I talked to local show promoter Chris DeCarlo of Kids Like You and Me (KLYAM) about the impact of bands leaving Boston, and why that has become a common trend recently.
“From what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard, the biggest thing is that it’s really expensive to live here, and that people can find cheaper cities to live in where they can still do their art. It’s really tough here for people to thrive, so that really is the biggest thing—the money factor.”
“I think, unfortunately, the city really doesn’t value art, at least in a monetary sense. It boils down to that. It’s tough in general, even booking shows, where a lot of the places have these huge rental fees you have to pay for. And then most of the bands don’t really make that much money, because they’re constantly spending money on different things, like recording and buying instruments and everything. It’s tough.”
In this podcast created by editorial staff at the Portland Press Herald, the rallies that arose in response to Trump’s inauguration were analyzed. Cynthia Dill, a columnist, kept an eye on many social media forms as the rallies were taking place to gauge the response among the Trump administration as well as activists. The staff pondered what the rallies would achieve as a movement going forward. They also touched on local political happenings afterwards.
This podcast focused on local politics on a national scale, and again, it discussed the actions of the Trump administration. As journalists should, they take a very unbias stance. They look at the issues and analyze the “Trump philosophy” from a logical standpoint by looking at the causes and effects of Trump’s decisions and actions. They also predict what will happen as a result. Occasionally they will offer an opinion, but they’ll try to connect it directly back to the facts and arguments they had previosly discussed. Outside of the usual columnists in this panel, there was an expert on rural Maine economy to offer perspective for a certain segment on the people in rural Maine and how they are affected by national and local governmental policies.
Like most publications, the Portland Press Herald has an active Twitter account in which they tweet their articles with relevant hashtags and retweet articles pertaining to Maine, often tweeted by other Maine news organizations. In addition, PPH retweets news updates tweeted by their reporters. The tweets tend to be follow ups to articles in the Press Herald. At the bottom of every article on the publication’s site, they include the Twitter handle for the reporter who wrote the article. They also offer an option to tweet out the article from your personal Twitter account via a button under the headline/at the bottom of the page.
More quotes from Jeff Somers for my upcoming profile on the exodus of Boston bands.
Philly feels more like a city because you have diversity and culture. It’s culture—that’s all it is. When everything is a state-of-the-art, modern condominium, that’s the death of art.
I think [Boston] is pushing artists out. I don’t think people want to leave the place where their network is and their friends are.
The Portland Press Herald addressed the high amount of snow Maine has been getting over the course of the past week. Though the article is about snow, a seemingly mundane topic for Maine that may not even appear newsworthy, reporter Gillian Graham made the story newsworthy by the angle she took.
Graham mostly addressed the difficulties the snow caused (and continues to cause) in Maine residents’ daily life. I think a logical follow-up article would be about how the state should address the problems such as outages and the blockage of streets from plowed snow. The weather can’t be controlled, especially in more extreme cases like this one, but perhaps a reporter could explore possible options for improvement–what could the state do to better prepare or react (i.e. more plows, underground power lines, etc.)?
One feature I didn’t like was the incessant use of numbers in addressing the outages and inches of snow per town. Though informational, the grafs were ones I feel that people would skim over.
On a positive note, the article included a gallery of six photos from around southern Maine to give readers a visual reference for the inches of snow given in the article. Having the gallery at the top of the article also was beneficial, because the photos were very visually appealing and may produce interest in the article itself.
Here are some quotes from my upcoming feature on the current micro-exodus of Boston bands leaving to go to other U.S. cities. I spoke to Jeff Somers of Boston-turned-Philadelphia-turned-Boston (again)-based band about why he left Boston and why others have been following in his footsteps in the past year.
“The double-edged sword of these liberal modern cities [like Boston] is the regulations and too much sterility. Everything is so safe and so controlled; there’s no room for punk rock. You need some sort of lack of structure for that to exist.”
“[Boston’s DIY scene] was better five years ago, four years ago. It was a little bit crazier. A lot of artists have moved out. There was a lot more wacky, wild, extreme music happening five years ago than there is right now. Philly’s DIY scene, there’s less paranoia about noise complaints, pissing off your fancy neighbors. You can just play music in your basement all night. It’s a mixed-up city.”
In one of NME’s lighthearted news story, reporter Luke Morgan Britton covers a recent quote (allegedly said in jest) by Stevie Wonder about telling “the truth” about his sight after claiming to have flown planes before.
Britton helped put the quote in context, describing in what scenario it had been said, while also offering an even deeper context regarding conspriacy theories surrounding Wonder’s blindness. For readers who were unaware of these conspiracies, Britton conveniently had a hyperlink to a site that had comprehensive explanations for why there is a conspiracy about Wonder’s blindess (or lackthereof.)
Britton also linked to other recent articles involving Wonder, and included a sentence or so about them at the end of this article. NME does this often; they will write an article and then mention other news that has popped up about the story’s subject recently, even if it relates very minimally to the current story itself. Though I always find it a bit out of place, I think this is a good tactic to get readers to check out other articles written by NME, especially if they hadn’t read them when they were originally published.
Again, a tweet by TMZ that had a video where Wonder said he would “reveal the truth” is embedded in the article, just to substaniate the story and make that source readily available to readers.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Marsh Plaza at Boston University on Jan. 30 to voice their frustration with President Trump’s recent ban on immigration.
“Boston is an incredibly diverse city and it’s so important for a city like Boston to stand in solidarity with the affected groups,” said Yasmin Younis, one of the rally’s organizers.
The idea for the rally arose after Trump enforced a ban on immigrants from seven primarily Islamic countries. As immigrants were being detained in airports around the country, Younis was working to gather Boston’s community to express their discontent.
“I think what [Trump] did with this executive order has sent a very terrifying message to the rest of the world,” said Rose Smith, one of the protesters present at the rally Monday.
“The fact that Trump has signed so many executive orders in such a short amount of time, and is pushing something that none of the people actually want is horrifying,” said Emily Lainet, an Emerson College student who also attended the rally.
Though fear and anger motivated protestors, the rally also offered a sense of solace to those present. Poems were read expressing sadness, but also optimism. Hopeful slogans like “The people united will never be defeated,” echoed throughout Marsh Plaza.
The protest was followed by a “debriefing session” arranged by Younis in order to discuss practical steps to take moving forward in the fight against xenophobia.
“I hope this makes noise and gets the attention of those who don’t necessarily understand why what’s happening is wrong,” said Younis. “I hope people will use this momentum to continue to strive to make a difference.”