The talk of Twitter and the press
This morning #MediaTwitter was split straight down the middle between Team Felix Salmon and Team Ezra Klein, mainly because when it comes to advice for aspiring newsies on the path to journalism, Salmon essentially says "don't bother" while Klein says "do." All right, not split completely down the middle, because Salmon has 4,000+ shares while Klein only boasts about 1,500 as of this very second, but to be fair, Salmon wrote his first. Some would agree Salmon "isn't writing about the death of journalism. He's writing about the death of labor," tweets Jeff Jarvis. "Thank you @felixsalmon for this most depressing thing I’ve read today. And I cover national security," points out AJAM's Jamie Tarabay. Of course, if you want to feel better about the future of news, read Klein's piece, instead, which is "a much wiser take," in the opinion of NYT's Vindu Goel and others.
We have a fight to pick with Klein, however, because one ingredient in his formula for journalistic success is "don't go to journalism school," which would be fine advice if j-school merely involved learning how to write and broadcast. Those skills can easily be learned on the job, no quibble there, and that's been done by many! But one of the greatest shortcomings of today's journalism has been a tendency to cut corners on ethics and an inability to understand the inevitable backlash in the aftermath; the best j-schools will drill ethics into your skulls until you would rather die than let go of your personal code. /end rant #TeamJSchool
Vox's presidential get is still trending today and collecting praise from envious peers, but Jack Shafer is not impressed, penning the brutal "All the President’s Explainers" (1,200 shares), or, "How Vox did little more than try to burnish President Obama's legacy with an interview full of softball questions," as Wall Street Journal's Ben Kesling bills it. He uses the term "nerf balls," actually, which is extra burn.
Here's something else causing a stir: Tablet's Alana Newhouse invites commenters to join the conversation, but for a price. "Tablet is now charging readers to leave comments on their site. $2/day! $18/month! This is genius," reflects Eater's Helen Rosner. Freelance culture writer Devon Maloney reacts, "hahahah, could this put a stop to doxxing too? 'WE HAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO, ASSHOLE, DON'T EVEN TRY'." Although Gideon Lichfield at Quartz wonders, "Am I the only who thinks charging people to comment at @tabletmag will drag the quality of comments down, not up?"