November 08, 2002

Oregonian Editor Sandra Mim...

said about online journalism, on April Fool's Day 1998:

Other media that do not share newspaper standards are recasting the definitions of news. But we do not have to be pulled along. ... The newest news dispenser, the runaway Internet, makes a journalist out of anybody who has a modem. It values speed and sensationalism above accuracy. New media will not accept our standards. We are foolish to treat them as if they have.
Rowe is the favorite daughter of the Committee for Concerned Journalists, an influential media hand-wringing organization and movement that I criticize pretty strongly in the current edition of Reason magazine (link not yet available). She is mentioned favorably in the two books I reviewed unfavorably, The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril, by Washington Post editors Leonard Downie and Robert Kaiser; and The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel (the chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Committee of Concerned Journalists). Rowe has been president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and chair of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation Journalism Advisory Board. Her name is revered in Kovach/Rosenstiel circles. Wanna stoke a nice magazine? Go out and buy the new issue of Reason. It's real good. (Via Romenesko)

Posted by at November 8, 2002 03:16 PM

Heh! Congrats on the Reason article. I'll go buy one of them magazines with some of the money Sandy gave me this week! That tickle your irony bone? (Is that irony? I can't tell. I blame Alanis.) And you got links to those book reviews of yours, Mr. Online Journalist? I think I missed 'em.

Posted by: Mark Friesen at November 8, 2002 08:55 PM

Oh, wait! The Reason article IS the book review, right? Christ. I must stop commenting while sober.

Posted by: Mark Friesen at November 8, 2002 09:02 PM

Mark -- Yes, the article is a book review.

How is Sandy as an editor? I've always assumed she's pretty damned good...

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 8, 2002 10:55 PM

Indeed she is. Hard to argue with the record. The paper's light-years better than it was a decade ago.

Posted by: Mark at November 13, 2002 01:42 PM
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