Monday, July 5, 2010

Links: Oil, pot and journalism

Posted By on Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 12:45 PM

If you're at work today, looking for something to help pass the time, and you've already read this week's Indy cover to cover, here are seven stories from other alternative newspapers worth reading.

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On June 22, Vancouver photographer Kris Krug finished up a week-long shoot in the Gulf of Mexico. He couldn’t believe what he saw. "As soon as you get out there, it fucking punches you in the gut,” Krug told Vancouver's alt weekly, the Straight. “Unless you are out there near the source, up in the air, it is hard to really imagine the scope [of the BP oil spill]. It is from horizon to horizon and way, way beyond.” Krug's full gallery appears on Flickr.

Indy Week thinks it knows where the next oil disaster will happen: the North Carolina coast.

Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel handed in his resignation June 25. The Village Voice explains why, and how it's "a story about the state of dialogue and opinion, of ethical gray lines and competing reporters, and the way a fast news cycle — like a strong tide — can politicize an issue until it ends in the worst way possible."

Speaking of journalism stories, the Chicago Reader last week fired its editor, Alison True, after she'd worked at the paper for nearly 30 years. The reasons raised some eyebrows, particularly this bit from publisher Alison Draper: "The editor of the Reader," said Draper, "has to work closely with sales to find innovative ways to take our fair share of the dollars that are shrinking and shrinking quickly." Draper said she wouldn't "blur" the line between editorial and advertising, but she would "push" it. More from the Reader's blog and senior editor Michael Miner.

Chances are you've heard of Kyron Horman, the Oregon boy who mysteriously went missing more than a month ago. Less reported, however, is the documented in-fighting among the boy's family over the years. Willamette Week reported on that history, as did The Oregonian, and both news outlets were banned from the family's latest press conference.

One side-effect of the medical marijuana industry has been fears of rampant crime. Not so fast, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. Local stats show minimal criminal activity, and evidence in other cities is similarly benign.

Lastly, this is an excerpt from "Holy war," a story written by Jeff Inglis for The Boston Phoenix about how "Catholics, Mormons and evangelicals seek to control our lives":

[T]heir line of argument is clear: not only are we responsible for our own salvation, but we must endeavor to save others, even from themselves. The consequences of failure are severe: true followers of each of these three faiths believe that, if one of their flock is aware of a sin, even one committed by others, and does not act to prevent it and reform the sinner, then the believer is as guilty of the sin as the person who actually committed it. And it is true that there is no better way to impose a set of restrictions across the entire population than by law.

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