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Nov. 21 2009 - 1:57 pm | 148 views | 4 recommendations | 7 comments

What real journalists do

Breaking: Reported Dismissals at Post Web Site – City Desk – Washington City Paper.

You’ve got to love the comments on this story from the self-proclaimed real journalists. They criticize the other commenters for not understanding what “real” reporters do — news flash: we know; we’re just tired of hearing you blather on about how it’s the only important work in all of democracy — yet they seem to have no clue that washingtonpost.com produces a ton of original content as well. As former executive editor there, I can assure you that we stopped “putting the paper online” many years ago. In fact, two of the people reportedly let go this week are video journalists Travis Fox and Pierre Kattar. Both Travis and Pierre have won many awards for their work, and Travis won the first national Emmy ever given out for Web video. Travis and Pierre are talented guys who produce world-class journalism, and as hard as it is for some to believe, it’s actually possible for great journalism to come in a form other than a newspaper.

It’s the attitude of Stone Age commenters like these that still pervades far too many print newsrooms. Instead of attempting to adapt to what is clearly a digital future, they complain about the world collapsing around them, yet demean anyone who tries to do anything differently. And they wonder why so many people have stopped listening to them, both professionally and personally.


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    A 15-year veteran of digital media, I am currently the U.S. consulting editor for The Guardian. From Nov. 2004 to Jan. 2009, I was executive editor of washingtonpost.com. Prior to that, I served in a variety of executive roles at America Online. I started my career as a sportswriter at The Washington Post in 1987, and my first digital job was in 1995, when I became sports editor of The Washington Post's first new media effort, called Interchange.

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