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alexip718

@alexip718@journa.host

Freedom through truth for service.

Editor https://journa.host/@thexylom | GT '23 | MIT GPSW'24 | Cat parent | Mountain Time | God is Good.

前途是光明的,道路是曲折的 🇭🇰

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alexip718, to Atlanta
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sent out a memo to its staff and freelancers this week, banning them from making any public comment regarding the War in Gaza:

"Our operating principles also say you may support human rights with limitations."

What do you mean by "human rights with limitations"?

However, the majority of our journalists, in most roles, are expected to separate their personal opinions from our news coverage. Inappropriate social media comments can undermine colleagues' ability to cover issues and can cause controversy at a time when we need to be focused on covering the news and not becoming the subject of coverage and criticism. Our Ethics Code on political involvement and social media says to avoid expressing or posting opinions that reflect partiality or create perceptions of bias and undermine the credibility of the AJC. This applies specifically to politics and public policy and generally to all divisive areas of public debate. Each employee of our newsroom shares that obligation; it is not limited to those who cover politics or hard news.
Our operating principles also say you may support human rights with limitations. That is admittedly a difficult needle to thread when there are multiple human rights issues in a divisive debate. This is one of those cases, so we want to offer clear guidance for everyone: Do not post about or publicly discuss your personal views on the war, the protests or related policy discussions in any way that suggests you are taking sides or reflecting partiality. This includes both words and images. If you have any doubt or question, consult a supervisor before acting. If you are a columnist or opinion writer, you have different limits, and the views you express in the AJC are carefully edited and reviewed. Take extra care with personal formats like unofficial social media and do not extend your statements beyond your AJC-published work. I am happy to discuss any questions you may have.

alexip718, to Georgia
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Wrote a few words for @thexylom.com's newsletter about how all Georgians lost when the UGA First Amendment Law Clinic suspended all open records work.

https://buttondown.email/thexylom/archive/a-note-on-press-freedom-in-georgia/

#georgia #atlanta #copcity #orr #journalism #news

alexip718, to Palestine
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BREAKING: Below is what would have been USC valedictorian Asna Tabassum’s commencement speech, as published on USC Annenberg Media and the Daily Trojan.

Mid-April her speech was cancelled citing security reasons triggering a series of events and national coverage.

https://www.uscannenbergmedia.com/2024/05/10/usc-2024-valedictorian-commencement-address/

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Congratulations, Class of 2024. [REDACTED] Thank you."

alexip718, to boston
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My observations of MIT student encampments/ protests, and why I cover them, for @thexylom's newsletter:

https://buttondown.email/thexylom/archive/on-the-eve-of-our-anniversary-a-dispatch-from-mit/

alexip718, to boston
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More scenes from MIT Pro-Palestine encampments at Kresge Oval last evening. Despite counter-protests and disruptions to traffic, the past 24 hours were largely peaceful.

I recommend following The Tech, MIT's student newspaper, for their relentless coverage of events on campus.

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alexip718, to Atlanta
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BREAKING: Former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Republican, endorses Biden in an AJC Op-Ed.

“The GOP will never rebuild until we move on from the Trump era, leaving conservative (but not angry) Republicans like me no choice but to pull the lever for Biden."

https://www.ajc.com/opinion/geoff-duncan-why-im-voting-for-biden-and-other-republicans-should-too/LFLE5YWCBBA6VDGJAJKMNPCDKQ/

alexip718, to Atlanta
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Thank you to Atlanta Press Club for naming me the 2024 Rising Star, awarded to the most outstanding Atlanta-area journalist under 30!

Unfortunately, I could not attend today due to a scheduling conflict. Award acceptance statement TK on @thexylom.

(📸: Emily Wu Pearson/WABE)

alexip718, to Georgia
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A University of Georgia student was sent this notice of interim suspension after he was arrested Monday at a protest.

The email at 5:09 pm asked him to explain why he shouldn't be suspended by 5:10 pm or it would go into effect at 5:11 pm.

(h/t Patrick Quinn/ATLNewsFirst)

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alexip718, to news
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Excited to announce that I'm part of the 2024 Institute for Nonprofit News Emerging Leaders Council!

I will be focusing on @thexylom's operations documentation and succession planning.

https://inn.org/news/news-leaders-to-focus-on-succession-planning-board-development-and-fundraising-through-2024-emerging-leaders-council/

alexip718, to climate
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On , support @thexylom the only AAPI-run and AAPI-serving environmental and climate newsroom in the United States!

