When Journalism was a Thing, Part Seven.

When the New York Daily News recently imploded, it showed how weak journalism has become. A major New York City daily just couldn't make it. Someone recently asked if it was "death or murder", and also had this to ask:

Twenty-four reporters lost their jobs yesterday. It’s a mass murder, actually.

Is there no New York billionaire– in a city of billionaires?– who care enough to save the paper from Tronc?

It was death by willful neglect of an illness. That's what killed journalism.

I know how many times I used to point it out and offer solutions, and had a 100% rate of being completely ignored.

I went into the profession for the express purpose of studying it. If any one person was qualified to know what went wrong and how to fix it, it was me. I made sure of it.

I went into the profession with an actual plan. I have an absolute right to expect to be heard and taken seriously without arrogant smirks or snippy dismissals or insults. I made certain that I had the qualifications to see what needed to be done, and I have the right to be respected, and given a platform to discuss it.

And believe me, having just a job, and having a meta-job are nothing alike.

I am not being full of myself or passing myself off as some messiah. I am not an armchair analyst or a deluded fairy princess who feels self-entitled or is some paranoid and hysterical know-it-all.

There are not many people who jump into a profession to study it by being in it. I was a journalist who wrote about various issues about journalism. I had the psych degree and conducted studies (yes, real studies) empirically. From rejection letters to interviewing techniques, there wasn't an opportunity wasted. I wrote articles on journalism, and when I was ready, I wrote two books on journalism...and then ran my own online news outfit.

And then I updated my research, conducted meta-studies, reanalyzed the old data with the new data, and then wrote a book that is coming out in two days.

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I liken it to an autopsy report in many ways, but I also discuss what needs to be done to bring in a replacement to the old model as well...