Rick Marshall

A Selection of Links to Published Work and Web Sites

Rick Marshall is a writer, editor and all-purpose blogger currently living in Astoria, NY.

As a writer, he has reported on everything from contentious local and state-level politics to pop culture and national media trends. In addition to authoring regular columns on technology and culture for several publications, he has penned various pieces of humor and memoir-style journalism and the occasional book or film critique.

His work has been printed (and reprinted) in various alternative newsweeklies, daily newspapers, trade publications and online media.

As an editor, he has provided copy and content editing for a variety of publications and online media outlets, as well as various novels and graphic novels.

As a blogger, he has provided news, views and insights on politics and culture, as well as the entertainment and mass media industries, via his personal website (mindpollution.org) and in his role as editor of MTV's Splash Page (splashpage.mtv.com).

Rick has been recognized as one of the comic book industry's notable journalists and has been called upon to comment on the industry by various online, broadcast, and print media.

In 2006, Rick was named "Writer of the Year" by the New York Press Association for his work as a staff writer for Metroland, the alternative newsweekly of New York's Capital Region.

His work was also cited by NYPA that year in their awards for coverage of Education (First Place) and for coverage of Business, Financial and Economic News (Third Place). Rick's short-form news writing was also recognized that year with an award by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

A year earlier, his work was cited by NYPA for coverage of the Environment (Third Place), as well as coverage of Health, Health Care and Science (Second Place).

Rick is a graduate of the State University of New York in Plattsburgh and holds degrees in Computer Science and Environmental Science.

He is proficient with most content management systems (such as Wordpress and MovableType), social media systems (such as Twitter and Facebook), and online programming languages (including HTML and CSS), as well as many audio/video and image editing applications (such as Avid, Final Cut, Audition, and Photoshop).

Contact Rick Marshall

Rick is the editor of MTV Splash Page, which can be found at: http://splashpage.mtv.com/.

Click here for a full archive of content authored by Rick Marshall for MTV Splash Page.

Rick previously served as the editor of ComicMix, which can be found at: http://www.comicmix.com/.

Click here for an archive of content authored by Rick Marshall for ComicMix.

Other Published Work:

A Novel Approach
Hudson Valley author Daniel Pinkwater has been letting Web readers take a peek at his new book for free—and is now waiting to see how it will affect sales
Metroland - May 3, 2007

Scandal? What Scandal?
Outer ripples of Abramoff corruption probe hit New York state, but cause little stir
Metroland - March 23, 2006

Next Caller, Please
Albany native Mike Stark has received national accolades, and on-air threats, for his relentless pursuit of dialogue on the right-wing airwaves
Metroland - March 16, 2006Metroland: March 2, 2006

Convention Wisdom
While other cities lament their failures with similar projects, Albany pushes forward with ambitious plans for a new convention center
Metroland - March 02, 2006

Democracy Now!, Now
Fight to get WAMC to carry national progressive news program leaves those on both sides feeling ill-used
Metroland - February 16, 2006

Bringing It All Back Home
Dorian Blues, Ballston Spa filmmaker Tennyson Bardwell’s first feature-length production, made its Capital Region debut to sellout audiences last weekend, providing a homecoming of sorts for much of the film’s cast and crew
Metroland - February 9, 2006

Matters of Life and Death
Ten years after identifying his brother as the Unabomber, David Kaczynski talks about what the experience cost him, and what it taught him about the criminal-justice system
Metroland - January 26, 2006

Tweak Your Way to Efficiency
Lifehacking turns a geeky eye on the stuff of everyday existence
Metroland - January 26, 2006

I'm All Over It
Developing an “Internet presence” in the ever-evolving digital universe
Metroland - January 26, 2006

Because Knowing is Half the Battle
Albany councilman leads push to make more comprehensive crime statistics available online
Metroland - January 12, 2006

Speak Now or Forever Question Your Vote
Voters’ rights advocates try to sway lawmakers against lobbyists pushing less reliable, more expensive voting machines
Metroland - January 12, 2006

Perfect Casting
Local filmmakers turn to a familiar face among sci-fi suspense fans for their latest project
Metroland - January 5, 2006

Metroland: September 8, 2005

A Hard-Knock Victorian Life
Street theater brings some balance to annual Troy stroll
Metroland - December 08, 2005

