A few weeks ago I saw the horrendous romantic comedy “How to Be Single.” (It was free at the Navy base, OK?)
In one of the first scenes, Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” blares as the main character rides across the Manhattan Bridge in a taxi, unsure of herself but ready to take a leap in the big city.
So, yeah, I cheesily blared the same song as I rode across the Manhattan Bridge in a taxi earlier this week, unsure of how I wound up headed to a journalism conference all about editing complex financial topics.
In the run-up to the conference, my anxiety started to mount about navigating the subway, and about whether I was qualified to be in a room talking about pensions and budget intricacies when journalists from places like the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Reuters – outlets that cover this stuff every day – would be there too.
But as the sessions began, speaker after speaker began to lecture the group over how often the press either misunderstands financial issues, or ignores them altogether. There was just one place all those speakers seemed to think was doing a decent job. And it wasn’t Reuters, or the Wall Street Journal. One after the other, they’d click their Power Point slides over to a Voice of San Diego story.
They loved this piece from Liam Dillon explaining how the city wants to fund infrastructure improvements. And many of them held up Will Carless’ story on Poway’s capital appreciation bond as the pinnacle of watchdog financial journalism.
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Hopefully, VOSD will dig into the Chargers' financing proposal with the same thoroughness and zeal Carless and Dillon displayed in their stories on school bonds and infrastructure funding (I also fondly remember Will's analysis of "affordable" housing). There's a big expose' here, hopefully to be revealed before anything is voted upon.