If you’re not including what will be the majority demographic in our country at the table in positions of leadership, your company just could not be destined for the level of success it should be destined for
Tristan Walker, founder of Code2040.
While my personal capacity to tell technology stories in the past year has diversified, I’ve noticed something: my beat is rapidly disappearing.
Dave Lee, technology reporter for the BBC
Sometimes the CIA or the director of national intelligence or the NSA or the White House will call about a story. You hit the brakes, you hear the arguments, and it’s always a balancing act: the importance of the information to the public versus the claim of harming national security. Over time, the government too reflexively said to the Times, “you’re going to have blood on your hands if you publish X,” and because of the frequency of that, the government lost a little credibility. But you do listen and seriously worry. Editors are Americans too. We don’t want to help terrorists.
Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of The New York Times, to Cosmopolitan. I’m Not Ashamed of Being Fired.
In a Q&A with Cosmo, Abramson talks about life after the Times and offers good advice to young journos. For example:
I taught at Yale for five years when I was managing editor and what I tried to stress for students interested in journalism, rather than picking a specialty, like blogging or being a videographer, was to master the basics of really good storytelling, have curiosity and a sense of how a topic is different than a story, and actually go out and witness and report. If you hone those skills, you will be in demand, as those talents are prized. There is too much journalism right now that is just based on people scraping the Internet and riffing off something else.
It all comes back to storytelling.
This profile on Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of Re/code, is a must-read.
Related: Swisher will lead a session on launching new news efforts at this year’s Online News Association Conference with Melissa Bell, senior product manager/executive editor at Vox.com and Lara Setrakian, CEO of News Deeply. There’s still time to register for ONA14 at a discounted rate.
[T]he little, insidious coincidences that start to add up and grate. It’s when no women (or people of color) are featured as speakers at tech conferences or even considered among the most “desirable” innovators to be invited. It’s when a man and a woman walk into a room, and the man is assumed to be the leader. It’s the online comments left by trolls each time a story about women in technology is published. And it’s even when an exhibitor doesn’t bother to spend a few minutes to acknowledge a female journalist who wants to learn more about the company and its products. It all begs the question about whether the technology industry is as much of a meritocracy as it likes to believe it is.