Touchy Subject
If state legislators aren’t actually talking about giving themselves a pay raise, they are talking about how best to do so
Metroland - December 08, 2005

Bullet Tracing
Albany’s Common Council looks to connect a name with a purchase when it comes to ammunition sales
Metroland - December 01, 2005

Who Can Complain?
Citizens’ Police Review Board takes a hard look at the definition of “complainant”
Metroland - November 24, 2005

What If I Throw in a Few Drinks?
Liquor store owner cries foul over wholesalers’ illegal perks and incentives
Metroland - November 17, 2005

Making Your Electoral Bed
When a newspaper agressively handicaps a race, does it end up handicapping its own coverage opportunities as well?
Metroland - November 3, 2005

Old-fashioned and High-tech
Joe Sullivan’s politics of fear may recall days gone by, but his campaign has leaped into the Internet age
Metroland - November 3, 2005wickets

Death Penalty Paper Trail
New archive makes UAlbany the international center for research on capital punishment
Metroland - October 20, 2005

Today's Test: Get Here Safely
Albany schools and the APD look to find a solution to insufficient numbers of crossing guards
Metroland - October 06, 2005

Letter of the Law
Suspicions in Albany’s Third Ward race are fueled by aggressive interpretation of a single “s” in poll-watcher credentialing rules
Metroland - September 29, 2005

Watching the Wickets
Booming abroad, cricket makes tenuous inroads via transplants and converts into American culture
Metroland - September 22, 2005

Agriculture Wars
Homebuyers seeking a peaceful country life can make uneasy neighbors for the region’s remaining small farmers
Metroland - September 15, 2005

A Landmark, Ailing
The Howe branch of the Albany Public Library could use some TLC— in the form of structural repairs and infrastructure improvements
Metroland - August 25, 2005

Home on the Firing Range
A proposal to build a Homeland Security training center has some Glenville residents up in arms
Metroland - August 18, 2005Metroland: January 26, 2006

Hook Happy
Joe’s Osborne Street Garage is under fire for illegal tows and unpleasant attitudes
Metroland - August 11, 2005

Under 18? Stay Home
Curfews, anti-skateboarding rules, closed school grounds. . . . What’s a teen to do?
Metroland - August 04, 2005

How Much For The Enchanted Mithril Broadsword?
As online games and other virtual worlds become ever more popular, virtual economies are spilling over into the real world
Metroland - June 30, 2005

Local Superheroes
For comic-book publisher Chris Hollmer and artist John Hebert, being indie and homegrown is just part of the fun
Metroland - June 30, 2005

Catch Anything?
Arbor Hill’s Tivoli Preserve is an urban refuge, but when it comes to protecting people who fish there, the lines of responsibility are not always clear
Metroland - June 23, 2005

Fun With Numbers
One of the most loaded statistics around—sex-offender recidivism rates—is also one of the most commonly misstated
Metroland - June 16, 2005lastdrop

What Makes History?
Two buildings on Troy’s riverfront, including the first Freihofer’s bakery, face the wrecking ball for the third time in five years
Metroland - June 16, 2005

No Bargains Here
No-plea zones sound like a tough approach to gun crime—but will they actually make streets safer?
Metroland - June 02, 2005

Beyond the Registry - May 12, 2005
Keeping our communities safe from sex offenders requires getting past the hysteria to solutions that really work

Finished, in an Unfinished Sort of Way
Have New York state lawmakers really delivered the budget on time—or is it just their little April Fool’s Day joke?
Metroland - April 7, 2005

The Return of the Film
New owner plans to bring movies back to the vacant Madison Theater
Metroland - March 31, 2005

Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam
A marketing association steps in to help protect consumers from unwanted e-mail—sort of
Metroland - March 31, 2005

Life is Relative
Inconsistencies in Republicans’ support of life- prolonging measures raises questions about their motives in the Terri Schiavo case
Metroland - March 24, 2005Beyond the Registry

Mired in the Machines
New York may lose millions of federal dollars because it can’t agree on voting standards
Metroland - March 17, 2005

Hold the Spice
Denial of zoning variance keeps Clayton’s quiet and its critics happy, but supporters say Albany should let the music play
Metroland - March 17, 2005

