Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Howard Kurtz Leaves The Washington Post Behind.

Howard Kurtz, a fixture at The Washington Post for the past 29 years, is joining The Daily Beast. What does this mean? Some are screaming that print is surely dead or that new media is taking over and taking big talent with it. However, Kurtz sees through the bs and proclaims newspapers will be around for a “long time.”

In a piece Kurtz wrote for The Washington Post he states, “Reporters instinctively look for the larger angle, so several asked me what this meant for the death of print or the decline of The Post. I pushed back, as I happen to believe that newspapers are going to be around for a long time. Let's not get carried away here.”

Kurtz isn’t the only big name to ever leave print media. The Daily Beast was started just two years ago by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. Aside from well-known journalist moving to new media, it seems college grads are left with the same option. Do we fight for that one open position at a local newspaper? Or do we take a chance and work for a new online media outlet?

Steve Myers points out, “Rather than being a story of how online media has taken something from legacy media, this is a story of how online media is now mature enough, editorially and financially, that people like Kurtz or

Exactly. Online media has snowballed over the past five years. It is now a place college grads look for jobs. It is now a place where “old school” journalists turn for work. With the help of big names like Howard Kurtz, the Daily Beast and other online media outlets may just become a household name.
Howard Fineman consider it a real option.”

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