What I've been reading for the week of Jan 25. 2016

Coburg Road during Jan. 29 snow storm 

Coburg Road during Jan. 29 snow storm 

It was a cold and blustery weekend in Halifax. I've been staying busy by producing this weeks Tuesday radio room. You'll be able to check it out on CKDU 88.1 in Halifax.  I've also been reading some good pieces of journalism. Here is what I've been reading. 

Mizzou suspends professor charged with assaulting journalist as school sinks into turmoil
Michael E. Miller – The Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/01/28/mizzou-suspends-professor-charged-with-assaulting-journalist-as-school-sinks-into-turmoil/

At the confluence of free speech and campus safety there is an interesting conversation. Not just in the United States but also in Canada. Michael E. Miller provided an update on the incident at the University of Missouri between Melissa Click and a student journalist attempting to cover the student protests.

How Esurance Lost Its Mascot to the Internet
Priceonomics
http://priceonomics.com/how-esurance-lost-its-mascot-to-the-internet/

There is something about the internet that is both entertaining and disgusting. Take the example of Erin Esurance, the iconic pink haired mascot for Esurance. This article tells the story of how an innocent mascot was transformed into an internet celebrity and then a dirty joke. Fascinating and disturbing all in one article.

The End of Twitter
The New Yorker – Joshua Topolsky

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-end-of-twitter?intcid=mod-most-popular

I love twitter and I try to stay active on the platform. I even use it to collect information and story ideas. However, this piece takes at a critical and unflinching look at the future of my favorite social media platform.

Seven things I know heading into the Iowa caucuses

The Washington Post – Chris Cillizza
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/seven-things-i-know-heading-into-the-iowa-caucuses/2016/01/31/25698e32-c856-11e5-88ff-e2d1b4289c2f_story.html?postshare=5371454281551144&tid=ss_tw

 Iowa caucuses are right around the corner and the political junkie in me will not quit watching in fascination. Chris Cillizza is one of the best in the business and ere is what he knows about the impending Iowa caucuses.

Chinatown gun battle leaves two dead and three injured, raising Toronto’s 2016 death toll to eight
Kevin Connor – National Post

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/two-dead-three-injured-in-chinatown-gunfight

 The title tells you all you need to know but it also has some information on Toronto’s eight victims of gunfire in January. Toronto news also has some specific interest to me. I’ll be revealing that in a blog post tomorrow.