Sun Spotting: UPDATE
Now that we are set up in our new Calvert St. offices, we’re going to be taking a closer look at the doings of our neighbors downstairs.
As The Sun reported Friday, on Feb 21, a police officer “forcibly escorted Baltimore Sun photo editor Chris Assaf away from the scene of a police-involved shooting.” Robert Hamilton, The Sun‘s director of photography, wrote a piece, “In Defense of the First Amendment,” to go along with all of the photos of the incident, which are chilling. Hamilton didn’t mention the arrest of City Paper photographer Noah Scialom at a performance at the Coward Shoe building last November (we posted photos of that encounter too), but Poynter remembered it. Still, Chris Assaf, thanks for fighting for us all.
Speaking of the Coward Shoe, Sun columnist Jacques Kelly really needs to do some reporting. He went for a stroll down Howard St. last week and wrote “I kept walking and spotted the old Coward Shoe building on Howard near Saratoga. Someone has fixed it up.” If he asked around, or ever read City Paper, he might have known that the location is a venue, now called Summa. You can come upstairs and ask, if you need, Jacques.
When we were uncertain about our own jobs last week, it was nice to see that the Sun was advertising for an investigative reporter, not only because it was a possible job for one of us, but because it meant The Sun was expanding. Now, we see that Scott Calvert announced on Twitter last Thursday that, after 14 years at The Sun, he has accepted a job at the Wall Street Journal. This week’s report on the Lexington Market is not a bad way to go out. We wish him luck.
Initially*, we thought that this meant there was not to be an expansion, but, as it turns out, one new investigative position has reportedly been filled and The Sun is still looking to hire, in order to fill out a larger investigative team. Bravo! More on the new hire as soon as we can confirm.
Finally, in the interest of full disclosure, several Sun reporters invited a few of our folks down the the Sidebar for some drinks this week to welcome us, which we all enjoyed. Thanks.
*This post originally reported that there were no evident expansions. City Paper regrets the error.