Out of the creative destruction of the newspaper industry, which is still struggling to find business models that work, comes individual journalists who turn their own work into a product sold through the new small businesses.
In accepting her position, Margaret Sullivan speaks of the need for transparency, but we also need a little more of a transgressive and disruptive public editor who sees larger patterns and is aware of the continuous compromises made to keep the Times afloat.
I am not only of the generation who grew up reading newspapers, I also spent my entire adult life working for them. And yep, here I am, now writing for the largest news content site within 12 universes. I've transitioned, as they say.
I want magazines, glorious shiny magazines, and newspapers, expensive, dying newspapers, and I will have them.
What could be more urgent today than protecting the free flow of information in a country increasingly dominated by unaccountable institutions and corrupt politics?
If we're the generation that loses our republic, the epitaph should read: "American Republic, Killed by the Internet and Cable TV." Our political debates reflect little interest in facts and nuanced discussion -- soundbites reign supreme.
During the New Orleans Times Picayune shrinking print debate, I visited with a newsprint connoisseur today. My mother-in-law, a lifelong New Orleans resident.
I've long looked to The New Yorker as the gold standard for meticulous, thoroughly vetted, contextual journalism. So it came as a surprise last week when the magazine published an item on "The Cost of College" without clearly identifying the writer as the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
Where have all the advertisers gone? In New Orleans, as elsewhere, classified advertising has moved online. That onetime cash cow ain't givin milk no more. But another dominant advertising segment has suffered a different fate.
The shift to online media in the past two decades comes with two important realities: (1) online revenue increases are smaller than print media decreases; and (2) mainstream media are being challenged by crowdsourcing behavior.
Republicans in the New York state government are attempting to pass a law that would ban anonymous comments online. Even if they actually passed the act, once it arrived in a federal court it would be tossed out in a "New York minute" (as they say).
One D.C. newspaper has seen its circulation rise a whopping 200 percent since 2003. Street Sense is sold on the street by homeless people seeking to educate Washington's workforce about the issues associated with homelessness.
The Berkshire Hathaway offer to buy the Media General newspaper chain should offer the industry a shot of long-term optimism. Buffett expects a profitable future for newspapers during the next couple of decades.
I can think of a couple reasons why Mitt Romney chose to take questions from local TV reporters and KOA radio hosts yesterday, while blowing off "print" journalists in Denver. But if Team Romney expected softballs, they got it wrong.
Celebrity entertainers and politicians have no problem getting their memoirs published. So a book partly about celebrity entertainers and politicians should have had no problem getting published, right?
It's become an annual must read to take the pulse of where they are, but this year's edition of "Arab Media Outlook 2011-2015" (AMO) goes further to s...