The 2013 George Polk Awards in Journalism were announced. The winners are some familiar stories that you probably read: The New York Times‘ ‘Invisible Child’ opus about Letitia James’ new BFF Dasani Coates, The Record‘s reporting on the traffic problems the George Washington Bridge, The Miami Times for the A-Rod biogenesis scandal and more (including honoring the journalists who broke the NSA story in The Guardian) (LIU.com) Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/14 1:50pm
Valentine’s Day, like many public celebrations of love, may be a nice idea in theory but in actuality is a minefield of anxiety.
There is the questions it raises about relationship status. There is the pressure it creates to demonstrate affection and intention through commerce. There is the stress of seeing everyone else’s relationships splashed all over social media. There is the awkwardness of restaurants packed with couples on dates because it’s February 14 and that’s just what you are supposed to do. Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/14 9:30am
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/13 2:00pm
Comcast announced its plan to acquire Time Warner Cable this morning, which is a big deal because it would make Comcast, currently the country’s largest cable company, even larger and a lot of money is involved.
But like most New Yorkers, we mostly care about how things affect us. So it’s a relief to know that NY1 won’t change. At least, for now. Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/13 9:45am
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/12 5:35pm
New York is basically unbearable right now.
It’s so unpleasantly, intensely cold that we keep coming up with new terms to describe the fact that it is cold. It’s going to snow again this week. And it will probably snow again every week ever because really, there is just no end in sight. And ice pellets! Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/12 3:10pm
The New York Post is calling out The Daily News for hypocritically writing about the dangers of ice falling off of a building, even though a building managed by News publisher Mort Zuckerman’s Boston Properties is also dropping chunks of ice that (like all falling ice) is potentially dangerous.
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/12 11:15am
Last Thursday, Off the Record found itself in a nondescript room in Tribeca with a copy of Thursday’s New York Times in our lap, dissecting the paper of record from a feminist perspective.
“Taking something so popular is really our jumping-off point to get at what feminism means today,” said Jen Kennedy, a Canadian writer Read More
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/12 9:07am
By Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke 2/07 10:50am
The opening ceremony starts today, but the Olympics have already gotten a lot of press. Here is a round-up of just some of the pre-coverage.
Putrid water, shoddy hotels, cold showers and other hazards of reporting from an Olympic zone have made complaining on Twitter a popular past time. #SochiProblems is trending and @SochiProblems has lots of followers. (Mashable) Read More