Journalism students should read all the time. Here are a few suggestions in case you're in training like me, or are just looking for something interesting to read.
Blog Posts & Short Articles:
"Why You Can Thank Modern Family for the Sitcom Renaissance" by Josef Adalian: This blog post over on NYMag.com investigates the resurgence of the half-hour TV sitcom. It's not a sociological thing as some might think; it's really just good business following the success of Modern Family.
"Google Said to Be Planning an MP3 Store" by Ben Sisario: The New Yorker's Media Decoder blog reports that Google is planning to sell music. Why did they wait so long? "Google may be hoping to announce its store before Apple opens its latest cloud music program, iTunes Match, which was unveiled in June and is expected to be operational by the end of October," writes Sisario. My guess is it's also connected to the recent death of Apple's Steve Jobs. But why his death is expected to affect business in a negative way is beyond me...
"Occupy Wall Street: Art Meets Politics in Zuccotti Park" by Zach Pontz: Really captures the mood of the movement's artists and protestors. "This is something that is rare for me. I’m a creative guy, not a political guy, or a business guy, but at some point it became clear that there’s no way to get around this issue anymore," artist Wolf Geyr told Pontz.
"The Hunter in Johnny Depp" by Nick Tosches: You learn something new every day. Like the fact that Johnny Depp loves the word "Fuck," and all of its forms. (To read the full article, pick up a copy of the November 2011 Vanity Fair issue.)
"Why Me?" by Ian Parker: Based on his roles in 30 Rock and It's Complicated, I've had a crush on Alec Baldwin, who's about as old as my dad. Sadly, this article -- proving that he's far removed from the cocky man I found attractive -- killed that weird crush, but I really enjoyed the writing.