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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

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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