It was a busy summer at IndieWire and I’d like to think I’ve hit the ground running. Been a few months since the last post here and I figure I might as well share some of my reporting, analyses and features I’ve worked on. Let’s pretend that I intentionally waited until the official start of fall to share my summer content and haven’t just been sitting on a draft of this post for over a month due to procrastination. It turns out that the manic hustle to constantly self-promote doesn’t seem as important when you’re no longer working in an environment where mass layoffs are the corporate culture. Well, this is still the journalism industry, so knock on wood. But uhh…

Ahem. Anyway, while scanning over my IndieWire portfolio to find a few particularly interesting things to share here I was pleasantly surprised to see that I’d have to be somewhat selective. Again, it was a busy summer! Here’s a listicle:

The 71st Emmys Was a Catastrophic Failure for Awards Show Viewership
From today. Year-over-year viewership dropped by a third!

What’s the Best Way to Cut Through Peak TV’s Clutter? Executives Face a Huge Dilemma My takeaway from over 20 Television Critics Association interviews on the industry’s future.

‘Two Sentence Horror Stories’: Stage 13 Makes Genre Content Inclusive and Gets CW Debut A feature on a relatively new Warner Bros. studio and its recently-released horror miniseries.

AT&T Shape: Virtual Reality Has Potential, But the Skepticism Is Well-Earned Virtual reality has been the next big thing for years and I wrote about the tech is still failing to impress, despite being a major focus of big events such as AT&T Shape.

Analysts React to Apple TV+: ‘It’s Going to Be a Cash Drain’ I asked analysts if they were :[ or :] on Apple TV+ and most of them said :[

The IndieWire Guide to Streaming on a Budget – This article is IndieWire’s guide to streaming on a budget.

On Gavin Newsom’s gas tax withholding proposal

This is a belated share, but I reported on how California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to withhold gas tax revenue from cities and counties that fail to meet their housing goals could impact Ventura County.

As regular readers of The Star know, Ventura County’s housing growth isn’t even close to where the state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation process says it should be. So, that’s something to keep in mind. Story.

Proposition 5 article for the Ventura County Star

…I also wrote about this measure. At long last, the article has published. Here it is.

In other news, I will be writing one more album review this year. Cult Leader’s new one. As I mentioned on Twitter, this record is stupid good. Review will be out sometime next week.

I’m sure I’ll also be writing an album of the year list for Metal Injection, which will likely be published in mid December.


The Warped Tour article

I covered Warped Tour’s final Ventura date for the Ventura County Star. Here is the article.

I was The Star’s guy for interviewing Mark McGrath at the Ventura County Fair last year and I was excited to bring my love for music journalism, which I typically only get to work on outside of the 9-5 newsroom job, back to the newspaper.

Alright, that sounded ridiculously corporate. But this was a genuinely fun and exciting opportunity and I think my enthusiasm for this kind of coverage is apparent in the article.

On Housing Secretary Ben Carson’s proposed rent increases on HUD properties

I spent most of last week analyzing the impact that Housing Secretary Ben Carson’s (since rescinded) proposal to raise rents in HUD-funded housing could have on Ventura County.

The article was embargoed for several days and by the time it went up Carson had stepped away from his plans. Holding the article until Sunday was not my decision. Regardless, HUD-funded housing will always be a major topic and I think there’s plenty if still-relevant information to unpack here.

Here’s the article.