“I don’t judge the success of the Journal by the number of Pulitzer Prizes,” says Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker. “It doesn’t say anything about the quality of our journalism.”
More from Baker’s Spiegel Online Q&A:
On Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett buying newspapers: Their investments demonstrate that journalism is not a dying business. They clearly see that there is value in news and that the future will be digital. …I believe what they say: That they are not doing this for vanity reasons or because it gives them any non-financial pleasure.
On the Wall Street Journal under Rupert Murdoch: We are a better newspaper. …We became more news focused, more immediate, we made our stories livelier and more accessible. We have fewer of the very, very long-form stories you would traditionally find in the WSJ.
Regarding robo-journalism: I don’t think that in the near future we will be able to substitute the judgment and the knowledge of a human being in journalism.
On online publications like Politico and Business Insider: Some of them are doing some good stories, but so far I have not seen from any of those the quality of journalism that you get every day, every minute in the WSJ.
* WSJ’s Gerard Baker on the U.S. newspaper crisis (spiegel.de via @MatthewKeysLive)
* April 2013: WSJ’s Pulitzer shutout reaches six years (cjr.org)
* Winners of the 2014 Pulitzers will be announced April 14 (pulitzers.org)
A student who attended last weekend’s Career Expo put on by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism tells me that some recruiters wouldn’t take students’ paper resumes and clips (“too heavy to carry”) and asked the job-seekers why they were presenting themselves on paper in the digital age. I’m told the students were advised by professors to have printed versions of their work.
Here’s what Gina Boubion of Columbia j-school’s Career Services office tells us:
Yes, we advise students to present recruiters with samples of their work on paper because it seems the vast majority of recruiters and editors in a job fair setting still prefer to receive materials this way.
These days we also recommend that students create a website which includes links to their work. We tell students with multimedia work to bring their laptops and headphones to the job fair so that they can show that work to recruiters.
We give recruiters a choice of taking home a flash drive or paper book of everybody’s resumes. About half wanted paper; the other half wanted a flash drive. There was no big digital divide between them. Some recruiters from legacy companies wanted the flash drive and some all-digital companies preferred the paper book. The beauty of the flash-drive is that it’s searchable, small, and enables students to imbed in their resumes with links to their online portfolios. The beauty of the paper book is it’s easier to read and hard to lose.
Just anecdotally, we cleaned up after the Expo on Saturday and didn’t find any big increase in the number of abandoned clips on recruiter tables. We’ve been doing this for years and invariably one or two packets get left behind and it was the same on Saturday.
Josh Cornfield, who once worked next to Philadelphia Daily News assistant managing editor Gar Joseph, created the quote generator. He writes in an email:
Inspired by the book [“Busted”] and my few years of working beside him, I whipped it up last week. Purely out of love. Next up will be a “Who should play Gar in the movie?” Quiz
* Quotes from Philly Daily News city editor Gar Joseph (thingsgarsays.com)
* The Advance-owned Star-Ledger cuts 167 jobs, including 40 in the newsroom. (nj.com)
* Investigative Reporters & Editors announce the IRE Award winners, including The Guardian’s “NSA Files” reporting team. (ire.org)
* Former State Department adviser Stephen J. Kim gets 13 months for leaking to Fox News. (washingtonpost.com)
* Digital First Media CEO John Paton, who shuttered Project Thunderdome on Wednesday, “picked the wrong financial backers to pursue his digital quest,” says Alan Mutter. (newsosaur.blogspot.com) | Paton says he’ll continue to invest in content. (nytimes.com)
* “I’m not drinking the Google Kool-Aid,” says USC Annenberg prof Robert Hernandez (left), who is teaching a Google Glass class this fall. (fastcompany.com)
* David Carr says the soon-to-be-sold Minneapolis Star Tribune “has become one of the better regional newspapers in the country, partly because so many others have withered to irrelevance.” (nytimes.com)
* Peter Goodman: “I learned a great deal at the Huffington Post … and I think it that can apply here” at International Business Times. (digiday.com)
* Oregonian’s sports editor expected more complaints about the paper dropping MLB box scores when it switched to the compact format. (oregonlive.com)
* John Oliver gets his own fake news show on HBO, which he says will be a lot like “The Daily Show.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Entertainment Weekly lays off several staffers, including film critic Owen Gleiberman. He’s been with the magazine since its 1990 launch. (thewrap.com) | (indiewire.com)
* Pew study finds that 59% of seniors say they go online. (pewinternet.org)
* Detroit police stop giving detailed crime summaries to the media. (motorcitymuckraker.com)
* Oh, the hard life of a student newspaper editor! (buzzfeed.com)
* Washington Post Magazine is getting a “modern look and larger format,” while the Arts and Sunday Style sections are being combined. (washingtonpost.com)