All of FitzSimons’s ideas came from his knowledge of broadcast; he thought newspapers should focus on local news and that editors should rely on readership surveys to figure out what consumers want covered, and then cover those things. This is the antithesis of a good newsroom, where editors rely on reporters who are on the ground asking questions to help determine the importance and urgency of stories. Then, editors, most of whom are former reporters and have overarching expertise in their fields, confer over which stories should take precedence. The front-page editorial mix is based on their collective view of what a well-informed person needs to know about his neighborhood or country: not a distinction that the average citizen has the perspective to be able to make. When real journalism is being practiced, these decisions are not ever based on which stories will increase the stock portfolios of the editors or the newspaper.
Laurie Winer, dead on it.
the excerpt above is beautiful and I wish these principles would still be applied. But they haven’t been for at least in the last 10-15 years. i’ll read the article in full later but let me just ask one thing, if tax dodging billionaire owners are responsible for the decline in journalistic standards how come the guardian’s and the bbc’s standards have also dropped significantly? granted, that’s in my subjective opinion based on the points above.