Important journalism to consume this weekend


Good Friday morning. For today’s newsletter, I’ve got some great journalism for you to check out over the weekend, starting with some news as Elon Musk answered questions from Twitter staff. Happy Father’s Day to all dads and I’ll talk to you on Monday.

CNN’s Clare Duffy and Donie O’Sullivan with “Elon Musk addresses layoffs, remote work and ‘free speech’ in his first meeting with Twitter employees.”

Meanwhile, speaking of Musk, The Verge’s Loren Grush with “SpaceX employees write open letter to company executives calling out Elon Musk’s behavior.”

For BuzzFeed News, Karla Zabludovsky with “These Haitians were children when a US-funded project evicted them from their land. They can’t afford college.

Michael Cavna – who covers Visual Culture and Storytelling: Cartoon/Illustration, Comedy/Satire and Animation for The Washington Post – has a really cool story: ‘8 cartoons that shaped our view of Watergate – and still resonate today’ today”.

Mitch Smith of The New York Times with “Decades After Infamous Beating Death, Recent Attacks Haunt Asian Americans.”

Defector’s Laura Wagner with “Under NYT ownership, The Athletic establishes ‘no policy’ rule for personnel.”

More media news: The New York Times’ Benjamin Mullin and Katie Robertson with ‘USA Today to remove 23 stories after investigation into fabricated sources’. Meanwhile, USA Today also wrote about it, saying, “We strive to be accurate and factual in all of our content and regret this situation.” USA Today lists stories that had issues. And …

My colleague Poynter Kelly McBride with “Where there’s a fabricated story, there’s almost always more.”

For the New York Times, Erika Solomon (and photographs by Diego Ibarra Sanchez) with “In Ukraine, a Minority Group Feels Ambivalence About the War”.

In a column for The Washington Post, Will Leitch with “Baseball looks weird, but the weird thing is how easily it happened.”

Be sure to check out “CBS Sunday Morning” this Sunday. (In fact, you should watch it every Sunday because it’s always great.) But this Sunday, world-renowned ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1974, speaks out against the war in Ukraine. Baryshnikov, who has generally stayed out of politics over the years, told correspondent Anthony Mason, “I couldn’t keep quiet this time.” He adds: “This is Putin’s war. … He is trying to create a new history of Russia. … He doesn’t care about people at all … even if it’s possible, he has children himself, you know? How is that possible?” When Mason reminds him that “Russians who rise up against him tend to disappear,” Baryshnikov said, “Look, I’ll be 75. What have I got to lose?

For ProPublica (and co-published with PBS’s “Frontline”), Nicole Carr with “White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then they followed her to the next. A disturbing but important story.

A suspect held in the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous affairs expert Bruno Araujo Pereira has admitted killing the men in a remote region of the Amazon, according to Brazilian authorities. Jonathan Watts of the Guardian writes: “There is a war on nature. Dom Phillips was killed trying to warn you.

And from Reuters’ Anthony Boadle and Brendan O’Boyle: “Tributes pour in for British journalist Dom Phillips, allegedly killed at Amazon.”

Wired’s Andy Greenberg with “Police linked to hacking campaign to frame Indian activists”.

Earlier this month in Outside, documentary filmmaker Soraya Simi wrote about a Paralympic rower in “Pick up the pieces after Angela Madsen’s death on the ‘Row of Life'”.

For GQ, Frazier Tharpe writes about the comedian-writer-director in “Jerrod Carmichael’s 12-Step Truth Program.”

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