Mort Rosenblum's blog

Journalism Is Not Karaoke

Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik die in Homs trying to get the message out.

Today's karaoke journalism lets anyone step up to the mike, and a lot of fresh voices sound great. But too many enthusiastic amateurs get the words wrong. Our spectacularly skewed world needs more real reporters to get things right. Read more...

Log in to post comments

In Middle East, Think Backgammon Not Dominoes

Tom Haley with Mort's book in Tunisia.

Egypt toppled after Tunisia, and now others totter. Distant analysts seize on the obvious: dominoes. But the Middle East plays backgammon, far more intricate and old as the Sphinx. Read more...

Log in to post comments

From an Ex-Paperboy: News Delivery Is Not Reporting

From an Ex-Paperboy: News Delivery Is Not Reporting

Any ex-paperboy knows delivering news is a noble calling. I dreaded those dawn bike rides with Mr. Ward's Doberman in slobbering pursuit and that old lady's fury when I plastered her petunias. But I loved the news business. Read more...

Log in to post comments

On Separating Journalists From "Communicators"

The University of Colorado Journalism and Mass Communications

Journalism is a specific discipline, as vital as medicine. Communications is theory. It is fascinating to study how porcupines hook up uninjured, or how humans sell ideas to the masses. But we need hard facts and history-based analyses that require a skilled reporter's presence. Read more...

Log in to post comments

"Preditors" In Our Midst

Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting

Online recruiters for the Tribune Company are calling for "a solid team of anti-establishment producer/editors, "preditors"... ." Awesome. Retire real journalists and deploy tyros in "earbuds" and "flip-flops" to explain to Americans why they have killed uncounted innocents and squandered $5 trillion on two unwinnable wars that make yet more people hate them. Read more...

Log in to post comments