On “Brain Drain” at The New York Times: Is The Gray Lady Still the Prettiest Girl at the Party?

  • the-new-york-timesDylan Byers, of Politico, labels recent departures from NYT “brain drain.”
  • Erik Wemple, of The Washington Post, shoots back, “What about Politico’s ‘brain drain’?”
  • Then Byers and Wemple have a Twitter battle over it.
  • During negotiations to keep “stats guru” Nate Silver, his agent commented that his client was “the prettiest girl at the party,” says Michael Calderone in the Huffington Post. Executive Editor Jill Abramson countered that The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party.
  • Marc Tracy, in The New Republic, tells media critics to “Stop Hyperventilating!” The Gray Lady is losing staff, but maintaining its “prestige.”

The Good, the Bad, the Subjective: lessons from great literary journalists – Truman Capote

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In an age where the digital media revolution is expanding as quickly as attention spans are shortening, newsrooms have to ensure their content is both punchy and entertaining. News has to be compressed into ever shorter sentences and soundbites, so turning to the novel for inspiration might not be the first thing that springs to mind of a 21st century journalist.

But the genre of ‘New Journalism’ that emerged in the 1960s continues to spark controversy and fascinate readers. The seamlessly woven threads of the writer’s subjective impressions and hard, objective facts are often impossible to disentangle, revealing that journalism is in fact neither perfectly balanced, nor completely factual.

Yet, even in this age obsessed with precision, the relevance of the fictional journalism endure. Some works are even held up as teaching materials for journalism classes, implying that they can still teach us how to make journalism vibrant and engaging…

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One editorial board member’s shift in priorities

VIVIAN J. PAIGE | All Politics is Local

political-ender_t320_240Donald Luzzatto, editorial page editor at The Virginian-Pilot, penned an article for yesterday’s paper in which he noted that he will be de-emphasizing incumbency as he evaluates candidates for endorsement this fall.

A bent toward incumbency isn’t by any means new. It has been a factor in Virginian-Pilot editorial page endorsements for a long time, on the grounds that experience confers expertise and power. What’s different now is the politics.

You can be utterly incompetent and still get re-elected by having a beating heart. You can parrot the most unhinged ideas, work against the needs of your district, be lazy, and it may not matter because of the electoral mathematics.

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So while experience will still count as we enter a new round of candidate interviews and endorsements, it’ll count less for me.

Notice that Luzzatto says “for me.” Not for the entire editorial board, which consists of…

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Conspiracy to commit journalism | Pressthink

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Investigative journalism and the secret state are natural enemies. Even with an enlightened government and relatively untroubled times, their relationship will be uneasy at best.

Today, they’re in a state of undeclared war. Surveillance states and most of their fellow travellers are in too deep to pull back voluntarily. Some will be uneasy about how far things have gone but changing one’s mind is never a comfortable business, particularly if it has to be done in public.

Those opposed to overly intrusive and secret surveillance need to figure out the best ways to increase that uneasiness and offer palatable means for players to defect. The playing field needs to once again be tilted towards openness as the primary operating principle. To do that, unearthing secrets, valuable though it may be, is not enough.

It’s exactly these issues that Jay Rosen takes up in this recent piece at Pressthink.

A conspiracy…

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Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald to be more aggressive in reporting leaks

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The Guardian journalist, whose partner was detained by British authorities and questioned over the weekend said he plans to publish much more aggressively the documents leaked to him by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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