Archive for March, 2013

Journalism Upside Down

Posted in The Berkeley Scene, The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on March 28th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
March 27, 2013


I am about to turn journalism upside down.

The following story was written just so I could publish a photo. Usually I shoot and report, but my stories for the Berkeley Daily Planet were written first; later I selected a photo-essay.

First the story, then the pictures.

At papers like the SF Chronicle and on television, photographers pursue their own stories, but their editors will link their footage to the ten o’clock news.

The Oakland Tribune Media Group has, for at least a decade, put photography in the hands of reporters — saving money when my friend David Yee lost his press photographer’s job to someone like me.

We’re news reporters first and reluctant photojournalists second.

I spent so much time shooting mayor’s election forums last year , I often came away without a story. My editor saw me in action with the camera, and told me to stick to the story.

Shot that snapped me out of my reluctance to shoot. Mayor with aide stows chairs after calling the meeting, presiding over it and headline-grabbing. Photo by Ted Friedman/Berkeley Daily Planet.

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Murdered Berkeley Man, Peter M. Cukor, Didn’t Have to Die

Posted in Occupy Berkeley, The Berkeley Scene on March 21st, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Mar. 17, 2013


The last Berkeley Fuck the Police march I covered (marched in) for the Berkeley Daily Planet was last year, Feb. 18th. Nothing happened on the march but a Berkeley man was murdered at his home in an exclusive Berkeley hills mansion.

He was killed before fuck the police marchers entered Berkeley from downtown Oakland. Remember this as you read on.

City of Berkeley Police, who diverted an officer — who might have prevented the murder — later said, they were “monitoring occupy.” I was there. The police made one lame show of force near midnight. They cruised by in command cars and gave the marchers the stink eye. That’s it.

Feb. 18 last year. Occupy Oakland arrives in Berkeley at 7:20 to join Occupy Berkeley. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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Child Molesting Berkeley Style

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on March 9th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Mar. 8, 2013 | PS added: March 12, 2013


I could be charged with aiding a child molester for writing this. Keep in mind that I write from Berkeley California where we dance to a different drummer, although we don’t dance to anyone. We’re radical skeptics, in the tradition of Lord Berkeley.

Anyone could be a child molester but many child molesters work with kids.

Steven was accused of being a child molester. He has zero exposure to kids.

I met Steven last year when he told me an old friend of mine had died in Washington State. He seemed unusually sympathetic. He would soon lose his best friend, Harold, who died recently after forty years on the street.

I could tout Steven. But Steven could be Jesus Christ in Berkeley and be called a child molester.

Berkeley weirdo in trouble. Photo by Ted Friedman.

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