Daniel Butenschøn

Når ingen nyheter er dårlige nyheter

In feature on juni 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

En tidligere redaksjonsleder i Chicago Tribune, James Warren, undersøker avisindustriens kollaps og forsøker – for det meste uten hell – å finne håp for fremtidens journalistikk.

To give you an idea of the state of journalism today, I probably couldn’t do better than to tell you something about John Crewdson, a big, burly guy just past age 60, with whom I worked when I ran the Washington bureau of the Tribune. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on immigration at The New York Times in 1981, and is one of the premier investigative reporters of his generation.
In journalism’s new Internet-dominated landscape, in which attitude and attack are often valued more than precision and truth, handiwork like Crewdson’s is seen as taking too long and costing too much. His situation is hardly unique—the other investigative reporter at the Tribune’s D.C. bureau was told to leave at the same time, as was the top investigator at the Washington bureau of The Los Angeles Times, which is also owned by the Tribune Company. But as an example of journalism’s very best, Crewdson’s dismissal is a symbol of the extent to which the news media are imploding. And that implosion is a development with far-reaching implications.


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