May 26, 2003

Bragg's Quitting ... and I'm ...

Bragg's Quitting ... and I'm Jealous! Howard Kenvy:

"Most nationts will tell you they rely on stringers and researchers and interns and clerks and news assistants. [...]

"If a clerk does an interview for me, I will use it. I'm going to send people to sit in for me if I don't have time to be there. It is not unusual to send someone to conduct an interview you don't have time to conduct. It's what we do."

It's what I'd like to do, that's for sure. Not the not-crediting-people part, or the flying-somewhere-just-to-'get-a-dateline' part, but all those clerks and interns and key grips....

Posted by at May 26, 2003 10:05 PM
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...and gaffers and best boys.

Posted by: Jackie D at May 27, 2003 01:11 AM

Clinton notwithstanding, interns are overrated.

Posted by: Peter at May 27, 2003 03:30 PM

I know what you mean. Ever since I started working at my paper, I've occasionally wondered, "Why don't we have a 'Jimmy Olson' to do all the boring stuff?" I thought the Jimmys must have gone the way of the manual typewriter, but apparently not at the Times...

Posted by: Camassia at May 29, 2003 08:37 AM

When do you think the last time a correspondent from one of the national evening news broadcasts conducted every single interview in a piece? Pretty rare, but no one makes any stink about that.

Posted by: Joel at May 30, 2003 06:53 AM

Joel -- I think your ideological bedfellow Jonah Goldberg made precisely that point the other day ...

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 30, 2003 07:55 AM
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ticles/A42091-2003May26.html">Bragg's Quitting ... and I'm Jealous! Howard Kurtz has the goods on newly disgraced New York Times reporter Rick Bragg, who provides details that leave me green with professional envy:
"Most national correspondents will tell you they rely on stringers and researchers and interns and clerks and news assistants. [...]

"If a clerk does an interview for me, I will use it. I'm going to send people to sit in for me if I don't have time to be there. It is not unusual to send someone to conduct an interview you don't have time to conduct. It's what we do."

It's what I'd like to do, that's for sure. Not the not-crediting-people part, or the flying-somewhere-just-to-'get-a-dateline' part, but all those clerks and interns and key grips....

Posted by at May 26, 2003 10:05 PM
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...and gaffers and best boys.

Posted by: Jackie D at May 27, 2003 01:11 AM

Clinton notwithstanding, interns are overrated.

Posted by: Peter at May 27, 2003 03:30 PM

I know what you mean. Ever since I started working at my paper, I've occasionally wondered, "Why don't we have a 'Jimmy Olson' to do all the boring stuff?" I thought the Jimmys must have gone the way of the manual typewriter, but apparently not at the Times...

Posted by: Camassia at May 29, 2003 08:37 AM

When do you think the last time a correspondent from one of the national evening news broadcasts conducted every single interview in a piece? Pretty rare, but no one makes any stink about that.

Posted by: Joel at May 30, 2003 06:53 AM

Joel -- I think your ideological bedfellow Jonah Goldberg made precisely that point the other day ...

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 30, 2003 07:55 AM
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