Friday, April 15, 2011

USAT | 'Beat the Press' asks: sizzle or substance?

As USA Today considers paying bonuses to sports news employees based on pageviews, a Beat the Press segment tonight reports, "purists say the quest for clicks could encourage reporters to emphasize celebrity sizzle over traditional journalistic values."

Produced by WGBH-TV, the Boston PBS affiliate, the public affairs program about media interviewed me via Skype for the show, which aired in the Boston area.


  1. I could see the bonus plan working for light entertainment stories, perhaps some sports. But it will undermine the integrity of News and Money.

    Have these people not given any thought to the editorial ethics involved here? Oh. That's right. They really aren't journalists. Why bother?

  2. Why would they interview you. No offense but you don't work fir the company so what does it matter what you say?


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