I tend to avoid posting journalism-related links, on the assumption that such stories don’t really matter to anyone outside of the profession [and not even to many within it, come to think of it]. And then I break my own rule, post the odd story, and get pleasantly surprised by the feedback. Examples, the feedback in the comments field, and as I noticed just now, in emails, to an earlier post on the Sania fixation, and to the two TED talks on the nature of news.
Apparently journalism — what we do, and why we do what we do — does matter to a lot of you. So, continuing in that vein, here’s a think piece worth your while. It relates to the coverage of Hispanics in the US media space — but go beyond that specific, and you’ll see parallels to much that is happening with our own media.
This isn’t just about manpower. It’s about time. Most of us contribute to blogs at our shops. Or we are feeding the online beast with urgent news. Or we are tweeting or live-chatting. That means less time brainstorming stories outside of the news cycle. We are now left with newsrooms increasingly relying on the easy crutch of breaking news and event coverage.
As always, appreciate feedback if any.