Gapper of the FT also goes along with the idea that long-form daily journalism is outmoded and the world is clamoring for a world of FTs:

The world has changed since Kilgore and readers have less patience and spend less time with their papers. They want more easily accessible and clearly organised and illustrated news articles.


As I’ve said, the drop-off in the quality of the Journal’s page one in the past decade has been real, and it clearly hurt. For one thing, it left an opening for the Thomsons, Dentons, Gappers, the Australians and Brits, to argue that the old Journal model was tired and out of date.

I say—in fact, I know—it wasn’t the model but the execution.

Great stories will always keep the cynics and bean counters at bay.

My favorite part of the Martinez story, by the way, is the chemo bag bit; I add emphasis because I like the detail:

One day, Mrs. Kelly says, nurses wouldn’t change the chemotherapy bag in her pump until her husband made a new payment. She says she sat for an hour hooked up to a pump that beeped that it was out of medicine, until he returned with proof of payment.

Someone (Nick? John? Robert?) please remind me: Why do we think readers don’t want this?


1. “The Path That Led To Murdoch
David Ignatius
The Washington Post
Aug 2, 2007
pg. A21

2. “Inside Baseball: Giants’ 1951 Comeback, The Sport’s Greatest, Wasn’t All It Seemed —- Miracle Ended With `The Shot Heard Round the World’; It Began With a Buzzer —- `Papa’s’ Collapsible Legacy”

By Joshua Harris Prager
The Wall Street Journal.
Jan 31, 2001.
pg. A1

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Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014). Follow Dean on Twitter: @deanstarkman.