David Shaw, 1943 – 2005

davidshaw.gifThe legend himself, David Shaw, passed away yesterday. His paper, where he worked for 37 years, has a one-part obituary.

“David believed in journalistic independence, and he definitely practiced it,” said John S. Carroll. “As a critic, he was fearless in exposing the shortcomings of his own newspaper, his colleagues and his profession. His findings weren’t always popular, but they earned him a national reputation for insight and integrity.”

“He had real clout in the craft,” said Jim Naughton, former president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and former executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “If the White House criticized your work, you looked for the political motive. If David Shaw criticized your work, you looked for ways to improve your work.”