I wrote a looong email to my journalism teacher. Im taking journalism101 "News Writing and Reporting" at San Francisco City College. I have no expectations of becoming a fulltime reporter, I just wanted some writing instruction to hopefully publish an article in a tech mag somewhere someday.
But this email which just came out made me realize I have pent up feelings: resentment, shared anxiety, compassion, outrage for the news business today. Originally I sent Jon (the teacher) a NYTimes article about podcasting, and asked him why The SF Chronicle (our local paper) has a less than stellar tech beat. He responded that "Some people would say the Chron has pretty extensive tech reporting, but those are opinions" he has no opinion (_sigh_), and asked me to elaborate. (Email below).
It was lame. It boils down to: 1) tech beat and 2) front page layout, headline writing and font choice.