I specialize in what is called computer-assisted reporting. Journalists in the past were often hack novelists. I'm a hack computer programmer. I use computers to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information.
In the news industry, disruption is an understatement. In recent years, the news media has traveled a course similar to the massive ocean-liners that, ballasts emptied and leaking polluted effluent, are suicidally run aground onto the beaches of East Asia, where their once-prized hulls are stripped down by Pakistani shipbreakers and sold for scrap.
Voter turnout in the March 7 mayoral election in Los Angeles was 20%, just above the record low, final results show. Dean Logan, the Los Angeles County registrar, had expected turnout to break the record low of 17.9% in 2009, when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was reelected.