Watchdog reporting suffered a local blow this fall. A blog that tracks happenings at the Baltimore City Liquor Board is set to cut back.
What do actor John Krasinski, designer Stella McCartney, and filmmaker Spike Lee have in common? Sure, they’re all mega-talented. But equally important: Focused and driven. How did they succeed early in life? Each one grabbed a great internship before entering the real world. Krasinski on “Conan O’Brien”; McCartney at Christian Lacroix; Lee at Columbia Pictures. The rest is history.
If you like to blog journalistically and take pictures, you might be just the future-famous person we’re looking for.
Baltimore Fishbowl summer intern requirements in a nutshell:
We’re hunting for a college-age someone (tech- and internet-savvy), who can write one post a day, photograph, and fill in the calendar.
As for dream characteristics? Hate to say it, but selfless team player. The trick of all winning interns. Sucking up is optional. But not discouraged.
Payoff: A small stipend. You get to work from home. If you’re asked to attend a meeting, you’ll receive a free iced coffee in the bargain. But, please, run to the counter, if you would, and pick up drinks for the rest of us?
If your answer’s “Sure thing,” and you write well, we can’t wait to meet you — write to us today! (Please shoot us an email about yourself and one brief writing sample.)
David Simon has never seemed like a very… bloggy person. Case in point: the introductory post on his new blog spends a lot of time griping about the “e-race to the bottom” of online content: “I have no desire to contribute to that new economy by writing for free in any format,” Simon says.
Except that it seems as though his recent mini-controversy with the New York Times made Simon realize the upside of having a blog: namely, that it’s a great place to be bluntly unhappy on a regular basis. And so he quietly launched DavidSimon.com, a site with an appropriately dour color scheme and pessimistic sub-head: “The Audacity of Despair.” It is everything you could’ve hoped for.
So far, Simon has posted on the death of Levon Helm (who was in talks to perform a cameo on Treme), Trayvon Martin, James Agee, and the Pulitzer Prize. The posts tend to be long, nuanced critiques of the sorts of things that Simon has a beef with (contemporary TV culture, contemporary newspaper culture…). The man has a lot to say, and he says it well. But my favorite post so far was a little vignette he posted on Sunday, included here in its entirety: