Meanwhile, Marco Arment’s The Magazine has just 25,000 subscribers who pay $1.99 a month, allowing him to pay writers $800 per article.
Which is it, Ryan Mac and Forbes? Is Zuckerberg the most excited for Google Glass, or is he just possibly the most excited?
Christopher MacManus and CNET actually sound sad that an iOS piracy tool shut down, then go for the gold by suggesting alternatives. Incredible.
[Obama’s] words, after five days of extensive news coverage and national debate, were intensely focused on gun violence. He addressed no other topics. Yet judging by the questions that followed his address, most of the members of the Washington press corps had other things on their minds.
After his conference, mainstream journalists went on for 15 minutes about the fiscal cliff and other unrelated topics. Ridiculous.
The parents of a little boy who darted past the shooter just before his teacher and classmates were slaughtered put up a sign asking people not to ring their doorbell, CNN reported. Every time it rang, they said, their six-year-old son thought the gunman had found him.
Blogging sure hasn’t done any favors to journalistic ethics. But the mainstream media seems delighted to shoot itself in the foot with a sawed off shotgun.
Journalism in 2012: The Chicago Tribune with “epic.”
I have to respectfully disagree with ZDNet’s Tom Foremski and ShortFormBlog. You can get pageviews with original reporting and good analysis, or you can succumb to the temptations of dreck, linkbait, and drama. Every publication has the same choice to make, Business Insider just chose dreck.
You can also choose to not play the pageview game and look for advertisers and revenue models that are more conducive to operating like a respectable publication.
The problem with the current state of journalism is that publications like Business Insider—and plenty others like it, such as Gawker—are allowed to operate without mediation, conscience, training, and, perhaps most importantly, consequence.
Jay Rosen on the revamp NPR did to its journalism ethics guidelines:
With these words, NPR commits itself as an organization to avoid the worst excesses of “he said, she said” journalism. It says to itself that a report characterized by false balance is a false report. It introduces a new and potentially powerful concept of fairness: being “fair to the truth,” which as we know is not always evenly distributed among the sides in a public dispute.
Maintaining the “appearance of balance” isn’t good enough, NPR says. “If the balance of evidence in a matter of controversy weighs heavily on one side…” we have to say so. When we are spun, we don’t just report it. “We tell our audience…” This is spin!