As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place – The New York Times

“The instructions were clear: Write an article calling out Sara Gideon, a Democrat running for a hotly contested U.S. Senate seat in Maine, as a hypocrite.

Angela Underwood, a freelance reporter in upstate New York, took the $22 assignment over email. She contacted the spokesman for Senator Susan Collins, the Republican opponent, and wrote an article on his accusations that Ms. Gideon was two-faced for criticizing shadowy political groups and then accepting their help.

The short article was published on Maine Business Daily, a seemingly run-of-the-mill news website, under the headline “Sen. Collins camp says House Speaker Gideon’s actions are hypocritical.” It extensively quoted Ms. Collins’s spokesman but had no comment from Ms. Gideon’s campaign.

Then Ms. Underwood received another email: The “client” who had ordered up the article, her editor said, wanted it to add more detail.”

David Carr’s last words on journalism.

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My two college aged children should read this; I hope they do. David Carr was one of the newest Professors at Boston University, until he died last week.

Mr. Carr, who died Thursday, was a funny, demanding, optimistic teacher of reporters-to-be at Boston University, and his syllabus distills his sense of an unfolding…
nytimes.com|By With David Carr

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David Carr’s last words on journalism.

My two college aged children should read this; I hope they do. David Carr was one of the newest Professors at Boston University, until he died last week.

Mr. Carr, who died Thursday, was a funny, demanding, optimistic teacher of reporters-to-be at Boston University, and his syllabus distills his sense of an unfolding…
nytimes.com|By With David Carr

I just discovered this guy David Carr, and now he’s gone.

I just discovered this guy David Carr. I only posted him here once. But it was an amazing post. He made a video to demystify net neutrality, and was the only journalist I know who could explain it.

Mr. Carr, a shrewd and well-informed skeptic, wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times.
nytimes.com|By BRUCE WEBER