Tag Archives: Journalism

You got laid off – now what?

2 Jun

I can tell there was another round of layoffs at one of my old newsrooms: I’ve had a flurry of LinkedIn invites from former colleagues. There’s been the usual grumbling about the heartless bastards at corporate, at how these cuts will only further diminish our Noble Religious Calling, etc. – but the reality is these […]

The kids are alright

4 Oct

Some of them, anyway. Over the past month or so, I’ve been plowing through an extensive stack of resumes to fill some openings on my new team at PBS. Many of the resumes were sort of sad – those of journalists with impeccable traditional credentials, and no clue what I meant when I asked for […]

Another drip in the newspaper brain drain

29 Sep

The National Journal is making a major effort to revamp its websites, and it just made a brilliant hire, my old friend and colleague David Beard. The Journal’s gain, of course, is someone’s loss – the Boston Globe‘s. Sadly, this is another example of the continuing brain drain of smart digital leaders from traditional newspaper […]

Why independence matters (Chap. 4,312)

3 Jun

When you check out Tigers.com this morning, you see video of a brilliant catch … but not of a badly botched call that cost a team a perfect game. Similarly, if you check out TwinsBaseball.com, you see video of home runs … but not an equally botched call that cost the Twins (disclosure: my favorite team) […]

Solve this problem, fix journalism

24 Mar

Offered with no comment, and minimal context: The writer, Eileen Spiegler, is a longtime colleague, and a gifted copy editor. From her online musings on a random Wednesday: “Sometimes I wish the newspaper was as interesting as my Twitter stream.” Discuss, please.


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