Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
It's a thoughtful essay, primarily laying out the case for large papers like the Post or New York Times. But I think the same case could be made for regional or even local newspapers, which would require much smaller endowments. At some point, American leadership is going to realize the need for that informed electorate, and I can see no greater purpose for some of the giant foundations -- many of which already are spending far more funds than are needed for smaller newspapers, which still generate vast sums of money, for informational purposes.
Of course, the potential drawback might be that the foundations will slant news coverage. A lot of their current spending is to promote political ideals (the book, The Bell Curve, was underwritten by the Bradley Foundation), but I would think that public pressure would preserve some independence if newspapers were funded by foundations.
Frankly, the growth in top newspaper sites doesn't surprise me. If you are a serious news person and are shifting your news consumption patterns to the Internet, it stands to reason that they would be drawn to newspaper sites for the credibility. At the same time, if some of the new, Internet-only sites invest in content (i.e., hire journalists or others who establish credibility), I can see them doing well.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
• Just under 36 percent said they found a new job in less than three months. Add those who say they freelance full time, and the total jumps to 53 percent.
• Less than 10 percent say it took them longer than a year.
• Only a handful – 6 percent – found other newspaper jobs. The rest are doing everything from public relations to teaching to driving a bus and clerking in a liquor store.
From my experience with Journal Sentinel cuts, that's pretty accurate. There are newspaper jobs, and magazine jobs, but journalism trains people for lots of other areas and many mid-career journalists are looking that way. I suspect it's for perceived job stability.