It was exceptionally easy for Mark Kersey to score one of the city’s most difficult jobs. In May 2011, the 36-year-old filled out a piece of paper, turned it in to the San Diego City Clerk’s office and waited.
Let’s say you’re a citizen journalist who wakes up one morning to an alert from Google that, due to purported copyright infringement, it has removed one of your blog posts about a student in Scotland who’d been posing online as a Syrian lesbian to score a book deal. You know the copyright claim is crap, but what then?
The District Attorney’s office is reviewing an allegation of criminal sexual misconduct by a staff member at a juvenile-hall facility following an investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Not too long ago, I saw a local journalist on Twitter defend U-T San Diego’s new pay wall with the following argument: Plumbers get paid for their work, so should reporters. Now, don’t get me wrong—I believe I’m worth paying. But that analogy is worth about as much as a flattened novelty penny from the Museum of Modern Irrelevancy.
If there’s one lesson we learned from Nate Silver and the 2012 election, it’s that math rules. For all the pundits and PACs, Silver’s numbers were 100-percent accurate in predicting the electoral breakdown.