• May 15, 2018

    Tom Wolfe, the writer and reporter known for creating New Journalism in the 1960s, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 87.

    New York Times reporter Scott Shane considers the difficulties of reporting on leaks during and after the 2016 election. Shane feels that while many leaks are newsworthy, relying on old methods of reporting aren’t sufficient for covering them. “For the most part, the 2016 stories based on the hacked Democratic emails revealed true and important things. . . . The problem was that Russian hackers chose not to deliver to American voters the same inside material from the Trump campaign,” he writes. “By counting on American reporters to follow their usual rules, the Kremlin hacked American journalism.”

    Michael Chabon

    Skyhorse is publishing Alan Dershowitz’s The Case Against Impeaching Trump this July.

    Pascale Petit has won the Ondaatje prize for her poetry collection, Mama Amazonica.

    The Outline’s Paris Martineau wonders if Facebook finally did “something right for once” with their recent changes to its news feed algorithm.

    At the Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan reflects on the numerous missteps by NBC in the past few months. From their handling of the internal investigation into Matt Lauer’s misconduct to their lack of support for Ronan Farrow’s reporting, some of the company’s recent decisions are affecting the network’s credibility. “A news organization’s reputation builds — or fades — over time,” Sullivan writes. “Does NBC really want to be seen as a place where stars are protected too vigorously, and where ratings and profits reign supreme?”

    Michael Chabon tells The Guardian that he doesn’t worry about how his children will feel when he writes about them by name. “Everything you write is drawn from the people you know,” he said. “You can do all this sweating and agonising about whether it’s going to embarrass them or make them angry and often it just sails right over them and they don’t even recognise that you’re talking about them.”