Mar 15, 2015: Jay Rosen: Pressthink: NBC would be insane to let Brian Williams return
On The Record: Jan 21, 2014: Jonathan Cohn has announced in his New Republic article that "Policy Journalism Is Having Its Moment." The article is primarily dedicated to the the decision by Ezra Klein to quit the Washington Post in order to start a new journalism project. Melissa Bell and Dylan Matthews will also be leaving WaPo with him. Cohn sees something bigger in this move and summarizes that "the unsettling part of Klein’s departure is the shift in power, away from large media organizations, it would seem to reinforce. All but the largest newspapers are dying and we don’t know, yet, exactly what will take their places. But, overall, journalism is richer and more informative because people like Josh Marshall, Nate Silver, and now Ezra Klein are reinventing it." Andrew Beaujon (Poynter) listed several people who have left the established media and are looking at new ventures ("Washington Post announces Ezra Klein is leaving"): "Nate Silver decided last year to leave The New York Times for ESPN, which plans to relaunch his FiveThirtyEight.com under its auspices soon. Glenn Greenwald left the Guardian last year to join a “a new mass media organization” funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Dan Froomkin and Jay Rosen also joined the new organization in varying capacities. Gawker’s Neetzan Zimmerman will be the editor-in-chief of a starting shareup called Whisper. Gabriel Snyder, formerly the editor-in-chief of The Wire, will be chief content officer of a mobile news startup called Inside.com. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s site AllThingsD announced last year they would part ways with Dow Jones & Co. and relaunched as Re/Code this year. The Wall Street Journal launched a replacement site, WSJD. Both promised live events. Another spinoff from the Journal: The Information, a subscription tech-news site edited by former WSJ reporter Jessica Lessin. Proto-blogger Andrew Sullivan left The Daily Beast in early 2013 to relaunch his Daily Dish as an independent, subscription-based publication. Sullivan wrote on Dec. 31 that in its first year, the publication had raised more than $800,000 in subscription revenue and has “almost 34,000 subscribers.” One thing that is clear through all this is that the internet is not done changing the face of journalism.