The next Romenesko

Roy Greenslade, a veteran British newspaper editor (of the Mirror) and now a prof and a media commentator for the Guardian, has started a blog to aggregate and comment on media news. I already find it every bit as useful and in many ways more compelling than the required reading in American media, Romenekso.

No disrespect to Romenesko intended. He is what E&P would be if E&P weren’t E&P, if it had updated for the new age when it dawned instead of dawned on them. He gives us news, quaintly echoing the old traditions of American newspapering, trying to take it right down the middle (and then silently suffering the arrows of those who says he doesn’t). Just the links, ma’am. He is indispensible.

Greenslade is more selective. He’s not trying to cover every move by news businesses. He’s trying to find stories that matter to media and not just in the UK. And though those selections have perspective, he also writes separate analyses, pithy with perspective. For example:

Scoop journalism is hopelessly old-fashioned. There’s that nice Richard Wallace, editor of the Daily Mirror, landing scoop after scoop – Kate Moss snorting, McCartneys’ marriage aborting, John Prescott cavorting – and yet his paper’s sales continue their sad decline. One glitch is that, despite producing spoof early editions, the rest of the digitised media world can catch up and even overtake in a nano-second. So plenty of readers (and, obviously, surfers) have no clue that it was the Mirror wot got it. But that’s not the only problem with red-top scoopery. The truth is that even in the old deadline-midnight era scoops didn’t matter to readers. They have always been much more about Fleet Street machismo than satisfying the real desires of readers. Mind you, I bet The Sun’s editor, Rebekah Wade, doesn’t see it that way!

(I agreed on scoops here.)

And he joined in the discussion of journalists blogging with some gems. He acknowledges coming from the past but he has no real reluctance about joining the future. The best indication of that is that he doesn’t turn this into a long column and he’s not too proud to do what’s really valuable onine: aggregate.

I recommend that you add Greenslade to your RSS reader and your daily reading.

  • Jeff,

    Thanks for the tip-off on Greenslade’s endeavor. I will definitely add him to my RSS feed.

  • I already have him bookmarked :-)

  • Glyn

    However, Roy Greenslade is an old-school reporter (former editor of the British tabloid The Daily Mirror) who is diametrically opposed to your views of bloggers as being citizen journalists – in fact, he regularly approvingly quotes the New York Times about this. As you read more of him, I’m sure you’ll find much to disagree with (and nothing wrong with that).

  • Your take on Romanesko is nothing short of bizarre. He has become one of the leading repositories, if not the leading repository, of conscience about the profession, though apparently without a large ego. He understands both the real underpinnings of the business and where it should be heading in ways that you can never begin to, Jeff. And it figures that you’re dismissive of E&P, which also has a deep sense of right and wrong and of the historic and enduring role of an aggressive press in a democracy. All you have is a bottomless sympathy for the future, however dystopic it may be if left to its own devices and to the disembodied meanderings of technology. More responsible people choose to steer that future in directions more helpful to people and to our shared future.