These days, with newsrooms shedding reporters left and right, it’s easy to talk about how the old media is dying. But take 3 minutes to watch the beginning of this video post from Josh Benton of the Nieman Journalism Lab and you’ll see how far journalism has come since 1995. (The full video is about 10 minutes long. Don’t watch the whole thing because it’s pretty dull after the first three minutes.) Benton reads a portion of a 1995 transcript of an interview with Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., who at that time was the New York Times’ brand new publisher. Trust me: it’s worth the 3 minutes of your day to watch/listen to the beginning of this. Again, I don’t advise you watch beyond the 3-minute mark, because it gets dull and journalistically wonky.
Joshua Benton, Nieman Journalism Lab from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.
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This was interesting but I’m a bit annoyed that you said it was only 3 minutes, when it’s about 10 minutes.
Caitlin – I’m sorry you watched the video longer than necessary. I’ve gone back and edited the original post in hopes of helping people not waste their time — well, no more than 3 minutes of it anyway.
Thanks for sharing this. It was definitely worth three minutes of my time, as promised. Very interesting window on how thinking has changed about interacting with “the people formerly known as the audience.”
Wow! Kinda like when nobody would ever need more than 8 mb!