"Nattering Nabobs of Nostalgia"
He’s let the flea-bitten cat come ripping right out of the bag: the demoralization among American journalists is now just about universal. Tim puts a fabulous twist on that conclusion, but as they say in J-School (when it comes to writing ledes), the conclusion comes first. Says Porter:
In the last 18 months I've interviewed several hundred journalists - reporters, photographers, copy editors, executive editors, designers, graphic artists. I've been in newspaper newsrooms of more than 500 people and in newsrooms of less than 50. It has been an immersion course in the mood of the press - and much of it hasn't been pretty.
The amount of anger and hostility, of distrust and suspicion, of inertia and ennui that pollutes the journalistic environment in these newsrooms at first surprised me. Now, when I first step into another newspaper I only wonder how long it will take to surface.