I caught a little flak the other week for a blog post in which I suggested that an ad agency-owned online paper was perhaps cause for some concern among mainstream journalists. Call me old-fashioned, but I still feel that the best news sources out there are the ones whose heart and soul revolve around a traditional and independent newsroom.
Perhaps I didn’t explain myself well enough in my blog, but I think Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman said it pretty well in a Times column today:
Even in today’s cacophony of voices — a rich, exhausting and often confounding bazaar of cable TV, satellite radio, blogs, social networks and cellphone text messages — quality newspapers and their Web sites stand out as the most thorough and reliable sources of information.
Well said, and to a lesser extent it explains why he’s executive editor of the Times and I’m an education reporter for a twice-weekly in Kitsap County.
I’ll now get back to shooting for perfection.