Each Wednesday, the New York Times’ David Brooks and Gail Collins do a Q & A. Today’s topic was newspaper journalism. Aside from making themselves feel better about their chosen profession (Do you feel safe? Yes I feel safe. Do you?) they also took some time to express support for what FishbowlNY and many other sites/people do: Report on the reporters.
Here is their exchange, which will hopefully warm the hearts of media reporters everywhere:
David: I used to tell young journalists to start out writing crime stories somewhere. Now I tell them to produce Web pages that link and comment on the best pieces in the national press. The big editors will look to your site if you write obsessively about them. Eventually they’ll hire you.
Gail: That’s a good career strategy, I suppose. Instead of covering the news, you cover the people covering the news.