Monday, September 19, 2005

First Draft by Tim Porter

Ink-Stained Kvetches About Newspapering, Readership & Relevance

Tim Porter is an editor and writer who entered newspapering as a reporter with a typewriter and left it as an editor building websites. Today, Mr. Porter works independently but he retains a passion for newspapers and the pursuit of quality journalism.

Mr. Porter writes,
Newspapers are killing themselves with clich├ęd writing, formulaic stories,
hackneyed photographs and adherence to a self-destructive, journalistic form
that emphasizes breadth of news coverage over depth. To break this cycle,
newsrooms must recreate an atmosphere of excellence that counters the pervasive
belief that “good enough” is good enough. It is not.

Read his The Quality Manifesto.

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