“The future of the news business is online and I suspect it will come out just fine — as long as all involved can resist the ultimate temptation: becoming a ‘click whore,’” writes David Horsey. “Sure, any fool can get a lot of page views by running photos of cute kittens, funny dogs, hot cheerleaders and bosomy models in bikinis. It might bring in a lot of money. It might be read all over. But it would not be a newspaper.”
Longtime CBSSports.com deputy managing editor Craig Stanke died in his sleep after spending Memorial Day running a 5K event in the morning, then working in the office until late afternoon. (“Last-second holiday decision to run,” he tweeted on Monday.)
“He chatted up friends and co-workers about finishing second in his age group in the race earlier in the day,” writes CBSSports.com managing editor Mark Swanson. “By all accounts he felt great. But, to the shock, sadness and devastation of those who knew him and worked with him, he never woke up.”
He was 56.
T.J. Simers writes in the Los Angeles Times: “I hired him 35 years ago this week out of the University of Wisconsin. How cool is it to be able to hire someone who will become your best friend?”
Craig could have been a terrific writer, but he touched so many more by becoming an outstanding teacher as a newspaper editor.
He cared so much for the written word and what a creative writer could do with them, it was inspirational. …
There was a fine whine to Craig’s voice as he coaxed the best out of editors and writers alike. You would have loved the guy because he wanted only entertaining stories in the newspaper. That would have almost certainly eliminated any kind of Olympics story in the paper until the Games were actually played.
* CBSSports.com deputy managing editor Craig Stanke dies at 56 (CBSSports.com)
* Scott Miller: A giant in journalism, a friend in every way, gone too soon (CBSSports.com)
* Simers: A great friend, Craig Stanke, is gone too soon (LATimes.com)
* Read the many tributes on SportsJournalists.com and on his Facebook wall
ZDNet’s Tom Foremski sides with Henry Blodget in the little spat between the Business Insider founder and j-prof Dan Reimold. “Criticism of Business Insider’s largely lightweight journalism by journalism professors is valid only when its debated within the context of the economic reality of the news business,” writes Foremski.
There is simply not enough money generated by online advertising to be able to pay journalists to do the in-depth job we’d like to see, or that used to be common. And there is enormous pressure to do as little as possible in terms of original content, and original research. That’s simply the reality of the newsroom and my chief complaint about journalism professors is how distant they are from a real newsroom (or, even any newsroom at all, one admitted to me he had only spent 6 months as a reporter 20 years ago). …
Instead of criticizing the Business Insider editorial team for its lax standards, and its penchant for sensationalism and gratuitous use of racy photos, journalism professors should be railing against the failure of the industry to establish a business model that works, and rallying students to learn new techniques in producing quality journalism in quantity.
In other Henry Blodget news, Gawker’s Max Read says the BI chief was just “shooting the shit” when he asked on Tuesday, “Why do people hate Jews?” Alexandra Petri says of Blodget’s post: “I wish this were just careless, rather than obviously lazy. It’s like the author wasn’t even trying to have a real discussion. Fancy that.”
* “This post engendered a lot of empassioned responses” (Business Insider)
* Why do people hate Jews, wonders philosopher Henry Blodget (Gawker)
* Why do some people hate Jews and other stupid questions (WaPo)