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How Will Journalism Keep The Lights On?

As audiences for media splinter and advertising with it, how will the journalism concerns that we've grown to know and love keep the lights on? Bob talks to Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, Mike Perlis of Forbes, M. Scott Havens of The Atlantic, Erin Pettigrew of Gawker, Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune, Richard Toffel of ProPublica and Pam Horan of the Online Publishers Association about all the ways they're striving mightily to keep journalism financially viable.

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Making It On Minimum Wage

Joanna Cruz, a New Jersey mother of three who works as a cook at a convenience store, wrote in an online essay that "too often, people think that individuals on public assistance programs are lazy. I would like for them to spend one day in my shoes." She explains to guest host Wade Goodwin what it's like to support a family on minimum wage.

Click here for the audio of this story from NPR News.

Graphic Novel Depicts John Lewis' 'March' Toward Justice

March 1

 NPR News (click here for links and full audio story)

John Lewis is the only person to have spoken at the 1963 March on Washington who is still alive. He was just 23 years old when he addressed the crowd of more than 200,000 at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago.Lewis is a pillar of the civil rights movement. The son of sharecroppers in rural Alabama, he went on to become the president of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and then eventually, a U.S. Congressman from Georgia.

His story has been told before in documentaries and books, but now he's putting his life story into the form of a graphic novel, March. Every superhero has an origin story — and so does the graphic novel of John Lewis' life.

A bunch of staffers on the Lewis' 2008 re-election campaign were sitting around, talking about what they would do next, including staffer Andrew Aydin.

"Unashamed, I said I would be going to a comic book convention. And there was a little teasing, but Congressman Lewis stood up for me," recalls Aydin.

"And I just said, 'You shouldn't laugh. At another time in another period there was a comic book called the Montgomery story ― Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery story — that inspired me ―"

Imagine a young John Lewis in 1958 — 18-years old — having arrived at college, picking up a comic book. Lewis says the comic tuned him in to the greater story:

The comic book tells the story of Rosa Parks' symbolic refusal ― but it also gives a detailed account of how to protest non-violently. It was a lesson Lewis took to heart when he staged sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in Nashville in the late '50s.

"It was on February the 13th and we had the very first sit in here. I took my seat at the counter, I asked the waitress for a hamburger and a coke," Lewis says in a 1960 NBC documentary.

Lewis' staffer, Andrew Aydin, knew the history but didn't know about the old comic book. Aydin became convinced Lewis should tell his story as a graphic novel. But Lewis wasn't so sure.
"I preached to my chickens just about every night." Click here to see the full image.
"I preached to my chickens just about every night." .
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"I thought he was somewhat out of his mind? Why would I be writing a comic book?" Lewis says.

But then he thought back: "I do remember reading the Montgomery story comic book, and I said, 'Yes, if you would do it with me.' And it's been a labor of love."

That labor brought them all the way to San Diego's Comic Con — the geek and supernatural mecca known for its outlandish costumes and.

Waiting in line were three Dr. Whos, four Wolverines, and that one guy in an elaborate Transformers outfit. But they weren't waiting to see the stars from the latest sci-fi movie. Hundreds of people stood in line to have Congressman Lewis sign their copies of March.
Among the Comic Con fans was Mary Clark, a teacher at San Elijo Middle School in San Marcos, Calif.

"This will go into my library collection ― as a graphic novel, sometimes students who aren't really enthusiastic readers will pick it up thinking its about the pictures ― so to be able to give them a story along side those pictures... and something as powerful as Congressman Lewis' story..." says Clark.

"... how we could apply nonviolence just as Dr. King did in Montgomery, all across America — South and North." Click here to see the full page.
"... how we could apply nonviolence just as Dr. King did in Montgomery, all across America — South and North." .
Courtesy Top Shelf Productions
That story ­spanning the Congressman's seven decades, will be told in three books. March is the first.

It begins with John Lewis as an old man waking on a dark early morning in Washington, D.C. ­It's 2009, the day of President Barack Obama's inauguration. Quickly the reader is sent back in time ― to Lewis' childhood, when he was taking care of his sharecropper parents' chickens ― . The pictures are black and white, and graphic artist Nate Powell renders Lewis' life in shadow. Powell says he drew the story close to the ground, the way a child would experience the world.

