Do newspapers actually put two and two together? We pride ourselves on our ability to take seemingly unrelated events and to put them together so that readers can gain an insight.
But my sense is that most of us fail at this task. This was brought home to me to when I read Maureen Dowd in the New York Times (and nearly everywhere else – she is widely syndicated all over the world) recently. Read more
How great is the journalist’s right to know? Over the last week, this subject has been discussed again and again in the West with many journos and non-journos offering widely divergent points of view.
The provocation for this debate has been the rescue of Stephen Farrell, a British journalist who works for the New York Times. Read more
How bad is the recession in the media going to be? We know that print is an endangered species in the US. The Tribune company is bust, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer may close down (or become a web-only operation), the Washington Post is losing money and The New York Times is in financial trouble and constantly in the process of looking for more money from unlikely sources. Read more