The Cats of Naxos: Mobile reporting from Greece, where they have a large population of feral cats

An attempt at mobile reporting from Greece. I used Pinnacle Pro and edited on my tablet. Worked great but offers  only one video track. I had problems with the audio unrelated to the editing software. , I had to wait until I got a computer to get it up on Vimeo because the audio clips was too big and I couldn’t figure out how to compress it on the phone or tablet. Still working on it, and finding that music.

Also, I recorded it off the radio, so unless it’s a traditional folk song, my use is probably a copyright violation. That means I need to change it — stay posted. It shouldn’t  be hard to find some open source Greek bouzouki music.

May 2018 Cats of Naxos from Tinker Ready on Vimeo.

#Presson: #Sources, #Spotlight and survival

first_frontIn today’s Globe, Sacha Pfeiffer pays tribute to Joe Crowley,  and man who told his story of abuse as the hands of a Boston priest for the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series:  “A bond of sorts sometimes develops between reporters and people who share with them these kinds of intimate, traumatic stories. That’s probably why Joe and I never fell out of touch.”

You can read the whole piece here. And while you’re at it, think about subscribing to The Globe or your local paper. Digital — about a dollar a day for — paper it doesn’t matter. Do your part to keep good journalism alive.

Posted by Spotlight Movie on Monday, February 29, 2016

She sums it up like this:

Joe Crowley died at age 58 on Easter Sunday, a date that can’t help but feel symbolic, his body finally surrendering to his illnesses. He passed away in an apartment he had recently moved into in Brookline, a private residence run by the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter.

“Sacha, I’m so loving my new place,” he wrote in August. “It’s so quiet. Such a beautiful street . . . and completely refurbished. One can still smell the fresh paint on the walls.”

No matter what situation he found himself in, he was determined to persevere.

It was an honor to know you, Joe Crowley. You made me laugh. You helped me understand the lasting trauma of sex abuse and the power of human will. And you emboldened countless other survivors to release their painful secrets and reclaim their lives.

That is a life well-lived.

Use 3rd party databases, but confirm findings and disclose source

CaptureIn my mail this morning from a group called Good Jobs First. Lots of advocacy groups generate their own data. Often, it’s stuff you can’t easily get elsewhere, like violations of economic development agreements.

Use it, double check what you come up with and always ID the source. Here, government development agencies might complain the data is biased. Disclosure is on answer to that.

 

 

April 13, 2017

To Our Journalist Friends:

We thought you would like to know about an excellent article by Stephen Koff in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com that makes great use of the information in both of the Good Jobs First databases: Violation Tracker and Subsidy Tracker. Koff uses Violation Tracker to identify the most penalized companies in Ohio and also notes the subsidies each has received. The article can be found here.

If you’d like help using the Trackers to do a similar analysis for your state, contact Good Jobs First research director Phil Mattera at pmattera@goodjobsfirst.org.

Next week we will post an update of Violation Tracker containing data from two additional agencies: the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division (more than 30,000 cases going back to the beginning of 2010) and the Federal Communications Commission. The update will also include cases from all agencies during the first two months of the Trump Administration.

If you are working on a piece about the United Air Lines scandal, note that Violation Tracker contains data on cases brought by the Aviation Consumer Protection Division of the Transportation Department since 2010. United leads in total penalties from this agency.