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Posts Tagged ‘Erika Hayasaki’

So What Do You Do, Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and EIC of Narratively?

Noah-Rosenberg-Article If there’s anything you should get from Noah Rosenberg‘s story, it’s that you should probably keep a notebook next to your bed — the brilliant thought that strikes you just before shut-eye could very well turn into a viable business. In Rosenberg’s case, his feverish, middle-of-the-night scribblings became Narratively, a multimedia platform dedicated to the human interest, slow-burn storytelling he’d always had a passion for and feared would disappear along with shrinking newsroom resources. He still has that notebook, by the way.

Narratively recently celebrated its two-year anniversary and so much has been accomplished since it first appeared on the Web. The site was placed on Time‘s “50 Best Websites of 2013″ within a year of its launch, its contributors have been approached for book deals, iconic pieces like “The Secret Life of a Manhattan Doorman” have attracted Hollywood’s attention, brands reach out to members of Narratively’s network of about 1,000 freelancers for high-quality content production, and people around the globe continue to flock to Narratively to read and watch its original content.

And of course Rosenberg is brimming with more and more ideas to tap into an even broader audience. Think spinoff sites like Narratively [Insert Name of Major City Here], Narratively Sports, Narratively Tech, or Narratively Food; iPhone and Android apps; Narratively Film Studios; a book; and more. “I think because of our ability to find these stories in unlikely places and to really tell these stories in a beautiful, meaningful way, we’re finding this wealth of opportunity, and we’re really excited about what the future will hold.” Rosenberg chats with Mediabistro about his on-the-job journalism training, Narratively’s beginnings and his plans for expansion.

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How an LA Times Reporter Learned to Face Death to Understand Life

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In the 2010 HBO documentary about his life, Dr. Jack Kevorkian espoused what he had learned after years of helping disease-addled patients end their own lives: Once you accept death as part of life, you will no longer fear it. Forget the rituals, the Christian ideas of afterlife. Death was the final chapter. The chemical reactions that kept your heart beating all this time ceased. In place of your consciousness, sweet, serene nothingness. Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote often about his atheism and humanism, praised his rationale — the Cat’s Cradle author even wrote a radio play entitled, ironically, “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian.” He shared Kevorkian’s view that understanding and accepting death could help you forge a more moral life.

In her debut book The Death Class: A Story About Life, journalist Erika Hayasaki seems to present this theory through a case study.

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NYC-TV Get’s LAT’s OK

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For some unknown reason, the LA Times editors think a story about NYC-TV, the city gov’t channel, is a Politics:National story. Writing about Kelly Choi, the hottie host of Secrets of New York, Erika Hayasaki claims:

Choi has become a New York icon, with bloggers obsessed with finding hidden messages in her jewelry. (Playing to her fans, producers once scanned a code from “The Matrix” onto one of her chokers.)

There’s no evidence that many bloggers are obsessed with Choi or her jewelry, outside of a few Gothamist commenters a year ago. Jill Gardner, whose NY Sun piece must have been handy background, was a little less dramatic:

Her spiky high-heeled boots, cinched black coat, and regularly rotating jewelry are so carefully watched by fans that the producers had a code from “The Matrix” scanned onto one of her chokers.

Maybe the Times editors were sending a secret message of their own to the dismal local channel, LA36, which brings new meaning to the word unwatchable.

LAT in 90

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Santa Monica already has the nuts.
Santa Monica tries again to control the squirrels–birth control shots. Of course, the shots can cost up to 10 bucks each, and don’t start working for three months. Maybe the city should try abstinence-only sex ed for squirrels.

Beckham bends it the wrong way.
David Beckham injured his right knee in Madrid. Does he have to use the National Health Service in the UK? The Brits think his career is over anyway.

Beowulf on ice.

Tow-away zone.
Ken Layne, Wonkette’s West Coast editor, has an op-ed about parking in Los Angeles or rather not parking in Los Angeles.

Get back Loretta!
Rep. Loretta Sanchez gave an interview while stripping down to bra and panties. Allegedly, if she was a guy, she’d be taken more seriously.

Kids say the darndest things.
In New York, people use the “N-word”, according to Erika Hayasaki. Soon to be a 7-part series.