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Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: An Undocumented Immigrant's Life of Fear, Activism
WASHINGTON POST -- At age 16, when Vargas applied for a learner’s permit, he learned that his green card was fake and that he was in the country illegally. The clerk at the DMV told him his papers were false and whispered that he should not come back. She did not report him to anyone. In today’s harsh environment young people in a similar predicament might not be so lucky. Shocked and hurt, Vargas tried even harder to succeed, hoping to somehow earn his citizenship. He was a brilliant and active student, writing for the school paper and impressing the principal and the superintendent of the school district with his talent and drive. With these mentors in on his secret, he found a full scholarship to San Francisco State, where he won consecutive internships at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Philadelphia Daily News. He lost the offer of an internship at the Seattle Times because he told the truth about his legal status, so when the opportunity of a job at The Washington Post arrived, he lied and checked the citizen box on his application, successfully passing with false papers.

A few years later, when Vargas shared the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Post team that covered the Virginia Tech shooting, he went to the bathroom and cried, convinced that this new attention would lead to his being found out. But his luck held, and he remained hiding in plain sight.
plsi  alumni  hotshots  national  metrics 
3 days ago by sfstatelca
Did Facebook’s faulty data push news publishers to make terrible decisions on video?
This was Facebook’s actual error: It divided total time spent watching a video not by the total number of users who spent any time watching the video (a group that would have included people “quickly scrolling past muted auto-playing video advertisements”), but instead by only the number of users who watched a video for three seconds or more. The result: “A highly misleading result that favored Facebook.”
facebook  video  metrics 
4 days ago by iankennedy
Automating BuzzFeed
Freia Nahser/Global Editors Network, Oct. 11, 2018.
automatedjournalism  metrics  buzzfeed 
4 days ago by markcoddington
Lawsuit: "pivoting to video" was a disaster led by Facebook's cooked viewing data / Boing Boing
The company decided to "obfuscate the fact that we screwed up the math" by quietly retiring the erroneous metrics and replacing them with corrected metrics under a new name. For instance, Average Duration of Video Viewed would be replaced with Average Watch Time. [...] In August 2016, Facebook began reaching out privately to select, large advertisers, telling them that Facebook had "recently discovered a discrepancy" in the video ad average view metrics. Facebook pushed that message even as personnel internally emphasized that "we didn't recently discover a discrepancy." (emphasis added).
facebook  metrics  video  fail  lawsuits  content 
4 days ago by jm
Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Questions America in Memoir
SF WEEKLY -- At heart, the San Francisco State University graduate is a journalist. who worked for newspapers like the Chronicle and The Washington Post before becoming one of the few Filipinos to win a Pulitzer Prize. But as he gained national recognition for his work, he couldn’t cope with the lies it took to get there and revealed his undocumented status in a 2011 New York Times Magazine essay.

“None of that matters if the government doesn’t recognize that fully,” Vargas tells SF Weekly of his career successes. “One of the questions I wanted to answer is what happens when one person is invalidated by her or his government.”
plsi  alumni  hotshots  regional  metrics 
5 days ago by sfstatelca
Superfest Disability Film Festival in Berkeley, SF Shows Anything is Possible
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The traveling film festival began in Los Angeles in 1970, and San Francisco’s Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State have been longtime co-sponsors. Superfest bills itself as one of the few festivals worldwide that is completely accessible to filmgoers with disabilities.
longmore  regional  metrics 
5 days ago by sfstatelca
Opinion | We’re Measuring the Economy All Wrong - The New York Times
cui bono.
The skewed statistics aren't wrong to those parties intended to benefit.
economics  inequality  fail  metrics  law  statistics  income  labor  no.fucking.shit 
5 days ago by po

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