Greetings from sunny Phoenix, where we’ve finally been blessed with a bout of rain which will hopefully be accompanied by an end to triple-digit temperatures. I’m almost halfway through my first semester of grad school, but I still have eight posts to share with you!
As promised last month, I’m including links to quite a few blockchain pieces, primarily for Breaker, but first there’s a piece for Museum magazine. In May, I interviewed museum professionals from Egypt, Mexico, Colombia, Serbia, and Argentina, all working hard to expand their museum’s social role by engaging underserved communities. They invite homeless people to exhibits, tackle contemporary social issues like femicide, bring traveling exhibits to people who can’t travel to the museum, work with populations with special needs, allow their neighbors to bring paintings into their own homes, and work hard to engage the local community rather than just tourists. I was impressed with everyone I spoke with. The article is paywalled, but I’ve gotten permission to add it to my portfolio. If you’re a museum professional and do not yet have a membership to the American Alliance of Museums, it might be worth considering–not least because you’ll get access to Museum magazine as part of your membership.
Finally, I added some posts I’ve been writing for the Reynold’s Center as part of my graduate assistantship, namely about prisons and election hacking. These posts are geared towards business writers or regional reporters looking for ideas, but I like to think they’re valuable for everyone else, too.
Reminder for science writers and East Coasters: I’ll also be speaking on a panel on getting paid/dealing with delinquent clients at ScienceWriters 2018 in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 13. Read more about it here: https://sciencewriters2018.org/sessions/how-get-paid-dealing-delinquent-clients.
Oh yeah, here’s the article links:
Full Engagement (Museum) Museums globally are expanding their social role—and value—by engaging underserved communities.
A Critical Look at Sovereign Identity Startups (Breaker) A new wave of startups is offering a fundamentally different approach to data collection and use.
A Bug Bounty Hunter Tells All (Breaker) Finding software vulnerabilities for IT companies is lucrative business. This bug bounty hunter made $30,000 for identifying a single bug.
The Blockchain Big Twelve: Tech’s Top Colleges (Breaker) A survey of blockchain and cryptocurrency classes at universities around the country.
Civil Looks to Create the Next Generation of Journalism With Blockchain Tech (NBC News) Behind the sticker-covered door of a nondescript building in Brooklyn, a startup is working on what it hopes will be the future of news.
5 Prison-Related Business Story Ideas (Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism) Business-related stories involving prisons are receiving more attention. Here are a few starting points to use in your own reporting.
Covering Election Hacking on the Business Beat (Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism) Stories covering election hackings aren’t just for political reporters, but involve monetary and business angles as well.
Reynold’s Weekly: Monday, September 24 (Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism) As the trade relationship between the United States and China heats up, there are numerous business stories to localize.