Conrad Fink, #WWFD. Which is more important: good journalism or page views?

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12 thoughts on “Conrad Fink, #WWFD. Which is more important: good journalism or page views?

  1. fascinating perspective, but what speaks louder than his point about the nature of journalism is his sneering, seething anger and paternal self-righteousness. there’s a heart-attack in this poor elderly fellow’s future if he doesn’t learn to chill. Wiping the sneer from his voice might also help people listen a little longer to what he is saying. This is classic and explains everything about why the change was poorly managed with students, doesn’t it?

  2. Dear inotherwordstoday: There is not a heart attack in this man’s future. Unfortunately, we lost him a few months ago to cancer. Please be nice. Us present and past R&B’ers love him and miss him dearly.

    • Not to devolve into a whole other debate, but it’s easy to misunderstand what Fink is saying there. The man was on twitter, he checked his Facebook from his IPad. He was referring to “dog washing” posts as an extreme, and knew full well twitter had its advantages as a journalistic tool. I discussed it with him.

      He’s being funny to make a larger point: you need to read the stories and links beyond the 160 characters if you’re to become informed.

      And to the author of the first post, I can only hope you have a heart attack in your future, how’s that for nice?

  3. Conrad Fink’s analysis of the challenges news organizations face is indisputable. He was a smart guy — and he had great eyebrows.

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