The Science of Journalism

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Thomas Baekdal - thomas@baekdal.com 

Cc: Margaret Sullivan - public@nytimes.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 19 Jun 2014 06:00 am CDT

Subject: 2014016 - It's All About Egos - II

Finally, somebody that makes some sense -- and I quote:

What if the real problem isn't digital? What if the problem is the journalistic work itself?

I know that what I'm about to say is a form of blasphemy to newspaper people, but just consider if the real problem doesn't have anything to do with digital at all. I know you don't want to hear that, but just consider it for a second.

Thomas, Sir, you have nailed one of the problems; however, it is one hell of a good start. The obvious question concerns their response -- if any.

I have written dozens if messages to Ms. Sullivan -- and I have their auto-replies to prove receipt -- yet no discussion. Apparently they want to suffer on their own.

The next question, of course, concerns your response to my overture -- I am looking for cooperative discussion; however, my access method is somewhat different. Using my own software (http://pdmsb.com) I retrieve your RSS feed and post it to my database. I then retrieve selected pages, edit and post them to my database.

I assume that your Baekdal Plus is tied to the browser, making discussion on my terms somewhat difficult -- what say you??

BTW, Journalism, as we know it, is a dead/dying issue -- and the NYT is a shining example -- a has-been operation trying to hold onto the past -- and failing.

To be continued (I hope) 

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention)

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