One of the first things aspiring journalists learn is to keep themselves out of the story, if not completely, then as much as possible. “No one cares about you,” is how one editor once put it.
But with only a small portion of questions posed and stories heard actually making it to print, journalists are often full of great anecdotes and hilarious insights that never get a proper audience. Also, they often like to bad-mouth each other—listening to them can turn into a gossip show for nerds. Which is why Wednesday at the Drake Underground promises to be a treat.
The group Nonfiction is producing their first show, billed as “media gossip, conflict, innuendo,” beginning at 9 p.m. For just $5.25, you can be privy to “the stories usually told privately, between journalists, and over drinks.”
Fans of shuttered Toro magazine will no doubt be interested in hearing editor Derek Finkle’s stories about his publication’s conflicts with Canada’s Old Gray Lady, The Globe and Mail. If you’re wondering who the CBC‘s most difficult radio guest was, The Current producer Richard Goddard will tell you. Jay Teitel discusses “the many deaths of Saturday Night magazine,” a publication with a rollercoaster history that was essential reading in its best incarnations.
Ominously, the Toronto Star‘s Antonia Zerbisias will speak about “the end of media criticism (or at least the end of her media criticism column).” This is startling news for fans of Zerbisias, who already experienced the end of her delightful blog late last year, but if her Wikipedia entry is to be believed, she’s simply taking a new tack as the paper’s social issues and cultural trends columnist.
The event is off the record, meaning you’ll have to show up to find out what sure-to-be intriguing dirt is dished.
Photo by Diva Eva.