Tuesday, February 26, 2008

What newspaper history says about newspaper future.

"Michael Kinsley made me laugh a decade ago when he argued against Web populists replacing professional writers, saying that when he goes to a restaurant, he wants the chef to cook his entree, not the guy sitting at the next table. I'm not laughing anymore: When there are millions of aspiring chefs in the room willing to make your dinner for free, a least a hundred of them are likely to deal a good meal. Mainstream publishers no longer have a lock on the means of production, making the future of reading and viewing anybody's game.
The newspaper guild (again, reporters, editors, publishers) can't compete by adding a few blogs here, blogging up coverage over there, and setting up "comment" sections. If newspapers, magazines, and broadcasters don't produce spectacular news coverage no blogger can match, they have no right to survive. "

Jack Shafer

News in itself is nothing.
Presentation is almost everything. The entire question is a question of style.
Stories are written backward, they are supposed to begin with the facts and develop from there, but in reality they begin with a journalist's point of view from which the facts are subsequently organized..
Journalism is a way of "cooking" the facts.

And there are a lot of wonderful chefs blogging now a day.
Sometimes "Spaghetti alla carbonara" can be one thousand times better than the best lobster, and they can be one thousand times cheaper.
A good journalist is just like a good cook: he must know what his customers want.
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