Friday, November 18, 2011

Future of News

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Is this any way to run an airline?

Point: “‘This model that you’re pursuing I think is broken. I don’t even think it’s a model you can justify,’ said House Majority Whip Greg Hughes, R-Draper.”

Counterpoint: “Deseret News President and CEO Clark Gilbert told lawmakers that his newspaper doesn’t cover politics as traditional news media do, but instead covers it only as it relates to the newspaper’s six new areas of focus: families, education, faith, care for the poor, financial responsibility and values in the media.

“‘What should the Deseret News be good at? Cynical, negative, skeptical journalism, or journalism that focuses on helping people improve their lives?’ Gilbert said.”

Final word: “Hughes said an analogy of what the Deseret News is doing is, ‘If you have an airline that flies to St. George, and you decided not to fly but have buses. You’re still going to have transportation, but you are not an airline.’”

—Lee Davidson, reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune (and former Deseret News staffer), covering a free breakfast hosted by Deseret Connect for Utah legislators.
Some Utah legislators don’t like Deseret News’ citizen journalism:
During breakfast with news boss, some express their mistrust,”
Nov. 17, 2011
(Thanks to alert WORDster Randy Simmons)
Cartoon by Pat Bagley/Salt Lake Tribune

Related: After confessing to feeding news stories to DNews under pseudonym,
West Valley City mayor resigns his job at PR firm to preserve “transparency.” See also, Wednesday’s WORD.


• Editorial Comment: Hi. I'm Dee Connect. Fly me.

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