Some 15 years after Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis exposed R. Kelly as a sexual predator who raped teen girls, a new Q & A with DeRogatis has ignited the kind of viral attention that his astounding investigation should have gotten years ago.|
I grew up reading DeRogatis in the Chicago Sun-Times. I probably gave him less than his due because my father read him so closely, and as a teenager, it was too easy to roll my eyes about the things my dad liked. But I was a twerp.
DeRogatis has serious chops. As serious as any music journalist out there. And I keep on slowly hearing about more and more of his work. He has investigated Ticketmaster's monopolistic endeavors, wrote the "true story" of the Flaming Lips, and co-hosts "Sound Opinions" from WBEZ, of which I am finally a regular listener.
His commitment to his journalist principles has become an inspiration. His new Q & A about the R. Kelly investigation is a must-read over at the Village Voice.
Among the media insider-y insights (it's not, in general, an insider's interview) is this gem about how to cover a beat and put in the hard work:
When you cover the courts in Chicago or any city, you go twice a day and
you go through the bin of cases that have been filed and every once in a
while Michael Jordan's been sued or someone went bankrupt and it's this
sexy story and you pull it out. These suits had been filed at 4 p.m. on
Christmas Eve. Ain't no reporter working at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and they flew under the radar.
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