Jack Wiegman emailed me this most gracious note:
"In addition to criticism of the (dead/dying) journalistic machine, I would enjoy seeing hints of what journalistic entrepreneurs might create as new possibilities. CBS will never come back so what should we build in its stead? Will we ever have small teams of journalists contracted to regional newspapers and broadcasters?
You speak of career as finding positions on large teams. Is that all there is? Is there no hope for the solitary journalistic entrepreneur? How does an individual in a small town write for the international market? Who (if anyone) is succeeding at this? Is stringing dead?
Do you have comments on Herd Effect? You know the scenario: Emerging reporters feel they must limit themselves to rewriting their competitors. Is it reasonable to encourage newbies to research and write their own darn stories for a change?
There once was a journalistic concept of writing the truth no matter what. Is this a bad career choice?
Thanks again. Your newsletter is magnificent!"
Thank you, sir. I wish I had taken assignments from you years ago.
I am going to try to respond to these issues while keeping the focus on what it means to you, as a working stiff in the media jungle (including you freelancers).