It’s the gurus’ fault

Ron Rosenbaum says management-theory gurus have helped create the type of editors that allowed the Jason Blair and Jack Kelley scandals at the N.Y. Times and US Today.

“There seemed to be no understanding that calling a newspaper a ‘brand’ moves things backwards to precisely the thinking that allowed Jack Kelley to thrive — protected because he was the public face of a ‘brand,’ not a newspaperman whose facts are subject to review.” Rosenbaum writes for The New York Observer.

“Who is going to be the editor brave enough to sic some reporters on the corporate consultants who ar jargonizing the integrity of newspaper culture away?”

I don’t think Rosenbaum would care much for the next Notes item: What’s going to be hot next?

Previous Notes on US Today and N.Y. Times: here and here.

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