journalism

Kvetching About Their Ethical Lapses Over Salad

Rogers Cadenhead: “You gotta love the press. They make their living holding others to public scrutiny and criticism, but when a couple of webloggers kvetch about their ethical lapses over salad, that constitutes an orchestrated public attack. Cry me a river.”

The "In Here" Audience

Tom Mangan about his colleagues in the newsroom: “In our preoccupation with the "out there" audience we've forgotten the "in here" one. You know, the people we keep telling, "wake up and listen to us, we get it." How come they haven't glommed onto the fact that blogs represent a logical online-news distribution model?”

Almost Nothing In The Way Of Verifiable Facts

Jack Shafer, regarding The New York Times Magazine article on sex-slaves: “I can't disprove the claim made in the article's subhed that sex slavers hold "perhaps tens of thousands" of women, girls, and boys against their will in the United States, but I seriously doubt its veracity. Landesman's breathless performance, in which he asserts that "hundreds" of "stash houses" inhabited by foreign sex slaves dot America's metropolitan landscape, offers almost nothing in the way of verifiable facts about the incidence and prevalence of this heinous practice.”

I had wondered about the 30,000-50,000 estimate too. Shafer goes into quite a bit of detail countering the claims made by Landesman and links to a weblog covering the article .

Tom Mangan wonders where the copy editors were: “There's gonna be times when reporters and their assigning editors get so psyched about their stories that they fail to notice the butt-naked emperor traipsing through the story. That's the copy desk's job, to flag the questionable stuff before the Internet sinks its teeth into it and exposes us as headline-chasing frauds.”

You're Enamored Of Literature Anyway

Jay Rosen on journalism school: “I told the graduates [of Columbia Journalism School] they had passed through not only a great professional training ground in journalism, but a "great school of theology." It's like a divinity degree, I said. Smart people entering the profession learn the religion of journalism, and acquire their faith in a free press, among many other practical lessons.”