And by the way, last night I was reading, as part of my new job, this essay that Pulitzer wrote that’s sort of a Rosetta Stone of the school, the one where he defends his investment in the school against his critics, and one of the arguments that he takes up is the question of whether aspiring journalists should concern themselves with business models, and he says absolutely not. Journalism is a profession, it’s not a business, he says. And you know, in essence, leave it to those of us who are responsible for how to keep circulation revenue and advertising revenue flowing. But the art, the profession, the sweat, blood, and tears of journalism lies in another sphere, and it’s in the newsroom. And so he at least, as a model for today’s tycoons, had a very specific devotion to journalism as it has on and off been practiced for the last century or so. I don’t know if that’s going to flow out of these purchases. It may be more present actually in the kind of startups like Politico, where you have a kind of a well-resourced, private-sector entrant who wants to be a media player as much as they want the business investment, and then they hire, as Politico has done, two outstanding journalists to run it, and let them have their head, and let them run it with great verve, while also experimenting with new challenges of audience and revenue. Whether that’s what we’ll see unfold in the newsroom of The Washington Post or not, I have no idea. I didn’t see yesterday any clear statement of intention that way.
Behind the News
11:00 AM - August 7, 2013
Q&A: Steve Coll on the WaPo purchase
The new dean of Columbia’s Journalism School worked at the Washington Post for two decades
Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods
The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director
How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early
On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information
Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”
“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”
Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.
Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.