Celluloid Superheroes
As the borders between comic-book panels and flat-panel screens disintegrate, writers are joining their fictional stars in making a successful
Metroland - March 17, 2005

Will the Show Go On?
Friends of the Madison have many ideas for reusing the vacant Madison Theater—now they just need a sympathetic owner
Metroland - March 10, 2005

No Wires Attached
The Capital Region has been slow to ride the wireless Internet wave, but hot spot access is finally on the way
Metroland - February 17, 2005

Cheap Thrills
A recent film festival proves that, like a flesh-eating zombie, the local indie horror scene refuses to die
Metroland - February 3, 2005

Size Matters
Most of the Capital Region’s SUVs are frequently breaking the law, just by driving down the street
Metroland - February 3, 2005

A Capital Debate
An attempt to reinstate the death penalty comes under fire in the Assembly
Metroland - January 27, 2005

I Hear Nothing
After initial resistance, conservative talk bastion WGY-AM agrees to accept a series of locally produced issue ads
Metroland - January 13, 2005

Stop Me If You've Heard This One
Getting serious about the Capital Region’s funny business
Metroland - January 6, 2005

Old School vs. New School
The performance and proliferation of charter schools stirs passions in Albany and Schenectady
Metroland - December 16, 2004

Waiting for the First Volley
An Albany Common Council resolution to create a gun-violence task force nears its one-year birthday, and remains unfulfilled
Metroland - December 09, 2004

Abstaining From the Truth
Popular abstinence-only curricula teach schoolchildren falsehoods and stereotypes
Metroland - December 09, 2004

To the Last Drop
Ready or not, water shortages---along with bitter debates over the wisdom of water-supply privatization---may be coming soon to a town near you
Metroland - December 02, 2004Cutting the Cords

The Young Men and the Sea
The H.M.S. Bounty—which docked in Albany last week—offers aspiring sailors a taste of a disappearing lifestyle
Metroland - November 25, 2004

On First Thought, No
City commission immediately rebuffs proposal to demolish the Wellington Hotel
Metroland - November 25, 2004

Oh Canada
In which a despondent Metroland staff writer considers seriously what everyone’s been joking about
Metroland - November 11, 2004

A Donkey in Elephant's Clothing?
Big names, a party-switching candidate and overlapping platforms in the race for the 46th district state Senate seat
Metroland - October 21, 2004

The Army Wants Us
The U.S. Army invaded Albany last weekend, but critics contend that the military had orders to recruit, not to educate
Metroland - September 30, 2004

Hide and Seek
A 21st-century spin on treasure hunting that can take you a few miles or around the world, geocaching is most loved not for the rewards, but for the journey
Metroland - September 16, 2004

Down and Out at the RNC
In which a Metroland reporter strides confidently into the Republicans’ midst, and is forced to toast George W. Bush in order to make it out alive
Metroland - September 2, 2004

Bringing Down the House
A sudden announcement has put the Wellington Hotel in a wrecking crew’s sights, but questions still surround the controversial plan
Metroland - August 26, 2004

Fit to be Tied (to a Contract)
The fitness industry is booming, but are clubs maximizing their revenue at the expense of consumers’ rights?
Metroland - August 5, 2004

Whose Programming Is This?
Cable contracts are up for renewal around the region, and one community—Albany—still lags behind in providing public access
Metroland - July 15, 2004

The Center Holds
State Legislature passes amended version of convention-center bill
Metroland - July 1, 2004

Betting on the Big Project
Despite a new report saying everything’s rosy, examples show there are no guarantees an Albany convention center will succeed
Metroland - June 10, 2004

Zoned Out
As the expiration date looms for one of New York’s economic revitalization programs, legislators and advocates debate its merits, flaws and failures
Metroland - May 13, 2004nextcaller

Brown Goes Down
Coup removes contentious Ward 3 councilman from his leadership position in the Albany Common Council
Metroland - April 15, 2004

Of Puppies and Paperwork
Increasingly formalized pet-adoption policies have made it more difficult to obtain animals from shelters, but shelter workers say it’s all for the good of the animal
Metroland - Jan. 15, 2004

Copyright Infringement 101
As an embattled entertainment industry cracks down on campus file-sharing, students question the industry’s motives and tactics, and colleges are caught in the middle
Metroland - Sept. 11, 2003