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Former WaPo Staffer Rob Pegoraro Talks About Newspapers' Decline (Video) 79

Posted by Roblimo
from the paper-is-too-20th-century-for-words dept.
Newpapers. Remember them? The printout editions of websites like NYTimes.com, WSJ.com, and Rob Pegoraro's former workplace, WashingtonPost.com? Rob still writes for USAToday.com and its printout edition, but as a freelancer, not on staff. He's one of few newspaper layoff victims who has managed to hustle up enough freelance work to make a decent living. He's even on Boing Boing and Discovery.com. Where else? Tiny shots on various TV news programs, and one-off articles here and there. He's a hard-working and prolific guy, and he's had an insider's view of the decline of the newspaper industry and the rise of the online news business. In this interview he talks about both -- and adds a few cautionary notes for Rob Malda, the Slashdot co-founder who is now a Washington Post employee.

Comment: NJROTC in highschool (Score 1) 525

by elvestinkle (#42016849) Attached to: My relationship to military service:
I was in the citizen-training arm of the Navy in high school, and also Civil Air Patrol. But I grew out of it before making the mistake of signing up for the real deal. The structure was nice during the high school years, but I realized I didn't need structure for its own sake anymore once I got into the big wide world. Props to our folks in uniform though; the blank check they write to the American people, up to and including their lives, is one I don't have the balls to draft. My service is instead in the classroom.

Comment: I'm a teacher now (Score 0) 524

by elvestinkle (#41565843) Attached to: Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Better off, because 4 years ago, I was working at a vet clinic, living someone else's dream for far below standard wages. It took three more years to finally get the energy (12 hour shifts and backbreaking work) to apply to an MAT program, financed by the bank of Mom.

I'm living Romney's scenario--the very anathema of how life should be. "Borrow money from your parents," he says, the guy who has never had to worry about money in his life. I just got hired as a Latin teacher, and can finally finance my own education. I teach in the public school system, though, so I must be one of those 47% parasites he went on about.

Man, fark Romney. I'm not lauding Pres. Obama here, but no one can claim that Romney's the better candidate. I'll be voting for Johnson, since I'm in NC and we're fairly unlikely to swing for Pres. Obama this time around. (I voted for him in 2008, before the pile of ruinous compromises.)

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.

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