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By Mike Kuczkowski The events in Ferguson, Mo., last week have not been a proud moment for America. On Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Since then, the world has seen pictures of protests, looting and confrontations with police. The police — armed with military-grade rifles, body armor and mine-resistant vehicles — have been criticized for a ‘militarized’ response. Disputes hang over the details of the shooting itself. (Vox has a good...

Photo Credit: Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com Did the Media Hype Philip Seymour Hoffman's Life at his Death, or Did It Miss The Story? By Mike Kuczkowski   There he is, as vital as ever, impossibly alive in character: Philip Seymour Hoffman, playing a John LeCarré spymaster in “A Most Wanted Man.” Another great Hoffman performance, punctuating our loss of his presence in cinema. In February, when I heard Hoffman had died, I experienced that odd range of emotions reserved for those who...

Photo credit: Keith Allison, via Creative CommonsBy Mike Kuczkowski Since entering the NBA 11 years ago, LeBron James has been described as the heir to Michael Jordan – big shoes to fill, given that Jordan is widely recognized as the greatest player of all time. And James has fulfilled much of the promise. Like Jordan, James possesses tremendous physical gifts, is incredibly competitive and has dominated his era. Each has been described as a basketball genius. When it comes...

By Mike Kuczkowski On May 15, someone leaked a copy of The New York Times’ Innovation Report, a 96-page internal memorandum examining why the Times is falling behind in the digital journalism game to the likes of Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and Politico. It was a meta-media moment, the leak of a key internal document from The New York Times, published first by Buzzfeed, then by Mashable and amplified by the whole digital media pack. Media prognosticators combusted with a combination...

Source: www.grantland.com With Grantland, Vox and Fivethirtyeight.com, a new breed of digital media properties emerges By Mike Kuczkowski Over the past six months, I've been closely observing three web sites: Grantland, Fivethirtyeight.com and Vox. These three sites represent a vision of digital journalism that holds great promise. They’re lively, they make great use of their online platforms. They aren’t afraid to go long, which I love. They weave in multimedia, multi-channel content fluidly, whether via animated gifs, infographics, interactive charts or Youtube...

  Two men sit across from each other at a table, one of them turning a white and orange business card over in his fingers. -       What’s with the name? -       Do you like it? -       It’s different. -       When I tried to come up with a name for the company, I was looking around for inspiration. I grabbed my copy of my favorite book, James Joyce’s Ulysses. -       Yeah? -       And I found this passage describing communications between two characters. It used the word...