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2013-03-25 03:54:48 PM  
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2013-03-25 09:02:33 PM  
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Why Fark exists:

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2013-03-25 04:37:57 PM  
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The news-orgs feed people what will make them the most money. There is no profit motive or set-aside for truth and information. It's hard as hell to find a journal or writer who's honest intent is to inform and, on occasion, accept being wrong.

One minor quibble - news orgs give the people what they want, hard and fast. Does your local paper have a sidebar column on "most commented" or "most viewed" stories? Most major news org websites now do, so have a look at those, you can be sure the editors and publishers do. Every damn day, the "most viewed" stories are sports and entertainment. Political corruption? Down at the bottom somewhere. School board vote the sell the cafeteria to McDonald's? Yeah, maybe three people read that.

Bread and circuses.

Seriously, anybody got a list of reasonable news sites/writers? Partisan bias is acceptable (to a point), but not active partisanship or so many javascripts that the site chokes my NoScript.

Your best bet is to find one that doesn't insult your IQ and whose bias is easy to spot and discount. Frankly, I change my reading list about once a month just for variety and to see who's trying to sell us which lies today.
2013-03-25 04:24:04 PM  
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Gosling: Long story short, the barrier to entry has gone from 'only a few brave souls can possibly do this job' to 'goddammit, I could do a better job than these clowns!'

"The two jobs that everyone thinks they can do better than the incumbent are President of the United States and Editor of the local newspaper." - Mark Twain

Worked for 15 years in newspapers, including four years with the NYT chain. Of all the people I worked with over those years - literally hundreds - only four remain on the job in the newsroom. I didn't leave the industry, the industry left me.

One thing I've noticed about recent grads of J-school, including top-tier schools like UNC or Missouri, is that they can talk all day about diversity and social equity, but none of them can compose a compound sentence that makes sense, or edit one badly-written sentence to make it clear.

And J-schools seem to no longer teach the one most important question you can ask an interview subject: "How to you spell that?"

Believe me, I mourn the death of American journalism. While many of the wounds were self-inflicted that's no reason to cheer about the loss of an important check on political power.

/started on the obit desk
//ended up as managing editor
2013-03-25 04:18:28 PM  
1 vote:
Back in the day, the big three competed to bring the most accurate news to the masses.  These days, each "news" organization just works to reinforce their small demographic's prejudices.  Informing anyone of anything is far down the list of priorities.
2013-03-25 04:06:33 PM  
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The one part to really be looking at is the part about Narrative Science. That's basically robots replacing writers who've been spending so long adhering strictly to the AP stylebook that it's become possible to write a program that can put out basically the same articles. Which is a lot of writers.
2013-03-25 04:01:24 PM  
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Astra: The state of the newsmedia? You mean "I know nothing about this subject, let's see what Twitter has to say?"

You mean there's more to news reporting than reposting what a bunch of jerks on Twitter write? Why would Huffpost lie to me?
2013-03-25 04:00:33 PM  
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2013-03-25 03:57:21 PM  
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Long story short, the barrier to entry has gone from 'only a few brave souls can possibly do this job' to 'goddammit, I could do a better job than these clowns!'
2013-03-25 03:50:56 PM  
1 vote:
I thought Fark existed to feed squirrels.

//and to make fun of Duke.
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