Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Endangered species …

… Journalism jobs: 2,000 American newspapers close in 15 years. (Hat tip, Paul Davis.)

So far as I know, the Wall Street Journal continues to flourish. It also continues to abide by rules set by the late Warren Phillips, whom I had the privilege of knowing.

Whatever the position and title, his primary focus was always journalism. Warren regarded publishing a great newspaper as a sacred trust whose ultimate mission was public service. This was well before today’s era of “fake news” and the ubiquitous blending of news and opinion. To Warren, news and opinion were separate “courses,” like meat and dessert, and news journalists should have no agenda beyond serving their readers and the broader public with honest and reliable information.

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