Mr. Carr, a media columnist for The New York Times, died last week after collapsing in newsroom. An autopsy reported that lung cancer, along with heart disease, caused his death on the night of Feb. 12.
Carr had just completed a TimesTalk with Edward Snowen, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald about their Oscar-nominated documentary “Citzenfour.” Carr’s insight delivered in his weekly Media Equation columns concerning politics, technology, big business and the media was brilliant.
As many others admirers have stated, he always brought a great deal of empathy to those in his stories. He was not out to surprise people, but rather to get at the truth. Hopefully his hard work will inspire more journalists to do their best.
In this episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” New York Times columnist, and journalist’s journalist, Carr remembers the first big story of his career. Trying to be a journalist, Carr began investigating an instance of police brutality in Minneapolis. He eventually convinced the editor of the the Twin Cities Reader to run it and it landed on the front page.