Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wanted: News Guys

Super Scribe

“Tim Redmond is a local news guy. He stops his bicycle to interview taxi drivers protesting Uber on the streets. He attends accreditation trials about a local community college—by choice. He knows how to pull building permits, interview city council members, and uncover shady dealings between the city and its most profitable businesses. . .

“‘Democracy cannot survive without reporters,’ [says] Redmond, 56, who has a bushy gray mustache, often speaks in a fast, clipped voice, as if there’s a deadline to be met, which there usually is. ‘You have to have people whose full-time job it is to go out and follow politicians around, to try and hold corporations accountable.’”

—Tim Redmond, former editor, San Francisco Bay Guardian, which closed last month. In Alana Semuels, “Is There Hope for Local News?” The Atlantic, Nov. 10, 2014 Image: Sacha Bryning

Editorial Comment: And leap tall buildings in a single bound.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

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