The Al Jazeera America website will go dark by the end of the day. It’s part of the shutdown of the operations which will conclude with the closure of the TV network in April.
Tony Karon, senior ep of digital, writes the lead story on the site this afternoon, titled, Goodnight and good luck. That was a phrase Edward R. Murrow would often use to sign off his CBS Newscasts. Karon writes:
We tried in our brief tenure to uphold the fine tradition of an American journalism that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. That tradition long predates AJAM and will hopefully long outlive it. But AJAM offered us a brief, inspirational taste of a world where talented journalists are unleashed to pursue the profession’s best traditions without commercial pressure.
We are proud and honored to have been a part of it.
For much of the online staff, today is their last day of work. They have set up the site bestofajam.com to highlight what the digital team accomplished in its short online life. Many of these talented writers, editors and producers are now looking for their next job in journalism. Perhaps, in your newsroom. Give them a look.