This is not your typical installment of “Adventures in *Journalism*” in which I try to make sense of my circuitous career path. I’ve been working on one of those (a juicy one), but in light of the justified upheaval in response to the murder of George Floyd, this doesn’t feel like the right moment to write about myself.
Instead today I want to draw your attention to the assault on journalism when we need it most — and on journalists, literally, when they are making tremendous sacrifices — and ask you to consider contributing some organizations that support them. (List at the bottom.)
At a time when the president has targeted the press as an enemy of the people; when we are being governed by what is basically a multinational crime syndicate; when police are arresting and assaulting reporters at Black Lives Matter protests — a time when our democracy depends on a diverse, free, well-funded Fourth Estate to report the truth of what is happening — profit-minded media companies are instead defunding news outlets, laying off reporters, editors, and other staff, and in some cases shutting publications down altogether.
The field is also woefully white, affluent, male, regularly-abled, and cis-hetero, with not nearly enough diversity among reporters, opinion writers, editors, photographers, art directors, fact-checkers, and support staff.
In all this, begging to be written are indictments of unfettered capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, preferably by financial/political journalists more adept at that than I am.
In the mean time, I’ll just leave some links here. This is not any kind of comprehensive list, by the way. Please consider contributing to one or more of these organizations if you can. And please subscribe to newspapers, magazines, websites, and other organizations that are still doing good work.
• The National Bail Fund Network has links to bail funds around the United States. Journalists are being arrested along with protesters. Donations support them and civilians being detained.
• The American Civil Liberties Union defends journalists who have been detained.
• Unicorn Riot, commercial free, viewer-funded media.
• This Journalist Furlough Fund on GoFundMe raises money for journalists who have been furloughed or laid off during the Coronavirus pandemic.
• The Marshall Project, non-profit journalism about criminal justice.
• ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom in the public interest.
Please join me in seeking a more diverse press, and supporting reporters on the front lines of multiple ongoing crises while under assault by the current administration and capitalism.
(I’ll be back on my B.S. with a post about my work life in the mid-90s when the time feels right.)