Monday, December 26, 2011

Why you should keep everything ...

 at least if you're a reporter, journalist, interviewer, or whatever. You never know when you might need the information again. Take this piece from the Washington Post by Bob Woodward: ["In his debut in Washington’s power struggles, Gingrich threw a bomb"].
There are only two pages of the article available online - you have to pay for the rest - but you get the idea.
It's interesting that Woodward, who is probably better known now for his books than any reporting he did in the old days, never published this interview. Maybe he was working on a Republican revolution book that he never finished; maybe he sensed something was in the water.

 The most unfortunate thing is that reporters like this are dying off. Newspapers just don't have the money anymore to have a person on staff who does the more serious types of journalism that are needed today. Well, I guess I should correct myself here, many newspaper companies do have the money to keep these types of employees on staff but instead, they are paying their CEOs, CFOs, and others unbelievable amounts of money and bonuses to run the companies into the ground.
I was amazed to see some stats a few months back from one large company - you'd know it I said it; it has a big national daily - who was paying one CEO something in the neighborhood of $1.5 million while laying of a ton of reporters - the boots on the ground. It is the same as fighting a war without the necessary amount of soldiers because you're spending money on the generals. And, in many ways, journalism, regardless of how it changes, is like a war that needs to be fought.

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