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A Romenesko reader writes: “‘Troy McClure’ witnesses assault outside of Motel 6 in Bangor Maine. You’d think the BDN [Bangor Daily News] reporters (or cops) would be Simpsons fans…..”
I called Sgt. Tim Cotton and he assures us the cops and newspaper weren’t pranked. “It actually is Troy McClure. We know him pretty well. He’s been arrested before, but he did a good thing that night.”
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) November 2, 2014
Pulitzer-winning science writer Laurie Garrett is reporting and tweeting from Liberia this week – after a 28-hour flight. The Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow for global health writes that “in addition to regular luggage, it was necessary to pack extra supplies for this trip, including sufficient hand wipes, masks, gloves, and other such protective gear — enough to incur $150.00 in overweight baggage fees. The airport security check at JFK featured a 40-minute grilling from TSA, which included questions like: why I was going to the epidemic, whom I did I plan to see, and what I did I plan to do in Liberia.”
The purpose of Garrett’s trip, according to her Monday story, is “to see Ebola-ravaged Liberia, up close and personal.” An email she sent to family and friends on October 24th – Garrett was unhappy that it was forwarded to me – notes that she’ll be with a film crew:
So I know you don’t want to hear this, but I am heading to Liberia soon. There is always a chance something will prevent this trip – the airlines are cutting flights and my employer is very nervous. BUT in all probability I will be flying next week and returning mid-November, and then being in homebound quarantine for 21 days.
I will be with a film crew, and we are all going to be watching each others’ backs – one member of the team is an infectious diseases MD and we have protective gear. As you all know I’ve been in Ebola before – completely solo with zero gear, so I honestly do not think there is anything to worry about on the health front. I AM worried that our government will cancel all flights or somehow make it impossible for me to come home, and I’ll be stranded god-knows-where.
She wrote in her email that she plans to return to her Brooklyn home on November 15, and begin her quarantine. But… “I will cancel the whole trip if my government stipulates that I have to spend 21 days in some isolation lock-up other than my apartment.” (Obviously, that didn’t happen.)
“So here’s the deal – 21 days inside even my scenic apartment is enough to drive anybody stark raving mad. And it includes Thanksgiving! So I have a few favors to ask.” One is to pass along book, film, and TV show recommendations. She told her email recipients that “if it was on HBO, Showtime or the major networks, I probably saw it. If it was on PBS, Cinemax, FXX, Amazon Prime or any other pay-per-view or subscriber net I probably never saw it.”
She added: “I will be eager to hear your voices during that long self-imprisonment so please call – preferable on the land line.”
More from her email:
I am hoping that the paranoia in the City will have calmed down by the time I get back and it will be ok for me to do some things that have ZERO possibility of infecting others, such as riding my bike.
Regardless, I’m sure that by the time I come out of quarantine Dec. 5 I will be ready to PARTY.
Garrett was upset about her email being leaked to me, and didn’t answer questions about her trip. I’ve asked the Council on Foreign Relations press office about the journalist’s mission, and I’m waiting for a call back.
Finally, a fun fact from Garrett: Today is Turkey Day in Liberia.
Throwback Thursday: Life.com editor Ben Cosgrove says this is “the only cover among the thousands published by Life magazine, across five decades, that did not feature the famous red-and-white Life logo in the upper left-hand corner.” An editor’s note in the April 26, 1937, issue told readers that “Life’s title is not boldly superimposed on this week’s cover because that would have spoiled the composition” of the photo.
There’s something to be admired about a publisher who would forgo, even temporarily, his magazine’s distinctive logo simply because he felt it would impinge on the integrity of a photograph … of a rooster.
Nicely played, Mr. Luce. Nicely played, indeed.
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* NPR gets into hip-hop and R&B. (washingtonpost.com)
* What to do with that tweet idea you came up with in the shower. (medium.com)
* “Serial” – a podcast brought to you by the “This American Life” people – is said to be a hit. (wsj.com)
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* How Time, Storyful and Vice News are using social media in their reporting. (journalism.co.uk)
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* A powerful Penn State Collegian page one story. (collegemediamatters.com)
* Naturally, a banner ad is served up with New York Times’ “Fall of the Banner Ad” piece. (@TimMcDougall13)
* As if we didn’t know: The prof who came up with a “Doctor Who” college course admits it was a gimmick. (theatlantic.com)
* News video aggregator Watchup gets new funding from Tribune Media, McClatchy and others. (niemanlab.org)
* A C-SPAN “Washington Journal” caller is quickly cut off after using the n-word. (talkingpointsmemo.com)
* JOBS: A newspaper features editor and radio regional affairs desk editor wanted. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Toronto Star is dropping its paywall. (theglobeandmail.com)
* ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte begins his “goodbye tour.” (espn.go.com)
* Rupert Murdoch‘s Australian says Murdoch’s bet on newspapers is paying off. (theaustralian.com.au) | (capitalnewyork.com)
* Might Pierre Omidyar be interested in Digital First Media’s Bay Area newspapers? (niemanlab.org)
* Bloomberg Media is named “Most Innovative Publisher” by Digiday. (digiday.com)
* Average age? AOL still has 2.2 million dial-up subscribers. (mediabistro.com)
* This year’s Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Judith Martin, aka “Miss Manners.” (columnists.com)
* Pew Research: One-in-five Americans share their faith online in an average week. (pewforum.org)
* “Gross and sophomoric” uwmadison_snaps “captured the lives of today’s college students in a way only an anonymous social media application is capable of.” (badgerherald.com) | Students mourn its demise. (twitter.com)