Monday, August 04, 2008

Letting journalism "have it"

...and the LA Times for that matter.

Romenesko posted the ramblings of a disgruntled former LA Times employee. Basically, the guy's talking major trash about the Times and about the industry. Some of it is funny. And some of it is just...well, I'll let you be the judge.

The Ex-LA T'er calls it a list of "42 Things [He] Know[s]".

My favorites:

#3 - ...the business model for newspapers is broken. (Agreed.)
#11 - Newspapers were unbelievably slow in embracing the Internet, even though younger reporters have been pleading with their bosses for years to embrace the Web. (I second that!)
#40 - I have no doubt my newsroom colleagues who I left behind can adapt to the challenges of the New Media environment.

On kicking journalism when its down:

If you leave the industry, because you say it's so broken, doesn't that mean you aren't around to revive or rebirth it?

I've never understood why veteran journalists -- even young ones -- critique the industry, just as they are leaving it. I don't get how that sort of criticism helps.

It's like being the head cook in a restaurant, quitting and then telling management to stop serving steroid-injected chickens because it isn't good for customers.

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