From The AWL on the growing changes in journalism brought about by successful bloggers.
The set up:
Joshua Micah Marshall is hiring a publisher for Talking Points Memo, the blog he started all on his own in 2000
An editor, who built and owns his publication, who is now going to be the editor-owner, who will employ the publisher. For those of you who have worked at any sort of publication, the implications of this are staggering.
Why? Because it’s the reverse of what currently exists in mainstream media (and has existed for generations). Publishers rule the news and dictate the news. What should a publisher really do?
This is what a publisher should do: ensure the ongoing financial success and growth of his or her publication. Instead, what we have now in the media industry are publishers who believe their duties include dictating the editorial mission on behalf of a business principle. This is when publishers go wrong and, generally, is when they should be taken out back and shot.
Faux News, they’re talkin’ about you. Your days are numbered.