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David Carr at Medill

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in Blog, theory, web | No Comments

Today, the New York Times’ David Carr came to speak at Medill. I’ve admired his work for some time, and he was just three floors above me, so I hopped on upstairs.  While not directly data-related, he did talk about many topics relevant to the current journalistic climate. If that’s not a good enough reason, it’s my blog, so we’re going on a diversion.  Here are some choice quotes that may interest you:

  • On journalism’s doom and gloom naysayers: “People always say the sky is falling, and nothing happens.”
  • “The golden age of journalism wasn’t actually all that golden.”
  • “I still like to get the sense of a place from the local newspaper.  It’s harder to get that on the Web because of the lack of hierarchy.”
  • “On the Web, beyond porn, and beyond celebrity gossip, news is the killer app.”
  • On why he likes the iPad: “You’re going from surfing and being hunched over to leaning back and relaxing with your content.”
  • “I worry people will be so busy making media, updating Facebook and Twitter, that they won’t have time to consume it.”
  • On using the NYT’s most emailed list as a metric: “When is the last time I emailed a story to anybody?”
  • “I’ve always thought that as journalists, the skills we have are fungible enough that they could align to different platforms.”
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