I could slip into his shoes for that second and I knew precisely what it was like to witness the baptism of these chickens ― the loss of a beloved hen down a well. Hiding under the porch so that he could sneak away from his house in order to get an education each day and hop on the bus with his mom chasing after him.

The up-close perspective ― sometimes so close you only see what Lewis is seeing ― gives way to wide shots and birds' eye views as the story shifts to sit-ins and marches. Powell says there were things that were tough to draw.

"Trying to find the appropriate and powerful way to respectfully depict the murder of Emmett Till," Powell said, for instance.


Till was a 14-year-old boy brutally killed in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. His murder received national attention and helped galvanize the civil rights movement. In the graphic novel, we see an image of Till's mangled body. Drawn from above, after Till has been dragged from the river, Powell makes thin jagged lines of ink to create a sense of human flesh that's turned into broken twigs.

Lewis says, just like the Martin Luther King comic book that inspired him, March is also a primer on non-violence. The Congressman says this is a lesson he and his co-authors, Aydin and Powell, want to keep alive.

"I remember hearing Martin Luther King Jr. preach from time to time," says Lewis. "And his father would be in the pulpit. And he would say, 'Son―make it plain―make it plain.'­ So between Nate and Andrew, they made it plain."
Page 103 of March Book One
Courtesy Top Shelf Productions

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Bad news for cable companies: Six percent of US households have cut the cord, and close to sixty million Americans now get their TV for free.RY:
Antennas aren’t just for grandma’s boob tube anymore: 19.3 percent of all US TV households get their TV fix from free over-the-air broadcasts, according to a new GfK study released this week. This means that 22.4 million households representing 59.7 million Americans get their TV for free, the market research firm estimates.
The number of these over-the-air only households is growing: In 2010, only 14 percent of all households were getting their TV this way. Growth is especially strong amongst younger households, lower-income families and minorities. And once you take a closer look at those audiences, it’s really clear that free over-the-air viewing isn’t an oddity anymore, but something that’s gathering momentum quickly.
GfK estimates that minorities make up for 41 percent of all antenna households. Especially mind-boggling: The majority of Latino households that primarily speak Spanish now use an antenna to get their TV programming, with only 49 percent of those households subscribing to a pay TV service. Also notable: 28 percent of all households with a head of household under the age of 35 use an antenna instead of a pay TV subscription.
The folks at GfK are careful not to lump all of these households into the Netflix-loving, always-streaming cord cutting category, instead pointing out that cost and not online access has been the primary factor for people to give up their pay TV subscription. But even with that caveat in mind, GfK is estimating that 5.9 percent of all TV households have cut the cord, and that one in five young households never bothered to get a TV subscription to begin with.

First published 6/30/13

David Frost dead of heart attack at 74; interviewed Nixon

David Frost, Richard Nixon
Former President Richard M. Nixon, right, with broadcaster David Frost in California in 1977. (AP / March 9, 2010)

LONDON  — Veteran British journalist and broadcaster David Frost, who won fame around the world for his TV interviews with former President Richard Nixon, has died, his family told the BBC. He was 74.

British Broadcaster David Frost DiesFrost died of a suspected heart attack on Saturday night aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he was due to give a speech, the family said. The cruise company Cunard said its vessel left the English port of Southampton on Saturday for a 10-day cruise in the Mediterranean.

Known for incisive interviews of leading public figures, Frost spent more than 50 years as a television star.

Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to send his condolences, praising Frost for being an “extraordinary man with charm, wit, talent, intelligence and warmth in equal measure.”

“The Nixon interviews were among the great broadcast moments — but there were many other brilliant interviews,” Cameron said. “He could be — and certainly was with me — both a friend and a fearsome interviewer.”

The BBC said it received a statement from Frost's family saying it was devastated and asking “for privacy at this difficult time.”

Frost's career on television news and entertainment spanned almost half a century. He interviewed many world leaders and celebrities, including Henry Kissinger and the Beatles.

But Frost is best remembered for his interviews with Nixon in 1977. Recorded after the Watergate scandal and the president's resignation, they achieved the largest audience for a TV news interview in history.