Monday, June 19, 2006

We want to hear from you!


We know you ain't doing *ish but updating your friends on Myspace.

Take 5 minutes and share your $.02.


1 - What's the worst thing you've made an intern do?

2 - Name an editor you hate working with?

3 - Writer/Editor you'd most like to shag?

4 - Most overrated writer?

5 - Hottest up and coming talent?

6 - Everyday I'm hustling... Hardest working professional freelancer?

7 - Book you wish you wrote?

8 - What's your dream gig?

9 - Have you ever gotten tooclose to a celebrity subject?

10 - Knowing what you know now, do you STILL want to start your own publication?

EXTRA CREDIT:

How many of your co-workers are getting over?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

So Many Critics, So Little Solutions



mass medium

Function: noun

Definition: a medium of communication (as newspapers, radio, or television) that is designed to reach the mass of the people -- usually used in plural

crit·ic

Pronunciation: 'kri-tik

Function: noun

Definition 1 a : one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique b : one who engages often professionally in the analysis, evaluation, or appreciation of works of art or artistic performances

2 : one given to harsh or captious judgment

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Opinions are like….You know the rest. Now, imagine if just 2% of these baseless “media critics” who bash everything on newsstands used their time to create a publication or company to employ the qualified journalists and educate the clueless ones. Or is it just enough to spew incorrect information, hearsay and declarations that you are on a crusade to:

1: Make publications better

(How can you do that if you are only throwing stones from the outside?)

2: Get writers paid

(Why not get your bizness together, hire them and pay them yourself. Working hands get paid more than begging hands.)

In order for you to be a critic you have to have earned your stripes. Writing for allhiphop.com and having your byline on some music reviews does not make you a MEDIA CRITIC.

WE REPEAT:

Writing for allhiphop.com and having your byline on some music reviews does not make you a MEDIA CRITIC.

Also declaring yourself “Hip-Hop’s Best Kept Journalists” is a smack in the face of the REAL JOURNALISTS who continue to raise the bar that you ignorantly ignore.


This Week’s Suggested Reading:

Books:

BRONX BIANNUAL, Issue No. 1

The Journal of Urbane Urban Literature

Edited by: Miles Marshall Lewis


Magazine Articles:

The Offical Baby Daddy Handbook

By: Aliya S. King

KING (July/August)