The continuing adventures of Beau Yarbrough

I’m in the Columbia Journalism Review. Sort of.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 0:39
Section: Journalism

My name was one of those in an ad taken out by the California Teachers Association, announcing the winners of 2013 John Swett Awards for Media Excellence.

I won an award for my coverage of the parent-trigger movement in the San Bernardino Sun and Los Angeles Daily News.

Investigative Reporters and Editors 2014 conference panel liveblogs

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 10:10
Section: Journalism

Investigative Reporters and Editors logo

I just returned from a 10-day vacation in San Francisco, both for my father’s 70th birthday and to attend to the 2014 Investigative Reporters and Editors conference.

As the Los Angeles News Group helpfully paid for my membership and conference fee, I liveblogged the 19 (!) panels I attended. I attend IRE conferences — this is my second; I attended the 2010 conference in Las Vegas as well — for the practical advice and “how to replicate my awesome investigation” outlines and tips, not war stories, so note that the liveblogs are light on those and favor news-you-can-use (assuming you’re an investigative journalist, at least).

Here then, are the liveblogs. I’ll be updating them shortly to add any supplemental tip sheets and handouts provided by the speakers:

  1. Investigations that focus on forgotten victims
  2. On the beat: Education
  3. 60 (data-driven) ideas in 60 minutes
  4. The Kingmakers: Tracking money and influence in politics
  5. Open records: New challenges to access
  6. Small newsrooms, big stories: Doing data-driven investigations with limited resources
  7. The data-driven story: Conceiving, launching and taking it home
  8. Campus coverage: Student loans debt and aid
  9. Mining documents to build your investigation
  10. On the beat: Local government
  11. Investigating veterans issues
  12. Deep dive: Mobile-first journalism making big stories work on small screens
  13. They’re watching you: Investigating the surveillance society and protecting your work from prying eyes
  14. How to find stories in government contracting data
  15. Campus coverage: Sexual assault and other crimes on campus
  16. Investigating in a small town
  17. Using Twitter data to tell stories/
  18. Friendly fire: Investigating do-gooders and crowd-pleasers/
  19. Open source tools for news
  20. Web tools, tips and tricks for investigations

The IRE is posting the tipsheets for the panels here as they get them.

The greatest journalism video of all time

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 9:13
Section: Arts & Entertainment, Journalism

iPod Top 100: 2013

Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 15:35
Section: Arts & Entertainment

A little later than usual this year, but here’s what I was listening to the most in 2013.

Previous editions can be found here: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

There’s probably something a psychologist could tease out of the number of female rockers on these lists, which seems to be the only consistent element over the years.

1. “Party Kids” - Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
2. “The Sword By My Side” - The Thermals
3. “Awkward” - San Cisco
4. “Black Sheep” - Gin Wigmore
5. “They Told Me” - Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
6. “Holy Roller” - Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
7. “Summer in the City” - The Eels
8. “Island Song” - Zac Brown Band
9. “Slyd” - !!!!
10. “Water” - Brad Paisley

Books read, 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 8:00
Section: Arts & Entertainment

Bad Monkey coverSo, by any measure, I improved on the 12 books I read in 2012 and 2011: I read 13 or 14, depending on whether you count me giving up on one book in eye-rolling disgust. (Failure to “end” a short story once might be interesting, doing it for every story in a book is a ridiculous affectation.)

Here’s what I read in 2013, including my periodic re-reads of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series (Mostly Harmless will get polished off in 2014):

Feb. 5: Swords Against Death by Fritz Leiber
Feb. 15: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
March 21: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories by Tim Powers
April 21: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (abandoned)
May 20: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
June 2: The Old Editor Says: Maxims for Writing and Editing by John E. McIntyre
June 10: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
July 10: Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
July 30: The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
Aug. 24: Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Sept. 29: The Elements of Style Illustrated by William Strunk Jr.
Oct. 29: Can Journalism Survive: An Inside Look at American Newsrooms by David M. Ryfe
Nov. 30: Year Zero: A Novel by Rob Reid
Dec. 22: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams

I’m currently reading Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and listening to the audio book of Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley.


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