'Dear Newsroom Curmudgeon,' from Steve Buttry
Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media for Digital First Media, is, at 57, old enough to be a newsroom curmudgeon. (He’s spent enough time in the news industry to be eligible.) Fortunately, he’s anything but curmudgeonly. On his blog, which serves as a signal to journalists throughout DFM newsrooms across the U.S. whenever he offers advice, Buttry has...
Curmudgeon editors spike Doonesbury
I think this definitely qualifies as the decision of a bunch of curmudgeon editors. … You may have noted the controversial decision of some newspaper editors around the U.S. to kill all or part of a series of Doonesbury comic strips dealing with Texas’ new law that requires women who want to have an abortion to submit to an invasive transvaginal ultrasound and then endure a 24-hour...
Curmudgeonly media lawyers? (or just lazy?)
Washington Post freelance contract says I can submit my piece on a 3.5 inch floppy disk as an ASCII file. Tempting.— billgifford (@billgifford) March 16, 2012
Harper's publisher's screed will be tough to top
This may be the mother of all media-curmudgeon columns. It’s going to be really difficult for anyone to top this, unless some newspaper editor from the 1890s rises from the dead and pens an anti-Internet essay. “This” is an essay published by the Providence Journal on March 12, 2012 (yes, really! 2012!) and written by John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine and,...
How to deal with newsroom curmudgeons
In her March 5 review of a Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism report, “Importantly (but not surprisingly), Pew study says culture is a key obstacle to news industry change,” Michelle McLellan of the Knight Digital Media Center had some recommendations about dealing with curmudgeons in the newsroom: 1. “Ignore the curmudgeons. Some leaders spent way too much time...