Lindsay Beyerstein

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Lindsay Beyerstein

Background

Lindsay Beyerstein was born in Vancouver, British Colombia in 1978 and grew up in the suburb of Port Moody.[1]

Her father, as at March 19, 2007, was a professor at Simon Fraser University and studies drugs and behavior. He has always been active in drug policy reform. Lindsay likes to say she was raised on Soros formula.[2]

Her father and his brother Dale, a philosophy professor, are well known media personalities in greater Vancouver; her father handles most of the B.C. Sceptics-related interviews and Dale speaks about civil liberties.[3]

Her mother is a grant facilitator and her only other sibling - Loren, her brother, is finishing his undergraduate degree in communications.[4]

She is a Brooklyn, New York based investigative journalist.[5]

She describes herself as an athiest.[6]

Education

Beyerstein began attending classes at Simon Fraser when she was 12; she took her first university philosophy course the summer she turned 13.

She majored in philosophy at SFU and also volunteered at the treatment information project at AIDS Vancouver, helping clients research their medical options.[7]

After graduation, she moved to Montreal to be closer to her partner Darcy (DJA) whom she had met online at Salon Table Talk.

At this point she had been working as a technical writer on occupatioal health and safety.

Her partner had got a scholarship to the New England Conservatory in Boston.[8]

Beyerstein then decided to study with Daniel Bennett at Tufts in nearby Medford where she got accepted to the M.A. program.[9]

After 9/11 , she trained as an EMT while she did her philosophy Ph.D.[10]

From there she moved to New York and got work as a medical writer through an old friend from Table Talk. It was while she was in New York that she began political blogging and this eventually eclipsed her dedication to philosophy studies.[11]

She became involved with reporting from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and when she returned from there, she began doing more blog-based reporting projects.[12]

The next month she went to Austin to cover Tom DeLay's first court appearence.

She also covered stories like the Lamont/Lieberman primary.[13]

She, by then had also begun writing for AlterNet and selling photographs.[14]

Early involvement in politics

Beyerstein has been involved in political campaigns since she was 16 and was an active member of the New Democratic Party throughout high school. Even at this tender age, she was, as part of her involvement in political campaigns, assisting an elderly trade unionist who had been a union organiser.[15]

Reporting

Beyerstein's reporting has appeared in AlterNet, The New York Press, Slate, In These Times, Salon as well as other publications.

Her work has also appeared in The Washington Independent and RH Reality Check.[16]

She also covered the 2008 presidential election for firedoglake.[17]

Photographer

Beyerstein's photo's have appeared in Salon, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, on PBS and in The Austin American Statesman.[18]

Regular speaker

Beyerstein regularly speaks on media, blogging and journalism.[19]

She has done presentations at BlogHer, National Organization for Women conference, The Center for American Progress, Netroots Nation and at MIT.[20]

Beyerstein is also a regular guest on the Nancy Skinner show on Air America Radio.[21]

Writing

Beyerstein is the author of the daily news bulletin called Morning Coffee, which is produced by the UN Foundation's Dispatch Blog.[22]

She is also a MediaWire Blogger for the Media Consortium in which she promotes healthcare coverage in TMC every week.[23]

Some of Beyerstein's recent articles carry such titles as "Big Business Backs Anti-Worker Amendment 1 in Georgia." and "Sweet Bakers' Union Pushes Back Against Corporate Greed."[24]

On taxes

Beyerstein says "I'd make the income tax system dramatically more progressive."[25]

Main threat to world peace and security

Beyerstein believes the main threat to the future peace and security of the world is "unchecked greed."[26]

JournoList

Lindsay Beyerstein of the Focal Point (blog) (formerly Majikthise) , was an identified member of JournoList - an email group of approximately 400 "progressive" and socialist journalists, academics and "new media" activists.

JournoList members reportedly coordinated their messages in favor of Barack Obama and the Democrats, and against Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. JournoList was founded in 2007 and was closed down in early 2010.[27]

Drum Major Institute

In 2009 Lindsay Beyerstein of majikthise was listed as a member of the Drum Major Institute Netroots Advisory Council[28]

References

  1. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  2. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  3. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  4. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  5. Lindsay Beyerstein Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 3, 2010)
  6. salon.com , Why I refused to blog for Edwards, Lindsay Beyerstein, February 26, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  7. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  8. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  9. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  10. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  11. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  12. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  13. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  14. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  15. Majikthise, Lindsay Beyerstein, Brief bio March 19, 2007 (accessed October 5, 2010)
  16. In These Times, Member Profile, Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 5, 2010)
  17. Lindsay Beyerstein Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 3, 2010)
  18. Lindsay Beyerstein Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 3, 2010)
  19. Lindsay Beyerstein Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 3, 2010)
  20. Lindsay Beyerstein Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 3, 2010)
  21. Normblog, The weblog of Norman Geras, March 20, 2009, The Normblog profile 287: Lindsay Beyerman (accessed October 5, 2010)
  22. Lindsay Beyerstein Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 3, 2010)
  23. Lindsay Beyerstein Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 3, 2010)
  24. In These Times, Member Profile, Lindsay Beyerstein (accessed October 5, 2010)
  25. Normblog, The weblog of Norman Geras, March 20, 2009, The Normblog profile 287: Lindsay Beyerman (accessed October 5, 2010)
  26. Normblog, The weblog of Norman Geras, March 20, 2009, The Normblog profile 287: Lindsay Beyerman (accessed October 5, 2010)
  27. Free Republic: JournoList: 151 Names Confirmed (with News Organizations), July 30, 2010 (accessed August 2, 2010)
  28. http://www.drummajorinstitute.org/board.php#NAC