Pontifications on the press
This just in: the New York Times has named a successor to the irreplaceable David Carr, and it's Jim Rutenberg (who tweets by way of announcement, "A little personal (and daunting) news..."). "Great news. @jimrutenberg -- one of the smartest political/media writers around is our next media columnist," responds Kate Phillips there. More in tomorrow's career section. Meanwhile, the owner of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com has donated the news organizations to a newly created media institute, essentially going nonprofit. "Fascinating--Philly newspapers will follow the Poynter model, be owned by nonprofit institute," observes The Washingtonian's Andrew Beaujon, who used to work at -- you guessed it -- Poynter. "Doesn't solve the sustainability problem big city newsrooms have, but FINALLY something imaginative and different," reacts journalist Jay Rosen.
At the other end of the enthusiasm spectrum, however, we have The New Republic owner Chris Hughes, who just put the magazine up for sale. "He wrecks the place and walks away," grouses NYT's Joe Nocera. "It's refreshing to see a CEO/owner admit failure," comes the alternative take from Wall Street Journal's Lauren Weber. "Even when print was profitable, TNR was a cause, not a biz," points out Bloomberg View's Virginia Postrel. "Congratulations to Sean Penn and El Chapo, the new owner-editor-and-publisher of the new republic," jokes The Atavist's Katia Bachko. Here's a euphemism of a post by Hughes, by the way, on TNR's "next chapter." "Hell of a way to market an asset you're trying to unload," notes WaPo's Lydia Depillis.
And in a truly bizarre turn of events, The Daily Telegraph appears to be installing workplace monitors on journalists' desks. "...seems this product would work better if more inconspicuous?" reflects Fortune's Robert Hackett. "How many times can one say goodbye to the Daily @Telegraph?" asks freelancer Dan Morrison.