When her editor described four murdered women as “nobodies,” she thought, “That was what made them so interesting . . . sisters in anonymity, like all of us.”

Women like Loretta McLaughlin made life in the newsroom much easier for those who came after. And for those we covered.

By Bryan Marquard Globe Staff  November 25, 2018

It was the fourth murder “that galvanized my attention,” Loretta McLaughlin would later recall while writing about Boston’s stifling summer of 1962. She sensed the deaths were connected and wanted to write more than a single newspaper story.

Journalist Loretta McLaughlin

“An editor disputed the worth of a series on the four dead women, noting that they were ‘nobodies,’ ” she wrote in the Globe 30 years later. “That was it exactly, I felt. Why should anyone murder four obscure women. That was what made them so interesting . . . sisters in anonymity, like all of us.”

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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Hey students — Rough cuts: Mobile multimedia from the #womensmarch

I was trying to do fun multimedia at the march this weekend.  My ancient laptop wasn’t working right, so I had to work with my phone shots and mobile apps.

(I brought my DSLR and sputtering Tascam tape recorder for a couple of reason. The camera makes me stand out from the phone snap-shotters. It has a zoom lens. And I had extra batteries. (Had a power bank for the phone too, which worked out.) The quality of my audio recorder used to be better than the phone

Here’ s what I did on my phone with an app called “Adobe Spark.”


Here’s what I did about ten minutes ago with a  new-to-me phone app called “Pinnacle Pro.” I think it costs $10, but there’s a free version. It’s a little trickier than the iMovie app,  but it has multiple tracks, so you can run audio under photos.

I can already see stuff I have to fix. Also, I see a lot more Nasty Women shots from the DSLR, so I might add them and look for more online — non -copyrighted of course.