I woke up thinking, what is news good for? No, I was not being snarky. It was just a question: what is the purpose of news. After two and a half decades in the media trenches, the way I thought of news and its purpose was simple: one, to inform. And second, to educate the reader … Continue reading Forget what, where is the news?
Especially as post-pandemic problems pile up, many media companies blame the Internet giants as the cause of all their troubles. Of course, almost nobody blames their own short-sightedness in ignoring the foreseeable opportunities and threats of the network. At the turn of the century, I witnessed the birth of the Napster revolution. It was magical, … Continue reading Napster’s long-arm & the unbundling of content
“Publishers are essentially ghostwriters for the Facebook News destination. Becoming dependent upon the aggregator means forfeiting control of your destiny. But with everything subject to Facebook’s shifting attitudes, it will be like publishers trying to play bocce during an earthquake,” writes Josh Constine in Techcrunch on how Facebook has abused the media industry time and again. Really good article and worth a read.
“From four years of teaching at Harvard, so many of my students are interested in journalism, but they mostly want to write first-person, highly personal narratives about themselves. That may reflect their age. But I think there’s too much of that in journalism. It’s not about us. It’s about the world, and covering the world.”
This has been my biggest gripe with the media establishment. Everything is about them, not about the news.