‘Picturesque Blight?’ Asks Free Press About Ruin Porn Tours; ‘Yes,’ It Suggests

It’s a stock journalistic tactic: Drop an edgy phrase in a head, followed by a question mark. We’re not saying, just asking is the subtext. The Detroit Free Press takes that approach Jan, 26, 2014 above a profile of ruin porn entrepreneur Jesse Welter: Picturesque blight? Photographer offers tours of Detroit’s abandoned buildings. Don’t blame freelance writer Emma Ockerman or the … Continue reading

Journalism / Random slings & arrows

Sometimes a historic building is a stack of bricks, not a shrine

Nostalgia can be tricky – an emotion that reminds us how we got where we are, but not always where we should go. School reunions can be fun, but aren’t a cue to resurrect bygone wardrobes, hairstyles, dance steps or pop hits. The emotional grip of that last category – music – definitely endures. It sustains vintage-format … Continue reading


Freep fantasy camp: ‘Sit elbow-to-elbow with our best writers’ (Don’t ask about the others)

If you wonder what it’s like to see the Tigers from where Jeff Seidel and Mitch Albom sit, their employer dangles an invitation “for the best job you’ll never get paid for — a one-day internship with the Detroit Free Press Sports department.” In a new promo partnership with Miller Brewing Co., the paper’s parent company — the Detroit Media Partnership — … Continue reading

Digital media / Journalism

Well-played, MLive: Prom coverage is smart, social and inclusive

Interesting news content experiments are one benefit of the “disruptive innovation” (aka financial challenges) reshaping traditional journalism. As media companies of all sizes jockey for relevance, appeal and distinction, readers gain wider opportunities to find professionally presented coverage of niche topics. Take high school proms for a timely example. In fact, take more than 50 … Continue reading

Digital media

Lessons from Jake Lobb, 14: ‘Citizen journalist’ after schoolmate’s suicide

Everyone is a potential reporter or commentator these days. But not all amateurs do it as well as Jake Lobb, a Metro Detroit ninth-grader who jumped into action soon after a student’s suicide. Though he didn’t know 13-year-old Tyler Nichols, who was a grade behind him at Davidson Middle School in Southgate, Jake says he … Continue reading