Monday, July 07, 2008

Reuven Frank - words to chew on

Was rummaging through some things the other day and came across a quote I'd copied and attributed to Reuven Frank, former NBC News president and one of the pioneers in broadcast news (and, were he around today, likely online too).

I'm not sure where I got it; probably saw it some trade mag many years ago, and it just hit a chord. In light of all the recent upheaval in the news biz, I thought it worth sharing:

Journalism is a job, not a calling.
Journalists are employed, not ordained.
Now, I'm not sure I totally agree with the "calling" bit; I think the best journalists have a little bit of that in them. But still, it's something to chew on.

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