Working together can be tricky for both whistleblowers and journalists. Here’s some help.

The group “Blueprint for Free Speech” has launched a new report “outlining how journalists can work responsibly to safeguard whistleblowers.” The report organization staff and 20 international journalists and experts.

The Perugia Principles for Journalists Working with Whistleblowers in the Digital Age seek to guide journalists in their interactions with whistleblowers. Particularly, they outline how to navigate the problems which have arisen from the Digital Age, which often compromise globally established obligations for journalists surrounding confidential sources, as well as strong traditions of legal source protection. These new Digital Age challenges to the legal and ethical frameworks, put in place to support investigative journalism and whistleblowers, are what the Perugia Principles seek to address.

The Boston Globe’s #Metro Minute lives on page B2. It needs a better spot on the home page.

Disclosure: The editor of the Metro Minute and its sidekick , Get Smart, is a member of the family. 

Still, we all could use to lighten up. So it would be nice to see this daily pair of brights, listicles and what we used to call alternative story forms  find a home on  The stories are scattered on the site but, subscribers can find the full Metro Minute it in the e-paper. 

A few samples

Writing about the birth and rebirth of a roller coaster

by Tinker Ready

In 1983, I wrote a story for the Valley Advocate in Springfield, Massachusetts about a new roller coaster.  I interviewed the designer on the construction site in what was then Riverside Amusement Park in Agawam. “There’s not much to it, ” William C. Cobb said. “It’s pure physics.”

I rode it about 2005 and it was pretty rickety, especially compared to the new monorail coaster I had just ridden.

In 2015, I heard they same coaster was being revamped by the current owner, Six Flags. So, I wrote about the updated Wicked Cyclone for The Boston Globe. This time, I got to ride it with a video camera. Not rickety anymore.





Riding the Wicked Cyclone with the Go Pro from Tinker Ready on Vimeo.

I have never in my life heard so many people say such nice things about journalists.

And, I’ve been a journalist for a long time. It just keeps on coming.

From the Sunday NY Times conversation with Catherine MacKinnon, “a pioneer and lightning rod for sex equality.”…Last month, she met Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who, more recently, became a public face of sexual harassment. 

CM Women have talked to each other about this issue forever. But the media’s reporting it, and staying on it, is an amazing credit to journalists. They discovered that this is a story with legs. It matters, and it’s everywhere. It’s not just for the latest iteration of the women’s page. It’s in sports, politics, business, tech. Now that they’ve discovered the abuse is everywhere, they can cover it everywhere. It also means that men in power — generally white men, wealthy men — can’t afford to ignore it, which they’d always been able to do before. Now it’s going to cost them — their customers, their advertisers — in a way that’s going to bring them down. 

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