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New Orleans will soon be the largest U.S. metro area without a daily newspaper, writes Michele McLellan at the Knight Digital Media Center. Former Times-Picayune reporter Chris Rose recounts his experience at the paper in Oxford American. See also Maddy Roth in the American Journalism Review.
“Journalism in its purest form is a transaction,” observes David Carr in The New York Times in a piece about quote approval. “But inch by inch, story by story, deal by deal, we are giving away our right to ask a simple question and expect a simple answer, one that can’t be taken back.” Glenn Greenwald posted about the White House’s aggressive quote approval policy last week, highlighting Vanity Fair’s recent adherence to the policy for Michael Lewis’s profile of Obama.
“It’s not our job to litigate it in the paper. We need to state what each side says.” These sentences were actually spoken by a New York Times national editor. At Mother Jones, Kevin Drum blogs about this “remarkable response” to readers’ comments that correctly identify “he said, she said” reporting in a recent Times piece. See Jay Rosen for thoughts on the American journalist’s “lust” for this, the “View from Nowhere.”