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Posts Tagged ‘Amy Harmon’

Author Michael Pollan Fills In the GMO, NYT Blanks

One of the lessons here is be careful what you tweet before unplugging for summer vacation.

On July 28, author Michael Pollan made a Twitter observation about a New York Times investigation into genetically modified oranges authored by Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Harmon; his tweet set the Internet on fire. Today, Columbia Journalism Review contributor Alexis Sobel Fitts shares the highlights of a much longer telephone conversation with Pollan.

The erudite CJR reader comments are already coming in. Pollan basically runs through the GMO industry “talking points” that he cryptically referred to in his original tweet. Starting with:

Talking Point 1 The idea that GM products have received extensive safety testing—including long-term feeding trials—is a common industry talking point. The truth is American regulators haven’t required any feeding trials; Europeans have, but they’re not long, only 90 days.

Here are the two phrases from Harmon’s piece that he’s talking about…

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New York Times Experiments with Reader Comments

It started over the weekend with Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Harmon‘s article “A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA.” Along the right-hand side of the Web version, several reader comments have been pulled and highlighted under the heading Readers’ Perspectives.

The paper’s deputy editor of interactive news, Marc Lavallee, tells journalism.co.uk that the approach is designed mainly for readers who do not take the time to wade through reader comments. At press time, Harmon’s GMO-flavored item had 736 reader reactions. From journalism.co.uk technology editor Sarah Marshall‘s piece:

The comments were elevated from below the line, placed alongside the story in a similar style to how Times‘much-discussed Snowfall presentation uses pull quotes and and visual pointers alongside the main narrative.

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Three New York Times Pulitzer Winners Ask Paper to Meet Contract Demands

Kevin Sack, Dan Barry and Amy Harmon — all Pulitzer Prize winners at The New York Times — have asked the paper to meet the union’s contract demands. In the video above, the three make the case that the paper should pay up, but Sack kicks things up a notch.

“I think one of the real changes out there in the media landscape out there, that we have to be aware of, is that there are alternatives now,” said Sack. “The electronic media evolution has gotten to the point where there are competing organizations that will pick off Times reporters and are able to pay them significantly higher salaries than the paper is putting forth at this point.”

Damn. Sack is not one for subtlety.

It’s unfortunate that this has gone on for so long, but even with videos like this, it’s probably going to be awhile before anything gets resolved.

SoCal and the Pulitzer: We Stand Corrected So Much, We’re Actually Going to Sit Down Now, Thank You

pulitzaaaer.jpgSo, remember when we said that Mark Katches was the closest thing to a Pulitzer SoCal got? And then it turned out that a former local freelancer won in Bangkok? And then Veronique de Turenne reminded us that, actually, the LAT garnered two finalists slots?

Well, now, Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed asks why in Gaia’s name haven’t we mentioned the other former L.A. folks who actually, you know, won them suckers this year?

Good question, K-Rod. Our apologies to former LAT cartoonist Michael Ramirez and Amy Harmon. And congratulations!

Now we’ll go back to sitting alone in our rooms, making shit up.