Ahhh, to be back in the city again. Heading off my bus and out the Port Authority doors I am quite nervous for my upcoming interviews, so first I must inhale some fresh nicotineâ€¦Ahhhh, now then. The sights and sounds of the city are flowing back into me, like welcome friends, theyâ€¦
â€œYo! You gots another for me dude?â€ A gentleman asks me
Of course I hand out a smoke, having made the rookie mistake of pulling out cigarettes here, I am obliged to play by the rules. In doing so, I make an even bigger fool of myself by letting his buddies glimpse my full packâ€¦.SHITE. I brace myself... Read More
Last Wednesday hundreds of passengers were stranded at John F. Kennedy International Airport here in Queens. While most were stranded inside the terminals, some passengers were aboard planes that were stuck on the tarmac. Contrary to what many may believe, Jetblue was not the only airline that had planes trapped on the tarmac due to ice. American Airlines also had planes on the tarmac with passengers aboard but had the passengers returned to the terminals after three hours. Retrieving their luggage was another story. Police had to be called in to restore calm after boisterous passengers demanded... Read More
Mayrav Saar from Fishbowl LA (blog for media professionals in LA), wrote a short post about the launch of BrooWaha New York. Here it is:
Our favorite homegrown citizen journalism site, BrooWaha, is expanding its reach to New York.
FBLA wrote about the 6-month-old Web site when it first launched and noted founder/editor Ariel Vardi's desire for the site to be *the* super-local news spot of Los Angeles.
While Old Media-types scoffed, Vardi quietly met his goals. On the site he writes:
"I have personally noticed a significant increase in the overall quality of the writing on the website.... Read More
It is my great pleasure to announce that your very own Broowaha is launching a New York edition and welcoming new contributors from the New York area!
The new website for BrooWaha New York is:
As a visitor from BrooWaha Los Angeles, you have access to most features on BrooWaha New York. You can read articles, leave comments, send messages, etc... The main restriction on visitors is that they can only publish articles in their city of origin. However, please feel free to browse the New York edition and support your fellow contributors from the east... Read More
When the LA Times was working on an article about our very own BrooWaha a few months ago, I had the chance to meet Glenn Koenig, one of their Staff Photographers, when he came to my house to take my picture. Because I have always had a passion for photojournalism, I had a great time observing Glenn at work. I was able to chat with him during the shoot and acquire a few photography tips!
We kept in touch and he gracefully accepted to grant BrooWaha an interview and share his thoughts on photography and the state journalism today. The interview is reproduced below:
When did you become... Read More
My friend got married right after college in a very small town in western Michigan. Marshall had cobble-stone streets, an old trust bank, and a fountain quietly jetting out of a limestone bowl. The morning of the wedding brought a parade (and a wedding, eventually). Brass bands marched down the Main Street and people whistled and cheered from the sidewalk.
At a break in the parade I stopped to buy some corn on the cob. The cobs roasting near the stand smelled great and looked even better: the healthy yellow of sunflowers. Yet one bite in and ... tasteless. Ditto for the second. â€œThis must be... Read More
Two Los Angeles beaches are closed once again due to sewage spills: Will Rogers State Beach at Santa Monica Canyon storm drain (Chautauqua) in Pacific Palisades and Dockweiler State Beach at Ballona Creek in Playa del Rey. The closed section spans from 100 yards on either side from the point of discharge. In addition, warning signs have been posted at the Santa Monica beach at Wilshire Blvd. storm drain, spanning 50 yards on both sides of the drain. According to LAâ€™s Department of Health Ocean Water Monitoring Program, â€œA beach is closed anytime there is a known sewage or chemical spill... Read More