The clip above of sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison getting all worked up at the concept of a writer working free of charge — “By what right would you call me and ask me to work for nothing? Do you get a paycheck? Does your boss get a paycheck? Do you pay the teamsters?!” — remains one of our favorite examples of righteous rage on the Internet. While it’s understandable that there are less and less jobs available for college graduates to get their foot in the door with a job in journalism, the spike in the number of writers willing to work for absolutely nothing in the last two years is not only insulting, it’s dangerous.
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The Innovation International Media Consulting group, like other media consultancies, used to have a place in the media field. It was not unusual for papers or magazines to bring in outside agents to help identify issues and drive content, with an emphasis on marketing strategies and advertising. And it’s also not unheard of in publishing to have consultants push editorial in a certain direction to maximize readership. None of this is new business.
What is new, however, is when consulting companies like Innovation decide to rebrand themselves as a news org, without creating a clear distinction between their marketing services (and the clients who may have this company on their payroll), and objective journalism. Then things start to get a little bit complicated.
Last night’s panel (from left to right): Ackman, Starkman, Madrick and Morgenson
Last night, we headed up town to Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism for a panel discussing the future of business journalism.
The panel, which was called “Now What? Business Journalism After the Meltdown,” featured New York Times assistant business and financial editor Gretchen Morgenson, investor Bill Ackman, Jeff Madrick, editor of Challenge Magazine, and Dean Starkman, managing editor of The Audit, The Columbia Journalism Review‘s online critique of financial journalism. Starkman also wrote the CJR cover story critiquing the business press before and after the credit crisis and housing meltdown.
Moderator Bill Grueskin, the dean of academic affairs at Columbia J-School, opened the discussion by asking the panel how they thought the business press had fared in its coverage of the recent economic crisis and what lessons they had learned.