Comments on: How I learned to stop worrying and love bad newspaper news Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: Robert MacMillan Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:24:23 +0000 Pointer:

1. Thanks for contributing to the recursion, but I disagree.
2. They pay me in the news business to cover the news business.
3. There are people inside and outside journalism who say that news outlets shouldn’t cover themselves and shouldn’t cover the news business. They say that it bores the reader and that it is essentially writing for a small group whose emotional and professional inbreeding are well known.
4. I disagree with that. Covering the news business now, as everything about it changes and threats to its survival mount, is an exciting story to tell people. I also believe that you can promote transparency and trust in news organizations by telling the public in an easy-to-understand way how the business works. You don’t have to go to the grain-by-grain level of Editor & Publisher; you should write, as I constantly say, stories that Mom can understand, whether she’s a high school dropout or a PhD. This is necessary now more than ever as more people harbor paranoid, fearful mistrust of the news.

By: Scott Hess Wed, 28 Oct 2009 23:22:49 +0000 With the large amount of “explanation” placed on this story about themselves, it make me wonder even more about how newspapers are reporting other stories.

Maybe it’s their unique and limited perspective about a subject that is causing a decline in newspaper circulation.

By: Pointer Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:21:18 +0000 I blame too much recursion: this article is a case in point – news about news about news.

By: Robert MacMillan Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:35:51 +0000 Neal, You are correct. I should have been clearer about who “I” is in my headline. I meant to cast “I” as the collective “I” among the headline writers and editors who determined that they would cast this news as positive.
As for me, I love bad newspaper news from the standpoint that it keeps me employed as I write these stories. On a human level and as a journalist facing a smaller job pool, I’m quite unhappy.

By: neal nolans Wed, 28 Oct 2009 21:06:25 +0000 While the article provides a few interesting facts,
I don’t see how it addresses the title:
“How I learned to stop worrying and love bad newspaper news”.
Robert, How *did* you learn to learn to stop worrying
and love bad newspaper news?..