As a nonprofit, we rely on reader donations to sustain our operations:

https://bit.ly/thexylom-over-billionaires

alexip718, to Texas
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Inbox: The DOJ proposes a consent decree with Koch subsidiary Flint Hills Resources for their Christmas Eve 2022 oil spill at Ingleside, TX. Flint Hills will pay $989,212.80 in Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act fines.

A 30-day public comment period ends May 13th:

https://www.justice.gov/enrd/media/1346976/dl?inline
#Texas #earthday #environment #bigoil #legal #news

alexip718,
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SCOOP: I was told by Cyndi Valdes, Executive Director of Ingleside on the Bay Coastal Watch Association, that residents hadn't heard about the proposed consent decree until I approached them for comment.

Here's IOBCWA's statement. Still awaiting a response from Flint Hills.

(cc: @deceleration)

#earthday #texas #bigoil #industry #environment #climate #news

alexip718, to boston
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Spotted at the Boston Marathon, near Cleveland Circle!!

The winner ran a 4:49 mile, or roughly 12.5 miles per hour. That's faster than the green line (10.4 mph), barely slower than the Red Line (13.4 mph)

He's not wrong.

alexip718, to Atlanta
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Excited to announce that @thexylom is a two-time finalist for the Atlanta Press Club Awards:

  1. Rising Star: myself!
  2. Photo Essay: "A Walk through Weelaunee Forest" by @nonmodernist which challenges the City of Atlanta's lies about "Cop City")

https://www.thexylom.com/post/perspective-a-walk-through-weelaunee-forest

alexip718, to boston
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Interesting analysis coming from Lexington, Mass.: by slashing the price of a year-round bus pass to $20 from as much as $260, the City gained ridership while retaining roughly the same revenue

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/03/18/opinion/lexington-mass-transit-service-cutting-costs/

alexip718, to science
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On day, a reminder that Georgia Tech still hasn't apologized for censoring my account of how my Environmental Engineering education prepared me for @thexylom's award-winning "Cop City" coverage.

Here's John Ruch's analysis (he has since left Atlanta journalism entirely): https://saportareport.com/georgia-tech-emails-about-cop-city-post-censorship-read-like-an-unfunny-sitcom/columnists/johnruch/

alexip718, to science
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I'm interviewed by The Open Notebook about how science explainers can inform and empower local audiences!

https://www.theopennotebook.com/2024/02/13/writing-science-explainers-for-local-audiences/

alexip718,
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Here's that "Cop City" piece I did for @thexylom that I mentioned in the interview, published almost exactly a year ago to this day:

https://www.thexylom.com/post/fact-checking-the-city-of-atlanta-s-claims-on-cop-city

alexip718, to science
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Now that I have a new personal website, time to reintroduce myself!

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of @thexylom, an award-winning (!), nonprofit, Gen-Z-run newsroom covering the communities influencing and being shaped by science 🧪

I'm also part of the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing, Class of 2024!

https://alexip718.com

alexip718, to sustainability
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Honored to deliver this The Anthem Awards acceptance speech on behalf of our @thexylom team, where we were named a Silver Winner in News & Journalism, Sustainability, Environment, & Climate.

Our message is simple: Support local, independent, nonprofit journalism; our democracy depends on it.

Donate to science journalism that makes an impact: https://opencollective.com/thexylom

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alexip718, to baltimore
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Good news: The Baltimore Sun will not die by a thousand paper cuts from a hedge fund.

The bad news: it's now owned by the guy who owns Sinclair.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/2024/01/15/baltimore-sun-media-sold-david-d-smith/

alexip718, to science
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At the end of my reporting trip, and just found out @thexylom got a shoutout on the @scifri podcast (12:47) ??? Thank you!!!

https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/science-journalism-trust-in-science/

alexip718, to Atlanta
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Ahem, what does AJC Publisher Andrew Morse mean by "the right way" here?

The way @thexylom has done our reporting that led to the NYTimes crediting us for "The Revival of Local Journalism", or one that's broken basic conflict of interest disclosure rules?

(Courtesy of GORA4ORRAU (@InoperableSink)/Twitter)

https://www.thexylom.com/post/fact-checking-the-city-of-atlanta-s-claims-on-cop-city

alexip718, to technology
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For those pondering about their New Year's resolutions: a child born in 2011 (!) Just broke Tetris

https://www.404media.co/13-year-old-becomes-first-person-to-ever-beat-tetris/

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