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Friday, January 5, 2007

Another argument for newspaper journalism

Posted By on Fri, Jan 5, 2007 at 12:44 PM

From Malcolm Gladwell (Blink, The Tipping Point), an addendum to his recent New Yorker article about Enron:

We’ve spent a lot of time, post-Enron, criticizing the flaws in theinvestment community’s gatekeeping activities. But I think we shouldalso recognize what the Enron case tells us about the value ofnewspaper journalism. Maybe, in other words, we have underestimated thevalue of impartial, professionally-motivated, under-paid and overworkedgeneralists in tackling the kind of information-rich,analysis-dependent “mysteries” that the modern world throws at us.


Of course, I just cancelled my Free Press subscription. We're finally buying a new car and I just can't afford the luxury of getting the BFP anymore (besides, I can read it at work). Still getting the Sunday NYT, though.

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Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.

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