Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Make Serious Journalism Your Favorite Charity

I don’t read Newsweek, but a friend tells me it’s undergone a dramatic change. Jill is a journalist, so she’s serious about “the story behind the story.” A loyal subscriber for 18 years, Jill says the new Newsweek is too much, even for her. “I want to, but I can’t read all of it. And I really miss the recap of the week’s events. Newsweek has turned into The Economist” ...

... not that there’s anything wrong with that, we both rush to say. We love The Economist.

Jill passionately defends Newsweek’s commitment to quality and depth in reporting … except she can’t really get around to reading it. We both feel sad.

She won't stop subscribing, though, even if she doesn't have time to read Newsweek thoroughly. Hers is a philosophical commitment to the notion of journalism and Truth .. a little like supporting a favorite charity simply because it does good works.

Hey, if charitable support is all we writers and journalists can get for digging and chasing, it's for a worthy cause.

- scrubbed by Marketing Brillo

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