Jessica Da Silva, who writes powerfully and always with real emotion on her blog, has generated angry reactions to her latest posting once more.
Regular readers of These Digital Times will remember intern DaSilva worked for the The Tampa Tribune, a local Florida newspaper. In a posting It’s worth fighting she bore witness to the announcement by the managing editor that the paper was in such a perilous financial position that redundancies were likely. Also radical change was needed for the paper to survive with the website, focusing on local news, likely to take priority over the paper product.
We last heard from her shell shocked from the hornet’s nest she seemed to have stirred. Her shock was understandable. Journalists, from quite different but equally vulnerable papers, had used her comments on her blog to take out their frustration at the rapidly changing media landscape. If ever there was a case of attacking the messenger.
Earlier this week, Jessica used a posting to discuss her editorship of a student paper. Pre-semester jitters is perfectly acceptable discussion of her views as she starts the job, written yet again in her personable style. But , again. she has attracted anger from a commentator called “Tired”. Here s/he is.