Fired in the press box

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In case anyone wants to know how journalism is doing these days, I offer two tidbits:

A. The firing of three Baltimore Sun employees, via phone, while they were covering a baseball game. Trust me, read this, and you’ll never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever consider purchasing a copy of the Sun again. Ever.

B. I pitched some story ideas this afternoon to an editor I know at a major monthly magazine. Not only did he tell me he’d been laid off, but he added that the magazine is about to die.

Seriously, it’s astonishing what’s going on in this industry. Not quite sure what to make of it, or how to advise students with dreams of entering the field. I’m very fortunate to have forged something of a book career. But for myriad others, well, it’s beyond grim.

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wertheim1PS: Shameless plug for a good friend. Jon Wertheim, my colleague and an absolutely brilliant writer/reporter, has a new book out—Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played. I’ve started reading it, and it’s exceptional work. No controversy, no scandal. Just pure craftsmanship. I strongly recommend.


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