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Balls and Strikes: How to cover the Supreme Court’s “super-majority”
This week, the most conservative Supreme Court since the Great Depression convened. The 6-3 “super-majority” is poised to roll back decades of law.
On our latest episode of the Kicker, Jay Willis, the editor in chief of Balls and Strikes, a site that launched last month promising “progressive, b******t-free commentary” about the legal system, joins Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR. They discuss vital rulings that missed the news cycle, and why conservative justices have been so critical of the media.
Jon Allsop on Mehdi Hasan’s transatlantic rise
Medhi Hasan has built a global reputation on devastating interviews. Now on MSNBC and Peacock, is he a corrective to the equivocal tendencies of the American press?
Jon Allsop profiled Hasan for our latest issue. On this week’s Kicker, he sits down with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, to detail how Hasan’s approach can be seen as “an explicit rebuke to outdated journalistic norms."
The Wall Street Journal’s stubborn conservatism
Adam Piore spoke to 50 current and former staffers at the Wall Street Journal on how the paper’s editors limit subject matter and political coverage in an effort to hold on to their traditional audience.
On this week’s Kicker, Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, and Piore discuss his findings, the Journal’s obsession with the New York Times, and what it all means for the journalists who work there.
Larry Fink: Vulgarity and Anna Wintour’s Met Gala
In his five-plus decades of photographing performative wealth and celebrity at events like the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the Met Gala, Larry Fink perfected the art of taking “candid pictures of very non-candid people.”
On this week’s Kicker, Fink joins Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, to discuss coverage of last week’s Met Gala, how journalism can learn from his ability to capture the space between posed photo ops, and why now, against the backdrop of a global pandemic and extreme economic inequality, the time for risk-free activism and the fetishization of wealth is over.
September 11: “Inflection Point”
For CJR, Jon Allsop followed the weekend’s deluge of September 11 anniversary coverage—where it excelled, and when it lacked self-awareness. On today’s Kicker, he joins Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, on what the media got right and what it didn’t.
How We Got Here: Genders and Sexualities, host Prof. Alisa Solomon
Gender and sexuality can feel natural and even immutable, but science and the lived experience of numerous humans tell us that these categories are far more variable than they may seem. At a time when dozens of states around the US have passed or are considering legislation to enforce rigid definitions of gender, queer theorist Jack Halberstam and journalist Zach Stafford discuss the fallaciousness of what scholars call the “gender binary.” Bringing an intersectional perspective, and looking at examples from women’s sports, they invite journalists to speak truth to the power that is exercised, often violently, through an insistence on “normative” ideas of gender and sexuality.
Guests: Zach Stafford & Jack Halberstam
Get a mic
Decent content, but the audio quality of the host is so poor, really unprofessional. It sounds like he's recording into a laptop microphone from like three feet away, almost unintelligible.
Audio & “Like”
Like others have said: please get your audio improved, fast. It’s awful.
And: edit out the word “like” from Kyle’s vocabulary. Either with editing tools or with a self-disciplined approach to improve delivery.
Less important: drop your inflection at the end of sentences. This is one of the most powerful things one can do to strengthen their communication.
I’ll check in again: your content is interesting. Presentation though is the ½ of it.
good content, when it's audible
Too much of these episodes is unintelligible. I turned off the interview with Masha Gessen because I couldn't understand half of what she said.
Don't know if the fault is on the sending or receiving end, but folks, it's about time for every journalist to understand how to make a decent broad/pod cast.