Nick Craddock No need to apologize, Guillaume; in fact, I had the wording edited because I wrote an ambiguous sentence and your interpretation was a fair one. Antoine Kombouare is a highly credentialed manager, but probably didn"t get the job because, as you note, he's not a household name. It's probably the same reason that PSG opted for Ancelotti: The club is trying to reinvent its image and become a club superpower (along the lines of a French Man City) and a name like Ancelotti creates a buzz, attracts more big names to the club.
Nick Craddock I could see how you interpreted my sentence to mean he was fired after reading it back. Apologies. Meant it more so as he was on the scape goat to fall on the axe (although, let's be honest, his firing was likely inevitable). And I think a more disciplinary, hard-nosed stance from Deschamps will ultimately serve the team well; if the egos keep getting in the way of team success/image, then the players should be given the boot. This isn't their first go-round.
Nick Craddock Agree that the thrice weekly publication cycle will result in "old news." Timeliness is one of the essentials of good journalism and it's hard to imagine how the Times-Picayune will, for example, make breaking news on Monday as relevant as it could have been when the paper is eventually released on Wednesday. The limited papers will also mean that editors will have to be even more selective in deciding what content is worthy of making it into print.
Nick Craddock No problem, Cole. It really is a shame that it's comes to this for the Times-Picayune. If younger people were more willing to take the time to read the paper daily as a way of becoming informed of the world around them, like your step-grandfather, then there would be no need for cuts like this one.
Nick Craddock I agree completely, Emily. I, too, have an affinity for newspapers and I hope that if you do go into journalism you and your colleagues will be able to devise a business model to make the square peg a round peg (or at least roundish; I'd settle for an oval at this point).
Nick Craddock Darwin, I agree with you that it is not unreasonable for a person to pay an online subscription, I'd be willing to pay the fee, but I'm biased because I come from a journalism background. I think paying for the news online will take some time to sink in with some people who are now accustomed to getting their news for "free" on the web.
Nick Craddock To clarify: I did not write the headline "Journalism is dead"; I clearly note in the body of the article that there is a difference between the print media and other forms of media, which I know are not struggling. So, I agree with you, Daniela, that the headline is a bold (and untrue) statement.
Nick Craddock To clarify: I did not write the headline "Journalism is dead"; I clearly note in the body of the article that there is a difference between the print media and other forms of media, which I know are not struggling.
Nick Craddock You cite the NY Times and Salt Lake City Tribune as having success with online subscriptions, but outside of larger metro dailies, would people pay online subscription fees for their (smaller) community newspapers? I'm not as certain. Also, in one of the links I provide in the article, the Louisville Courier-Journal was going to charge online fees and that proposition was not met with enthusiasm, so maybe this changing business model won't find success everywhere, even at large metro dailies.
Nick Craddock The athletes do make something: They gain notoriety and a chance to hone their basketball skills to further their chances of having a successful NBA career without having to pay a dime. Heck, if they so choose, they also have the opportunity to make the most of receiving a free education, should basketball not pan out. The athletes don't have to go to college if a paycheck is so important to them. They could play professionally overseas after high school (i.e. a Brandon Jennings or Jeremy Tyler), but most don't go that route because it hurts their NBA draft stock and national exposure, which can skyrocket after a great season of college ball.
Nick Craddock George, I think the second paragraph of your comment restates the biggest issue I have with this proposal. If law schools start this precedent, why wouldn't other majors/programs follow suit? From a pragmatic, yet pessimistic view, there simply isn't enough money to go around to give to all the disappointed graduates, who aren't employed in the job (or employed at all!) they thought they would be.
Nick Craddock Perhaps the longer jail term would have left me more comfortable with his return to journalism. The problem is that I'm not exactly sure what restitution is a fair compensation for the damage he did to journalism. It's so hard to quantify damage to reputation (either to an individual, like Letterman, or to a group, like journalists). I wish that I could give you a more definitive answer, but I don't have one at the present.
Nick Craddock Like I said, you make a fair point, David. I don't think Halderman should be barred from working ever again, but it seems like this opportunity came so easy to someone has done wrong and that doesn't seem right (there's that fairness in tension!). I'm also not as willing to group paying a debt to society and your profession as one in the same. Nonetheless, thanks for reading and commenting!
Nick Craddock You make an intriguing point, but is it fair that the other disgraced journalists who committed no "actual" crime have not been given such an opportunity to go through a rehabilitation process? If they simply agreed to serve prison time, should they be given jobs in journalism again? I'd also make the distinction that prison time balances your account for having served your debt to society, but not necessarily your profession. Halderman may have done the time, but I think he should meet other requisites. For example, in sports, sometimes players serve their debt to society after committing a crime, but they are also required to perform other duties before rejoining the team and resuming their professional career.
Nick Craddock Well, I know this point works against my argument, but history is also on the side of the newspaper surviving in some capacity. Radio, television and the Internet have all failed in putting the proverbial final nail in the coffin of this senior medium.
Nick Craddock The Marketplace of Ideas has lost effectiveness when we've given readers total control with their news judgment. P.S. I don't want to single out "hotmama7879" because "BigDawgz74" spews a bunch of nonsense, too.
Nick Craddock Frankly, if you read the comment boards on most any website, the ignorance some commenters display is staggering. Their ignorance is only strengthened when they find some "news" content on the Internet that reinforces what they believe, even if it is completely wrong. Despite a source's inaccuracy, this ignorant reader will cite to this "news" content as gospel. One would like to think that this hypothetical ignorant person could read a newspaper and notice the contradictions between info from a legitimate news source versus a sketchy blog. Instead, I'm often convinced that this ignorant person is username "hotmama7879" propagating nonsense about Obama being a Kenyan on a comment board.
Nick Craddock Actually, I don't say that the J-School curriculums are irrelevant. I said that the profession can't be learned in theory (aka in the classroom) alone and an avenue to practice journalism is often the best supplement a pertinent J-school education. Just wanted to clarify that.
Nick Craddock J-school was closed to reform the curriculum, which was deemed irrelevant to today's digital media standards. Other J-schools could fall into a trap of failing to retool their curriculums to meet the requirements of digital media standards, too. Colorado serves as a harrowing representative example of some schools saying "to hell with journalism" rather than placing an emphasis on more relevant journalism education. Without relevant journalism education, people are forced to solely learn through practice of journalism, but the catch 22 is that less opportunities exist to practice professionally. Thus, we're left w/ amateur journos w/ no formal J-school education or professional training all because we undervalued journalism training.
Nick Craddock opportunity exists as journalism jobs become less prevalent. And the on-the-job training one might receive while working for a campus media outlet will not be the best experience it can be, if not supplemented by a pertinent journalism education. Thanks for reading.
Nick Craddock Sadly, I can't give you a cure-all solution to this problem; however, I can tell you what the solution is NOT, and that includes closing a journalism school because of failure to keep up with changing times. Before the solution, whatever it may be, a rekindled recognition of the importance of journalism education is necessary, however. Only a handful of schools took part in the Carnegie report study and reformed their curriculum to cater to digital news age, so if one advocated digital media schools in lieu of traditional J-schools, that would be an option, but the curriculums at many schools are not fully geared towards digital news. Further, the on-job-training you speak of is made difficult, as I note in the story, because less....
Nick Craddock To argue one of your minor points ("...media consolidation may create ... allowing for superior content"): I don't think media consolidation is allowing for superior content. Gannet Co. just experienced another set of layoffs, and the less people in the newsroom equates to more incomplete coverage.