Author Archives: Abraham

Whatever You Do, Vice, Don’t Hire That Copyeditor

Update for the copyeditors and journalists I irritated today: I wasn’t debating the value of copyeditors or saying copyediting was responsible for the drop in traffic. We, the top editors, were responsible for that. We were convinced that fewer, higher-quality stories would differentiate ourselves in the tech news world and would attract readers. We hired […]

Anger, vandalism at Oakland Zimmerman protest but no arrests or injuries

Originally published at Oakland Local. Several hours after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, more than a 100 protesters marched through downtown Oakland, chanting and carrying signs that read “We Are All Trayvon Martin” and “F*** The Police.” Despite a small group of protesters who smashed windows, spray painted […]

Oakland Police Chief’s unexplained medical leave follows report criticizing leadership

Originally posted on, 5/8. Hours after Oakland Police Department Chief Howard Jordan’s sudden, unexpected announcement that he was stepping down, city officials remained silent about the cause of his departure. But it follows on the heels of yet another damning report about endemic leadership problems inside the OPD. Last week, a federally appointed compliance […]

My Top 12 Narrative Crime Journalism Books

Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History Scott Selby, Greg Campbell On February 15, 2003, a group of thieves broke into an allegedly airtight vault in the international diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium and made off with over $108 million dollars worth of diamonds and other valuables. They did so without tripping an alarm […]