James Fallows answered many questions from Reddit visitors this week, including: “What are your daily reads? Do you still flip through a print newspaper?” His response:
Get three real newspapers at home: NYT, WSJ, WaPo. The last is mainly for legacy/sentimental reasons, plus its still-good sports section.
Eric Schmidt, Google bigshot (and friend of mine, by chance, since long before his Google era) had an argument for the virtues of a printed newspaper. He said that he liked the finiteness of it — and the sense that when you got to the end, you could think you were “finished” in a way that you never can be with an online news source. To that I would add the ergonomic superiority of newspaper layout to web page layout. You can glance at a front or inside page an, in half a second, get a sense of the importance and range of stories, in a way you can’t (as easily) with a site.
* I am James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic
Bob Giles, who retired last year as Nieman Foundation curator, has been named commentary editor at the international news site GlobalPost. “This is a special opportunity to bring to GlobalPost insightful analysis, provocative ideas and personal experience from contributors around the world,” he says in a release. “Our goal is to publish pieces that invite conversations about global topics people care about and want to know more about.” The release is after the jump. Read More
The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild has filed a grievance over stories about the Philadelphia Media Network sale that were partially or entirely removed from Philly.com without the authors’ knowledge. The Guild contract states that in the event of any retraction: “The employee involved will be consulted prior to the retraction of any material involved.” The union tells members:
We thank the company for meeting promptly to discuss the grievance and [vice president for external relations Mark] Block for agreeing to the Guild’s request that he publicly apologize for casting doubt on Gambacorta’s accurate reporting. His quotes to this effect from Block appear in today’s Inquirer and Daily News stories about Blatstein’s interest in the company.
Read the Guild Bulletin after the jump. Read More
David Schlesinger, who was Reuters editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2011 and is now chairman of Thomson Reuters China, says he’s leaving the company in August. “It has been a great ride, firstly in editorial and latterly with a tremendous China team – wonderful people, great experiences, amazing stories,” he writes in a memo. “I loved being editor-in-chief; I’ve had a blast being Chairman, China; I’m happy to be able to end it like this.” His memo is after the jump. Read More