Wednesday, October 1, 2014
As a newcomer, and a late starter to motherhood, I do suddenly understand why so many women seemingly disappear after having children … My female colleagues [who] have not had families progress forward and upwards. Those [who] do have to make choices: these involve compromising seniority for fewer working hours, reduced working weeks, child-friendly hours,” she said in an email interview with me. “This might only happen for five years or so, but that’s enough to amount to a serious setback in terms of career progression. Even the most supportive organization cannot erase the effect of these choices on their female employees’ progression.

- Head of Operations at FT.com Lisa MacLeod

The Rise (and Fall) of Female Editors | Mediashift | PBS

I think about this. A lot.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Announcements: I’m joining First Look Media

When I was trying to decide what to do next, I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish. The list goes something like this:

Build cool things with good people. This is the reason I left KPCC to be a part of Thunderdome. I had worked with a great team to build a great app and the roleI wanted in building new things wasn’t possible there.

Work at a non-legacy company or at least one that acts non-legacy. To say that I have been burned by legacy is a bit of an understatement. I painfully recognize that it’s difficult to pave new paths in legacy. I hope one day I change my mind.

Stay in LA, and help media grow around here. The reasons for staying here are personal, but as I’ve rambled about before, I think there is space to do great journalism from and about the West Coast, where tech, wine and entertainment grow.

Do more things. Create more journalism. I loved being a social media editor, but I hated Twitter monkeying and strategy was fun, but not as fulfilling as storytelling. Similarly, I loved working on the revenue problem at Beacon Reader, but I missed being a part of creating stories.

After a long search, all of these have been fulfilled. I’m joining First Look Media, as a producer for the yet-to-be-named social reporting team led by Andy Carvin.

I met Andy pre-Arab Spring and have always looked up to his passion for exploration and stories. He is also just a nice guy, who I think will make a great boss, and can teach me a lot about working with communities around the world.

First Look, as a company, is full of other journalists I’ve read and respect. Yes, they have changed direction. But I’d rather be at a company that knows when to change, than one that sticks in the mud as things go wrong, or waits too long to examine its direction.

What will my job be? We’re going to tell stories that matter, on the platforms where people gather to tell them. We will move in whatever direction that takes us. For the first time in my career, I can report a story where it makes most sense — whether on a web site, a social platform, or whatever is next. 

This job is still social, but it’s a new direction. Social media for this team isn’t an afterthought, or a place to take content from. It’s an audience to work with and for. We’ll be true to that audience and those platforms in our reporting, something I’ve long wanted to do. 

I’m currently wrapping up a great short-term run as the digital editor of Marketplace’s web site and I’ll start at First Look in November. 

In short, I’m excited about the next few months. Really excited.

P.S. If you know someone who would be a good fit to be my other Anchor-like half (or any of the open positions), Andy and I I would love to hear of it. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Today, a stegosaurus joins the @babybel flock. #babybelsculpture via Instagram http://ift.tt/XdMuLm

Today, a stegosaurus joins the @babybel flock. #babybelsculpture via Instagram http://ift.tt/XdMuLm

I am all about this nouveau way of making cha but man, how can you forget the cinnamon??

 (via How to Make Jamie Bissonnette Vietnamese Bologna | Tasting Table Reci[e)

I am all about this nouveau way of making cha but man, how can you forget the cinnamon??

(via How to Make Jamie Bissonnette Vietnamese Bologna | Tasting Table Reci[e)

Monday, September 15, 2014
Next in my @babybel dinosaur  series: a brontosaurus. #babybelsculpture via Instagram http://ift.tt/1wwRASE

Next in my @babybel dinosaur series: a brontosaurus. #babybelsculpture via Instagram http://ift.tt/1wwRASE

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Hummingbirds have co-opted genes that originally allowed dinosaurs to savour the taste of flesh, and transformed them into the sugar detectors most modern birds live without.

Most birds can’t taste sugar – here’s why the hummingbird can

via Alexis Madrigal’s 5 Intriguing Things

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
While checking out the Apple keynote, I made a tiny dinosaur from @babybel wax. via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/svAofhgJlG/

While checking out the Apple keynote, I made a tiny dinosaur from @babybel wax. via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/svAofhgJlG/

Monday, September 8, 2014
In the minutes of a meeting about a girl who had been raped by five men, a police detective refused to put her into the sexual abuse category, saying he knew she had been “100 percent consensual.” She was 12.

Life in an English Town Where Abuse of Young Girls Flourished - NYTimes.com

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Friday, August 29, 2014
The best parts of you, the parts that will be remembered, usually have nothing to do with your job. You should give your job your best, but don’t make the best part of you your job.

If You Lose Your Job, Remember This | LinkedIn

Put this on the list of things for me to re-read daily.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
You’re pretty, LA. #nofilter via Instagram http://ift.tt/1n0i6v9

You’re pretty, LA. #nofilter via Instagram http://ift.tt/1n0i6v9