The Great Debate

from Jack Shafer:

Ben Bradlee, the last giant standing

By Jack Shafer
October 22, 2014

Ben Bradlee, a former Washington Post executive editor discusses about the Watergate Hotel burglary and stories for the Post at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda

One of the great payoffs of having lived a long life arrives on the day the newspapers publish your obituary. By out-lasting your competitors and foes, the storyline naturally bends your way. Time blurs precise recollection in favor of generous feelings, which we tend to bestow upon most famous survivors, no matter what sort of lives they lived.

from Jack Shafer:

The new Medicis funding journalism

By Jack Shafer
February 12, 2014

 

Neil Barsky, a former Wall Street money manager, became the latest Medici of journalism this week when he hired Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times, to head his new non-profit journalism enterprise, the Marshall Project.

Punch Sulzberger and the trouble with media dynasties

By Nicholas Wapshott
October 1, 2012

It is easy to imagine the look on the faces of Rupert Murdoch’s children when they read the obituaries of New York Times owner Arthur “Punch” Sulzberger, whose father thought him too stupid to run the company. Particularly when they came to the line: “It’s impossible to be an assistant to your father.”

from Paul Smalera:

The recession killed journalism – and saved it

April 2, 2012

Over the last few years, thanks to the global economic crisis – encapsulating everything from the 2008 housing crash to today’s ongoing euro zone sovereign-debt debacle – much ink has been spilled about the reshaping of the world’s economy, especially about the domestic job market.

Newspaper brands that manage the transition to digital models can thrive

By David Moss
November 28, 2009

davidmossiv– David Moss is a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta. The views expressed are his own. –

from The Great Debate UK:

Free may be a radical price, but is it progressive?

July 10, 2009

padraig_reidy-Padraig Reidy is news editor at Index on Censorship. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from MediaFile:

Newspapers: They’re *still* dying

June 4, 2009

Moody's debt analyst John Puchalla analyzed the state of newspapers today. Conclusion: The sun rises in the east, usually in the mornings. In other words, newspapers are still doomed.

from For the Record:

Flu outbreak: Walking the line between hyping and helping

April 27, 2009

dean-150Dean Wright is Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards. Any opinions are his own.

from MediaFile:

Tax breaks (not bailouts) for newspapers

January 2, 2009

I ran a story on New Year's Eve about the opportunities and perils that could face struggling newspapers if they end up surviving because of government help. I opened the story with the tale of Connecticut state lawmakers and a state commissioner who are trying to find someone to buy two Journal Register-owned dailies and several weeklies that are going to be shut down in January if they can't be saved. From there, I explored the ramifications of government aid to newspapers.