John Hamer active 2 months, 2 weeks ago
@johnhamer and I frequently talk about the decline of Ombudsmen in the news business. Andrew Alexander, Ombudsman for the Washington Post recently called it quits after two years, and puts some insightful commentary on the state of the industry in his farewell post.
I’ve written before that The Post on its worst days is better than most newspapers on their best days. In print and online, it retains immense influence through journalism that can frame public discourse. And it still produces stunningly ambitious work, such as last year’s ”Top Secret America” project on the huge national security buildup and the ”Hidden Life of Guns” series tracking firearms used in crimes. Priced lower than most competitors, the newspaper is a bargain.
But it has become riddled with typos, grammatical mistakes and intolerable ”small” factual errors that erode credibility. Local news coverage, once robust, has withered. The Post often trails the competition on stories. The excessive use of anonymous sources has expanded into blogs. The once-broken system for publishing corrections has been repaired, but corrections often still take too long to appear. The list goes on.”
Thanks, both of you for having this conversation here @mikefancher @johnhamer — This is the sort of good information usually exchanged in person, on the phone, or in email. With the conversation in this open format, anyone can benefit. I’ve seen some, similar benefit from Twitter, except for that 140 character limit getting in the way.
And I’ll be picking up Blur.In reply to - mikefancher posted an update: Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach, authors of The Elements of Journalism, have a new book coming out in November. It’s called Blur and is dedicated to helping citizens evaluate the quality and credibility of journalism in their lives. Should be a must read for those of us who care about true [...] · #