It’s time to take another look at the week that was in Arkansas Business. First, above, our weekly “Arkansas Business Week in Review,” which airs Saturday mornings on THV 11 News. We look back on a week chock full of Arkansas public company earnings and other developments.
Meanwhile, AETN’s “Arkansas Week,” we talk about the farm bill in Washington D.C., new developments in the Arkansas governor’s race, earnings season and the abortion law in court. You can watch the full episode — which features me, Rick Fahr, David Keith and host Steve Barnes – right here.
In the nearly 17 years since Atlanta’s Olympic Park bombing, technology has transformed how large-scale investigations can work. Federal officials in Boston reportedly sifted through more than 10 terabytes of data — much of it images and video recorded at the marathon site.
Above is how I first met McCord, on Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV-TV, Channel 11, where, for a time, he wrote and delivered commentaries. I’d meet in person years later, after graduating high school, going to college and attending SPJ events. He was always an exceptionally nice and thoughtful person, and to say he’ll be missed is understatement.
And yet, there are still people—literally millions of them—who actually have to ask why we didn’t simply slow down and wait until the whole story came in so that we could run an accurate, fact-checked article that didn’t exaggerate the number of dead by 9 or 10 people. To that, I say: How could you even think about accurately reporting a tragedy at a time like this? When those pipe bombs or whatever they were—I believe they were pipe bombs—went off, we weren’t wasting time making routine inquiries with law enforcement officials, or relying on the reporting of those actually on the ground, or maintaining even a tenuous grasp on the journalistic conventions of truth and integrity. We were doing what needed to be done: dashing off haphazard, poorly sourced yellow journalism that included an entirely speculative report on a Saudi national who we strongly suggested was behind the attack without a modicum of supportive evidence.
With the help of Kickstarter, our friends Jamie & Lisa and Keith & Amanda have founded Treatsie, a delicious monthly subscription service to artisan candies from an ever-changing variety of vendors. Treatsie shipped its first box this week, and as Kickstarter backers, Laura and I rushed home to open it.
This year, I’ll be overseeing a panel called “Mind Your Business,” which examines the business end of being an author, including using tools like Kickstarter to fund projects, building interactive books as apps and marketing your work online.
Each of these authors have had fascinating experiences in publishing, particularly as business models have been upended by the web and digital reading. I’m looking forward to hearing their advice for authors looking for new ways to share their work and ideas.
On this week’s edition of AETN‘s “Arkansas Week,” Steve Barnes talks to Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel about ExxonMobil and the Mayflower oil spill. Plus, me, KUAR’s Michael Hibblen and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Doug Thompson discuss the Medicaid non-expansion expansion and gubernatorial/congressional politics.
A rainy weekend finally afforded some time to get this video, shot at the end of the last summer. It was my nephew Samuel’s first trip to the Little Rock Air Force Base air show, and I think he had a good time. Also: Laura and I check out some fancy aircraft and enjoy tacos on tarmac.