Friday, August 04, 2006

Blackboard Journalism / Ledger Scooped!




Thanks Nicolas for the link to this charming NYT story about a guy who uses a big blackboard to report the news out on Tubman Blvd, the East side of Monrovia's main road. The reporter must have been here for Founder's Day. Your Humble Editor is a little bitter because we emailed the blackboard journalist for an interview about 6 weeks ago and got no reply. Had planned to follow up by phone, but snoozed and lost. At least we can show off our pics!

7 Comments:

Anonymous leftcoastpdx said...

This is brilliant! We here in the US could take a little of this spirit to heart..."local" TV news broadcasts with mattress and local auto dealer commercials yelling at you all the time are SO far inferior to the level of committment required to do this kind of reporting. Even concerns about the reporter's ethics and bias don't matter...his readers will have plenty of opportunity to decide about those over time, and act/react accordingly. And the possibilities for his words being altered and edited and ...the mind boggles. I hope that people who read his news respect his voice, and let him just speak. I think I would put up another board adjacent for others to react to the news. I think I should have one of those in my front yard, on the corner, but I probably wouldn't have the committment he or she has to keep it up and I doubt my neighbors would be able to restrain themselves and resist spraypainting over news they might not want to hear. (My assumption being that they would be dissatisfied with simple erasure) All the power to people like this!

4:13 PM  
Blogger josh said...

yeah i wonder if people ever rub out his writing if they don't like what he says. most of the people i see looking at it just seem to be trying to figure out what he's saying. myself included. it's pretty sarcastic, the times i have stopped to look at it.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous leftcoastpdx said...

Yeah...but I forgot to ask: "Airfield Short-cut sinker"? What's that all about?

8:19 PM  
Blogger josh said...

Airfield Shortcut is the name of the road it's on, at the junction of Tubman Blvd. Sinkor is the name of the neighborhood.

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