Press on press

This past weekend was NerdProm, a.k.a. the White House Correspondents Dinner, and this year was remarkable not just because everybody seemed pretty mad at headliner Larry Wilmore, but also because of who missed it -- i.e., the Wall Street Journal editor who got all gussied up to go but wound up giving birth, instead. Mazel tov to you, Becky Bowers! Meanwhile, popular media-related read by Editor & Publisher is claiming that digital fatique is waking up readers to the value of newspapers. "There maybe some truth to this. I've found myself scouring for the print version when I spot a nice long read," admits McClatchy's Derrick Ho. Over at our doppelganger Muck Rock, however, Michael Morisy was less inclined to agree, tweeting, "This is beautifully optimistic. Less charitable: Readers w/ use internet don't read print." Also, Poynter's Teresa Schmedding argues that incredible shrinking news industry can’t cut its way to quality. "Reporters and editors are absorbing an inhumane amount of additional duties," Schmedding writes, pointing out, "You cannot make a case that your stories are worth paying for by delivering crappy content." Poynter Institute president Tim Franklin shares from her post, "With 7,000+ copy editors gone, @tschmedding says delivering 'crappy content' is NOT a road to success." Simultaneously, at the Washington PostCallum Borchers is on the warpath against public perception of presidential campaign stories that the media supposedly "never" cover. "Before you tweet 'The media never covers ____,' read this by @callumborchers. And/or try Google," suggests colleague Michelle Ye Hee Lee.


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