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Sorry for the late notice, but I’ll be appearing on an investigative reporting panel today at Berkeley. Details below:
Investigative Reporting Seminar with Professor Lowell Bergman
When: April 3, 2009, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm
Where: North Gate Library, Hearst at Euclid Avenue, Berkeley
Tickets: This is a free event.
As part of the 3rd Annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting April 3-5th, Professor Lowell Bergman’s weekly investigative reporting for print and television seminar will include a handful of print and radio reporters dedicated to reporting in the public interest: Pulitzer-prize winning reporter David Barstow of the New York Times, Richard Behar of Fortune, Bill Gertz of the Washington Times, Ken Silverstein of Harpers, Peter Waldman of Portfolio and Daniel Zwerdling of NPR. Lowell Bergman will moderate.
This seminar is dedicated to providing graduate students and attendees of the Logan Symposium with a unique opportunity to learn ‘how the sausage is made.’ Expect to learn how this group of respected reporters cultivates sources, develops and realizes story ideas, and in the end write compelling narratives.
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A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”