Journalism’s Navel Gazing

This week has seen the publication of both Columbia School of Journalism’s lengthy expose of all the things that went wrong with the reporting of sexual assault on UVA in Rolling Stone and this lengthy piece in Vanity Fair about the fall of Brian Williams from NBC’s Nightly News. Both are examples of how journalism reviews its own mistakes, and must reads for the week. Lots to think about. I found the Vanity Fair piece especially interesting in exploring how simply being good at business in general doesn’t make you an effective manager of journalistic talent.  There are some jobs where content knowledge matters, perhaps more than we want to admit in a society that sees education as conveyor belt to a career, any career, versus valuing specialized knowledge, but that’s a different argument.

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