The plot thickens, or, as my Dad always says at the height of the narrative arc in every move he’s ever watched: “What a revolting development THIS is.”

The paper came out without its staff. The staff is dutifully and impressively documenting every move from all sides on their various public content vehicles, Facebook group, Twitter, blog. They offer a PDF of the errant issue. I’m deeply moved by that. They are indeed walking the walk of freedom of information.I’m still wating to see two additional new media technologies used by the students: YouTube videos documenting their strike, and streaming video.

Here’s the blog post updating us:

First Emerald produced since 1900 without student contributors

March 5, 2009 by independentjournalist

Uploaded tonight to the ODE drop (an internet resource we use to publish) was a copy of tomorrow’s “Oregon Daily Emerald.” (Quotes are intentional.) We decided to repost a pdf the first-ever non-student newspaper ever published at the University of Oregon under the masthead of the “Oregon Daily Emerald” here tonight for our readers, advertisers, and community to review.

Contained is a series of articles covering our strike, including content pulled from our blog and a statement from the ODE Board. The rest of the articles are from the AP wire, meaning that tomorrow students will receive from the Emerald the coverage of news written not by other students but by journalists working elsewhere.


Let’s have a round of applause for NMC student Taryn Luna!

Seriously, with so much bad news swirling around these days I am thrilled to share the wonderful news that NMC junior Taryn Luna — fresh off her stint with the New York Times Journalism Institute –(– is doing us proud, once again. Actually, twice again: In one week!
The first honor for Ms. Luna, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is that she is a finalist for UWIRE 100’s Top Collegiate Journalists, described on their website as “the 100 most promising college journalists. They are already the best and brightest and are making their mark as they hone their skills with an eye toward becoming tomorrow’s top professionals.”
Check it out:
The second piece of big news announced last night is that Ms. Luna was selected for a Snowden Internship at the Gresham Outlook this summer. Pete Peterson, who runs the Snowden program out of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, told me they had 57 applicants and conducted 29 interviews, and that Taryn was an excellent candidate they were thrilled to select.
The highly respected Snowden internship — named for and funded by the family of famed Oregon newspaper editor Charles Snowden — is a 10-week, paid internship placing top Oregon journalism/media students in newspapers around the state.
I’d love to see us promote, publicize and support Ms. Luna’s extraordinary run of success in all possible ways.
Besides all of this great news, the reason I so deeply admire Taryn is that without any fanfare, just pure hard work and a tremendous empathy and nose for news, she has been walking the walk of journalistic diversity by telling the stories in The Barometer of a wide range of students of color on campus whose lives and complexities had otherwise remained silenced. It is for this kind of crucial reporting, storytelling and interviewing prowess, that I am most proud.
Here are two recent examples of such stories:

Here she is in a video interview for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute:

I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Taryn for her excellent work, her many successes, and her consistent ability to use new media tools to rise to what remains a very old, still noble calling.



Dear Public Editor of The New York Times:

In reference to the Nov. 28 story by Steve Barnes, “Suspect Arrested in Fatal Beating of Little Rock TV Anchor”….

Mr. Barnes wrote — or an editor inserted — this paragraph:

“The victim lived in a rented cottage-style house in the affluent Pulaski Heights neighborhood, the Country Club of Little Rock only three blocks from her front door. The poor section of the city where Mr. Vance was apprehended exudes a sense of menace, with crimes against people and property as common on its streets as they were essentially unheard of along the lanes that surround Ms. Pressly’s former address.”

Really? Is this really in The New York Times, with President-elect Obama just a few pages away?
I’ve never been to the poor section of that city, but I have been a reporter walking into neighborhoods where upper-class reporters could feel “menaced,” and I can promise you that if you get out of your Prius, take the time to knock on those doors, talk TO those people before you write ABOUT them without meeting them, you will find a majority of law-abiding, church-going, decent-to-the-bones human beings who feel far more menaced by poverty and systemic oppression and the minority of thugs in their neighbhorhood than any white reporter (including myself.) How many cliches can I fit in here to make this point that is, itself, a cliche?
Do I even have to write this?? I mean, have you been to Hyde Park where the Obamas live? Lotta “menace” within a mile or two.
What does that even mean? “This reporter was scared? If this reporter lived here he’d feel menaced. I’m white and rich, they’re black and poor, I feel uncomfortable and unnerved. That must mean they’re menacing. …..”

I know he tried to make it accurate by adding that crimes against property and people are rampant…but we are all sophisticated enough to know that those books are cooked. What the police go after and where they focus their attention and whom they focus their neighborhood round ups on are not the only neighborhoods where crimes are being committed. Where I went high school, rich and poor kids used drugs. The poor kids went to jail. The rich ones went to rehab. Same drugs.

And not to rely too much on the facts, but within those gorgeous, wealthy neighborhoods like the one the victim lived in, there live men who rape and pillage, who shoot and snort drugs, who beat or molest their loved ones mercilessly, who make gazillions of dollars driving companies into the ground and cause financial, emotional and physical devastation to tens of thousands of working class and elderly Americans by stealing their pensions and cutting off their health care…and these people in these affluent neighborhoods ARE THE REAL MENACE!!!!
Mr. Barnes reports that “the Country Club of Little Rock is only three blocks from her front door.” What is that code for? What is that supposed to mean to us?

I’m offended as a reader; I’m offended as a former metro newspaper reporter.
I am outraged as somebody who reports on cases of innocent people imprisoned. I have no idea if the African-American man pictured next to the beautiful, white, blonde female victim is guilty or innocent. I know an unspeakable crime has been committed and the right murderer must be caught. What I also know is that despite the fact that the police are not revealing any motive or evidence (which they usually leak all over the place by now), this guy is going to be found guilty and get the death penalty. Now those of us have more than enough work trying to get innocent people of color off death row for cases of white victims. We don’t need another one where the cops are whipped up by the family and public and press to catch somebody — anybody (black) — to close the damn case.

In 10 or 12 or 22 years I don’t want to be working on the case of Mr. Curtis L. Vance, the African-American man police accuse of this awful crime. I want them to catch the real guy, who, statisically, is probably white, and is probably somebody she has known and/or loved. Now there’s a menace.

Pamela Cytrynbaum
Oregon State University