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Time.com: ‘Aspiring journalists should stop going to journalism programs’ says Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell, award-winning New Yorker staff writer and author, suggested, in a Q&A with Time.com, that journalists should re-consider how they train:

“If you had a single piece of advice to offer young journalists, what would it be?”

“The issue is not writing. It’s what you write about. One of my favorite columnists is Jonathan Weil, who writes for Bloomberg. He broke the Enron story, and he broke it because he’s one of the very few mainstream journalists in America who really knows how to read a balance sheet. That means Jonathan Weil will always have a job, and will always be read, and will always have something interesting to say. He’s unique. Most accountants don’t write articles, and most journalists don’t know anything about accounting. Aspiring journalists should stop going to journalism programs and go to some other kind of grad school. If I was studying today, I would go get a master’s in statistics, and maybe do a bunch of accounting courses and then write from that perspective. I think that’s the way to survive. The role of the generalist is diminishing. Journalism has to get smarter.”

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(Hat-tip: Adrian Monck via Delicious)

Beet TV: Time.com managing editor on why long-form journalism doesn’t work on the web

Time.com managing editor Josh Tryangiel in a video interview with Beet TV: he describes online news tactics, why print style journalism doesn’t work well on the web, and reveals that 95 per cent of Time.com stories are original to the web.

(Hat-tip Crikey.com.au)

Time.com: Jon Stewart comes out top in ‘America’s most trusted newscaster’ poll

‘Now that Walter Cronkite has passed on, who is America’s most trusted newscaster?’ asked a poll on the Time website.

44 per cent of the 9409 users who responded named the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

Full poll at this link…

(hat-tip: @shanerichmond)

Another update on the 10 doomed newspapers list

Yesterday Alan Mutter joined the bloggers dismissing the accuracy of the ‘ten most endangered newspapers in America’ list published on TIME.com.

Many interpreted it as coming from Time magazine, but in fact it was a 247WallSt.com post, reproduced on the TIME.com site, under a syndication deal.

Journalism.co.uk asked its author, 24.7 Wall St’s Douglas A. McIntyre, if he defended his selections for which newspapers would next face the chop:

“The list may be viewed as controversial, but that is not its goal. The newspaper industry which was one of the largest employers in America two decades ago is falling apart. Most big cities have not comes to terms with that. This is an accurate list of which papers are at the most [at] risk and why,” McIntyre told Journalism.co.uk

A spokesperson from Time confirmed that TIME.com has been syndicating content from 24/7 Wall St. since January 2009. “This list was not something written by Time.com editors,” the spokesperson said.

Time.com: The 10 major newspapers ‘that will either fold or go digital’

Time’s predictions Updated to make it clear, as pointed out on the MediaNation blog and by Adam Reilly, for example, that the list was published on the Time.com Business&Tech section of its site, but was authored by Douglas A. McIntyre, who writes at 24/7 WallStreet.com.

The next US papers to face the chop, as predicted by McIntyre:

1. The Philadelphia Daily News

2. The Minneapolis Star Tribune

3. The Miami Herald

4. The Detroit News

5. The Boston Globe

6. The San Francisco Chronicle

7. The Chicago Sun-Times

8. NY Daily News

9. The Fort Worth Star Telegram

10. The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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