Message to @brianrooneyabc and other ‘let go ABCNews staff’!
If “Good Morning America” or “World News” look any different in the coming weeks, it might be because ABC News is employing nearly 400 fewer people.
[…] A bid for survival in a crowded media landscape.
For some employees, like the longtime Los Angeles correspondent Brian Rooney, Friday was their last day. Mr. Rooney said his contract expired at “exactly the moment when they needed to shed an enormous amount from the payroll.” In an e-mail message, he compared it to “standing looking straight up when the bomb dropped.”
Personally, he said, the next step is scary. “I’m 58 years old with a wife, two daughters in school and a little dog who likes to be fed. They have cut me loose into the worst economy in my lifetime,” he said.
Mr. Rooney said he believed that Mr. Westin was “trying to save ABC News.”
“I hope they succeed,” he said, “although I like to think they will have a harder time doing it without me.”
Get off the bitch train, take back your life. Show Mr. Westin that YOU can do it better.
Michael Arrington from TechCrunch suggests
What if that group, the most valuable assets that [ABCNews] controls, simply walked out of the building and started their own company? What would that look like?
The New New York Times
But first we have to get you twitterized and get rid of that ABC in your handle, get you on Facebook, and a blog.
Rolling Stone re-launches its Web site today, with more content, including all of the editorial of the current and past issues. But visitors will have to pay a $3.95 monthly fee ($29.99 a year) to access all of the expanded material.
RollingStone.com has digitized all of its 43-year archive of back issues and made them available in this major redesign of the site. Visitors to the front page of RollingStone.com will still get access free to breaking news stories and some slide shows. But the deeper and archival material will sit behind a sub wall that bundles a print subscription with a full-year access fee.
Just heading to my delicious.com account and deleting some RollingStone.com entries about the recession and stuff.
Btw - Only time will tell; is Music is a niche like Finance that can afford a Paywall? Or do they already compete against semi-pro writers/bloggers on the internet too? Like everyone.
DOJ’s aggressive prosecution of someone who exposed serious waste and mismanagement at the NSA could, as the NYT’s Shane put it, “raise questions about whether the government is merely moving to protect itself from public scrutiny.” Whatever else is true, decreeing that we must “Look Forward, not Backward” — and then bestowing that Imperial Generosity only to the crimes of the President and his aides but not to courageous whistle-blowers (or, for that matter, anyone else) — is anything but “Justice.”
Michael says: We have to look forward ‘aggressively’ to find alternatives to support and help ‘whistle blowers’. Hope nobody of them read that here …
Must Read: politics & imperfect knowledge, lobby, health care debate, collaboration, online journalism & blogging.
Consider what happened in September , when the insurance industry released a study purporting to show that reform would cause insurance premiums to skyrocket. The Senate Finance Committee—the logjam in the legislative process—was set to vote on its bill in less than 48 hours. The study, commissioned by the insurance lobby and conducted by a private accounting firm, represented a clear effort to undermine support. It was the kind of move that lobbying groups make all the time—and, in the old days, it might have worked, since nobody would have seen through the study’s tilted assumptions until, as with McCaughey’s old article, the damage had been done. But within hours of its publication, several blogs, including this one, had published critiques showing just how flawed the study was. The critiques circulated in Washington and provoked a backlash against the insurers. Wavering Democrats said they were offended by the effort at political sabotage; the Finance Committee went on to pass the bill, as it had originally planned.
Not that fact-checking was the media’s sole job over the last year. Speaking for myself, I certainly spent far more time on the more mundane task of explanation—whether it was describing how a particular policy proposal might work or laying out the political dynamics of a particular moment. Occasionally this writing got a lot of attention, because it included a reporting tidbit that qualified as a scoop. More often, it didn’t. But over time I came to realize that the mere sharing of information has enormous value—even to people in Washington who, you might suppose, already know what they need to know.
Indeed, one of the many lessons I learned over the last year is that, even at the very highest levels of power, people frequently operate with limited knowledge and perspective. That’s true of how they think about policy and that’s true of how they think about politics. As one high-ranking official memorably told me in February, while everybody was scrambling to salvage reform after the Massachusetts Senate race, nobody really sees the whole playing field.
[via The New Republic - Finishing ‘The Treatment’]