At a time when so many are writing anniversary stories looking back on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Chicago Tribune columnist Kristen McQueary wrote a column under the headline "In Chicago, Wishing for a Hurricane Katrina."
That headline was changed after readers took great offense to McQueary's assertion that the city of Chicago needs a storm the size and strength of Katrina to reset the city's mounting debt, it's struggling schools and it's political infighting.
Kristen McQueary, Chicago Tribune: “Chicago, New Orleans and rebirth”
Editorial, New Orleans Times-Picayune: “New Orleans to clueless outsiders: We wouldn’t wish Katrina on anyone”
Heather Nolan, NOLA.com: “Chicago Tribune columnist wishes for a Hurricane Katrina”
Adam Johnson, Alter Net: “Most evil op-ed ever? Writer wishes Katrina-like storm to hit Chicago”
Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post: “Chicago Tribune columnist wants a figurative Katrina and rebirth for Chicago”
Kim Bellware, Huffington Post: “Tone-deaf Chicago Tribune Op-Ed says Hurricane Katrina was good for New Orleans”
Scott Eric Kaufman, Salon: “Twitter demolishes conservative Chicago Tribune editor for “wishing a #HurricaneKatrina would strike her city”
Gary Rivlin, New York Times: "Why New Orleans's black residents are still under water after Katrina"
NBC Universal's investment in BuzzFeed, Fusion launches virtual reality unit
NBC Universal is investing $200 million in BuzzFeed to support and expand its video and documentary programming offerings. Meanwhile, Fusion announces it will create a virtual reality unit. Do these ventures signal a marriage between old and new media?
Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed: “Big News”
Benjamin Mullin, Poynter: “Fusion to create new virtual reality unit”
Dan Archer, Reynolds Journalism Institute/Fusion: “Fergsuon Firsthand”
Meg Dalton, MediaShift: “Virtual Reality: the future of narrative journalism”
Ellen Huet, Forbes: “’Inspire people to care’: Using virtual reality to create immersive journalism”
Sesame Street detours to HBO
The Children's Television Workshop and HBO have entered into an agreement that will move Sesame Street to the premium cable network starting this season. Nine months after new episodes run on HBO, they'll repeat on PBS. This is leading many to question how the program -- which has often been credited with providing early-childhood education to children from low-income families -- will continue to carry out that purpose.
Joshua Barajas, PBS: “’Sesame Street’ moves t HBO, with re-airs on PBS”
Judy Woodruff, PBS News Hour: “Does Sesame Street’s new address change it’s mission?”
Charles Bramesco, Forbes: “’Sesame Street’ goes to HBO, raising question of moral obligation in business”
Eric Westervelt, NPR: “As ‘Sesame Street’ heads to HBO, will low-income kids lose out?”
James Poniewozik, Time: “It’s not easy making green: Why the Sesame Street deal hurts parents more than kids”
Stephanie McNeal, BuzzFeed: “Now that ‘Sesame Street’ is airing on HBO, we have some ideas for mashups”
AT&T's partnership with the NSA
In another bit of information gleaned from the documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the New York Times and Pro-Publica reported a special relationship between AT&T and the National Security Agency.
Jeff Larson, Julia Angwin, Henrik Moltke & Laura Poitras, ProPublica: “A trail of evidence leading to AT&T’s partnership with the NSA”
Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras & James Risen, New York Times: “AT&T helped U.S. spy on internet on a vast scale”
Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Charlie Savage and James Risen, Henrik Moltke and Laura Poitras, ProPublica: “NSA spying relies on AT&T’s ‘extreme willingness to help’"
Amazon's corporate culture cutthroat, described as 'bruising'
Another investigation in the New York Times unveiled a corporate culture at online retail giant that can only be described as competitive and cutthroat.
Jodi Kantor & David Streitfeld, New York Times: “Inside Amazon: Wrestling big ideas in a bruising workplace”
David Streitfeld & Jodi Kantor, New York Times: “Jeff Bezos says Amazon won’t tolerate ‘callous’ management practice”
Seth Fiegerman, Mashable: “Amazon is not a ‘soulless, dystopian workplace,’ despite what you’ve read”
Justin Fox, Bloomberg View: “A job at Amazon isn’t for everybody”
Nick Gass, POLITICO: “Jay Carney: NYTimes article on Amazon fundamentally flawed”
'Straight Outta Compton' strikes a nerve
The new biopic feature film raked in close to $56 million at the box office this weekend.
Tommy Christopher, Mediaite: “Straight Outta Compton leaves assault on female journo straight outta the movie”
Andrea Park, CBS News: “’Straight Outta Compton’ not playing in Compton”
NPR Staff, NPR: “A meme gets and uncomfortable backstory in ‘Straight Outta Compton’”
Tim Grierson, Rolling Stone: “How ‘Straight Outta Compton’ became a summer blockbuster”
Scott Mendelson, Forbes: “F. Gary Gray traded ‘Captian America’ for ‘Straight Outta Compton’”
Tommy Christopher, The Daily Banter: “From the Vault: My long lost interview with ‘Straight Outta Compton’ director F. Gary Gray”