musingsbymattheous says: Can you please stop acting like The Huffington Post is a legitimate news source? They’re worst than Fox News.
» SFB says: FWIW, they have more Pulitzers than Fox News does. (One.) While we have our disagreements with HuffPo’s style of aggregation and approach at times, they are a legitimate news source and they do their own original reporting. If they do something questionable (which happens from time to time), we’ll call them out on it, just like we do with Fox News or any other outlet. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make them illegitimate; it just puts them up for more scrutiny. — Ernie @ SFB
When I was asked to do this, we were always clear it would be temporary — daily newscast anchoring is not what I am built do do. But that doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed the program didn’t perform better.CNN anchor John King • Discussing the end of his “John King, USA,” which will get replaced with another hour of Wolf Blitzer doing his “Situation Room” thing. King will instead focus on the campaign trail — which he feels is his greatest strength. It’ll be his fourth presidential campaign with CNN. His show will continue through June 29.
Outside Wit’s Inn, someone called up NOLA.com on a smartphone and tried to watch a video of Amoss that had been posted earlier in the day — a video addressed to the paper’s readers, in which Amoss promised the new, smaller news operation’s future might be digital rather than print, but it would be just as bright. The video, however, was not formatted to play on smartphones.This story about the layoffs at the Times-Picayune is devastating for way too many reasons. (via maura)
Everybody blames the Internet for the decline of newspapers, but the Web is only the most recent of electric interruptions to have disturbed their profitability, which began with radio in the late 1920s and was followed by broadcast television, car radios, transistor radios, FM radio, and cable television. Newspapers were in so much advertising trouble in September 1941 that Time magazine ran a piece about their “downward economic spiral.” Press scholar David R. Davies argues in his 2006 book The Postwar Decline of American Newspapers, 1945-1965 that daily newspapers were in serious trouble by the mid-1960s, because, among other things, they had failed to hook the baby boom generation. Los Angeles Times press reporter David Shaw sounded the alarm in a 1976 piece in his newspaper. It began: “Are you now holding an endangered species in your hands?” Update the figures and change a few dates and the names of the principals in Shaw’s piece and you could almost pass it off as a 2012 diagnosis of newspaper industry ills.Jack Shafer, Reuters. The Great Newspaper Liquidation. (via futurejournalismproject)