compete like this because it’s not the first, the second or the third time that something like this has happened.“This is very painful but I hope it serves some purpose.”Pique is one of the surviving members of the team who won the UEFA Champions League in 2009 under Pep Guardiola to begin a golden era for the Catalans.But he said he was ready to leave the club in order to ensure they improve. Pique also appeared to blame the Barca hierarchy, which includes president Josep Maria Bartomeu, for the team’s predicament as he called for changes at the very top.He said: “We all need to reflect deeply. The club needs lots of changes.“I’m not talking about the coach, players – I don’t want to point the finger at anyone, but the club needs changes on a structural level.“If new blood needs to come for the club to change course, then I’m not untouchable and I’ll be the first to leave if need be, because it seems as if we’ve hit rock bottom.“We all have to reflect about what is the best thing for the club and for Barca.” Barca coach Quique Setien is unlikely to survive overseeing such a debacle, although he did not say whether or not he saw himself continuing in charge of the team.“I’m not going to go into all that as I’ve only been here for six months. But seeing as this is Pique, surely some of what he said is true,” said the coach.“Right now we feel enormous frustration and all we can do is make conclusions and think about the future.“Barca is a club that is so great that this will cause us a lot of damage and obviously some things will have to change.RelatedPosts Edo 2020: Social media users turn Oshiomhole to laughing stock after defeat Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi “The truth is this is a tremendously painful defeat.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: defeatFC BarcelonaFC Bayern MunichGerard PicqueStructural ChangesUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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Double signing key for Pardew

first_img “I’ve had many conversations with him regarding Jordon, not just at this club but when I was at Newcastle and, of course, they must have been the right noises for me to have signed him.” Pardew says Mutch is fit and could make his debut against Everton on Saturday but Ameobi may take longer to regain sharpness after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December. “Shola is a player that doesn’t play every game, he never did at Newcastle,” Pardew said. “But when big games come around he has this ability to raise his level. “He scored fabulous goals for me in big games at Newcastle and that ingredient is important. “There will be tension and players will be nervous from now until the end of the year. “Shola won’t be exhibiting that and he will spread that around the group. “He’s a real leader of men, a real gentleman. He’s more than just a player to me.” Palace also expect to sign Lille full-back Pape Souare before the end of the week. Souare is due to have a medical on Thursday after returning from the African Nations Cup following Senegal’s elimination in the group stages. “The process is pretty far down the line,” Pardew said. “He’s travelling back, will come straight for a medical and then if he passes that, he looks to be signing as well.” Pardew added: “That will be it if those three players are concluded. “Deadline day is one of those days where you look across the board and there might be a young player who is attractive to us but we have a big squad now and a squad we hope can carry us forward.” Pardew also said he was “in the dark” over a potential permanent deal to re-sign Manchester United forward Wilfried Zaha. Zaha has made 18 appearances for the Eagles since joining the club on loan at the start of the season. Pardew also revealed Palace striker Glenn Murray has agreed a one-year contract extension with the club. Murray scored 31 goals in 45 appearances during the 2012/13 season to help the Eagles secure promotion from the Championship. He spent the first half of this season on loan at Reading but has been brought back into the side by Pardew. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Jordon Mutch and Shola Ameobi will bring the goals and guts to rescue the Eagles from relegation this season. “I was impressed by Mutch at Cardiff last season when I was Newcastle boss,” Pardew said. “It’s true that he has had a number of injuries. You never know with a young player. “He has fantastic technique. His left foot hit is as hard as his right. It’s difficult to work out. “One of our defensive statements is to not show the goal to a player, but it is very difficult not to show him the goal because he goes both sides and hits it just as well off both feet. “He will score goals. His fitness and playing every week is the benchmark for him.” Mutch scored seven times for Cardiff in the Barclays Premier League last season and Pardew admits he sought advice from former Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay, whom he knows from his time as West Ham manager. “I spoke to Malky about him,” Pardew said. “It would have been silly of me not to because Malky was my old skipper. Palace completed deals for both players on Thursday morning, with Mutch signing a four-and-a-half-year contract and Ameobi joining until the end of the campaign. Mutch only moved to QPR last summer but injuries hindered the midfielder and he only managed 11 appearances for Harry Redknapp’s side. Press Associationlast_img read more

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