On the minds of the media

Gawker just solved the eternal problem with journalism: it's the audience. From Hamilton Nolan: "The media is not the enemy of thoughtful writing. The public is." Or in other words, "The problem with journalism: You need to capture the interests of the ppl. And the interests of the ppl are garbage," freelancer Jill Filipovic puts it another way, before adding, "This, btw, is why if you want good journalism, start paying subscription fees. Otherwise enjoy 24/7 Kardashians." Although The Intercept's Ryan Tate found some gaps in Nolan's argument: "To prove quality publications 'only last for brief moments,' Gawker cites pubs who are 165, 158, 101, and 90 yrs old." Your move, Gawker.

Someone should tell that to the Washington Post, however, where they've surged to 76 million monthly users. "I think the only people having a better year than @PostBaron are those three powerball winners," muses Vivian SchillerSteven Brill doesn't appear to feel too differently from Gawker, though, telling Poynter that newspaper bosses are "paralyzed" by change and clueless about paid content. "@StevenBrill built a business based on newspaper executives' paralysis in the face of change. Now he mocks them," points out Steve Buttry. But in a nice turn of events, Huffington Post has voluntarily recognized its employee union, so there's that. "So proud of my colleagues -- we just made history in the digital labor movement," declares Alexander C. Kaufman there. And then there's things like The New Yorker's bonus cartoon honoring Alan Rickman, which will leave you with all the feels. Rest in peace, sweet Snape.

 

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