Journalist, interloper, etc. Knight-Bagehot alum @columbiajourn, @columbia_biz. On leave as a legal reporter @business. Views are mine.

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I'm a legal journalist for Bloomberg News living and working in New York City. I mostly cover cases having to do with business and finance, although I sometimes write about terrorism, crime and legal disputes involving social issues. I work out of courthouses in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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@ChristieSmythe — 1,773 followers, 3,407 tweets

May 24, 2017

RT @gerryfsmith: Journalism ad campaigns: WashPost: "Democracy dies in darkness." NYT: "The truth is hard to find." NBC 4 New York:…

May 23, 2017

"He's a pirate all right, but he owns up to it and enjoys being a pirate." Mark Twain on his friend, robber baron Henry Huttleston Rogers.

May 23, 2017

I can't tell whether either premise in this tweet is backed up by the contents of this long, annoyingly convoluted story.

May 22, 2017

"The world-change rhetoric around Silicon Valley is an act of branding that lets the tech industry get away with far more than it should."

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I wrote for the business section at the Cape Cod Times. Cape Cod, especially in winter, is a strange but fun place to be in one's early 20s.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Once or twice as a kid for fun. In my writer-heavy Brooklyn neighborhood, I see them sometimes at the flea market. Always so expensive!

How is social media changing news?

Social media impact on news is the same as the impact of pouring gasoline on a small camp fire. It explodes then burns out fast.


Society of American Business Editors and Writers, Best in Business

2008 - business journalism
Won along with other team members for coverage of the meltdown of a mortgage lender, First Magnus, which was a precursor to approaching financial crisis.