Rafat Ali, paidContent.org founder, on where he got his journalistic chops:
One of the things I tell people is that at Inside.com, how I learned to report was actually from watching you [FishbowlNY contributor Greg Lindsay] and [now-New York Times media reporter] David Carr conduct interviews on the phone. In school, they never teach you how to do phone interviews they never teach you about interviews in the first place. One of the things I learned from David Carr I overheard him because he was generally loud, especially at the old Inside.com building where I sat across from him was how to ask the hard questions.
By the way: Ali’s guilty pleasure? “Carpenters.” We’re hoping he means the band.