Archive for January, 2012

From the Expense Column to the Revenue Stream: Q & A With Tracy Samantha Schmidt

A young journalist for the Tribune Company becomes a product manager and money maker by acting entrepreneurially inside a large organization. Her big idea: Teaching the Web to the people formerly known as the advertisers. “Where’s the money going to come from?” has been the top question in journalism for several years now. Over the […]

So whaddaya think: should we put truthtelling back up there at number one?

Somewhere along the way, telling truth from falsehood was surpassed by other priorities to which the press felt a stronger duty. Arthur Brisbane, public editor of the New York Times, was unaware of this history when he asked users of the Times whether reporters should call out false statements. Brisbane’s post, Should The Times Be […]

Too Much Innovation at the Washington Post? My Q & A with the Post’s Ombudsman

“I am not a person who thinks the fundamentals of journalism have changed that much, despite social media. Of course it’s more conversational, engaging. And the online world has changed reporting somewhat, but not fundamentally.” This week the ombudsman of the Washington Post wrote: Is The Post innovating too fast? The column wonders if the […]

A Viewer’s Guide to Iowa Caucus Coverage

“The Iowa Caucuses are presented as a news event, a mini-election with an informational outcome, a winner. But what they really are is a ritual, the gathering of a tribe, which affirms itself and its place in our political system by staging this thing every four years.” I have been observing and commenting on campaign […]