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Good Old Fashioned Shoe Leather Reporting

“The scenes in All the President’s Men that show Woodward and Bernstein crisscrossing Washington on foot and ringing doorbells at night are shoe leather mythology in its most concentrated form. Making calls is good, but one stepped removed from what is most holy…” (This post began as an email to Megan Garber of the Atlantic, […]

Full stack credibility

There are benefits to operating a news site that not only publishes journalism you can trust, but extends trust production all the way through the start-up “stack.” Last week Jim Brady, founder and funder of the Philadelphia mobile-first news start-up, Billy Penn, published a progress report 18 weeks after launch. “Our philosophy has been simple,” […]

NBC would be insane to let Brian Williams return

“Put yourself in Steve Burke’s chair. You have learned that the guy to whom your company gave the top job doesn’t really desire it…” Brian Stelter of CNN recently reported that Lester Holt, filling in as anchor of NBC Nightly News, was doing well in the ratings, so well that it would be hard for […]

The “conflation” that Brian Williams confessed to began in 2003

Other NBC people were involved from the beginning. In his weekly column David Carr of the New York Times wrote this about NBC’s Brian Williams troubled tale of getting shot at in a helicopter over Iraq in 2003. It’s useful to note that Mr. Williams initially reported the story fundamentally as it had happened — […]

Brian Williams has not led. What’s an anchor for?

Why wasn’t Williams the one interviewing the military veterans who could help him correct his faulty account? That’s what a leader of a news division would do— I mean, if he is really a leader. Part One: Feb. 6, 2015 I figured out what’s bothering me about the story that has engulfed NBC News, “after […]

A (brief) banking theory of newsroom trust.

The less help you give me in the tricky act of extending my trust to you, the more likely you are to wind up with a negative balance. In this short post I want to clear something up about how trust operates in a news operation. I am going to use examples from the New […]