Dean Baquet And The Inevitable Decline of The New York Times

May 21, 2014

When I was a reporter at The Toronto Star, a once-great newspaper that employed the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Morley Callaghan, it was a family-controlled institution that was staunchly Canadian in its ideals and deeply committed to promoting social justice and individual and civil liberties. The publisher in my day was an incredibly Machiavellian… Read more

BANK OF AMERICA’S BOGUS OFFICE OF THE CEO

January 9, 2014

American Banker, a banking industry trade publication, each year gives a “Banker of the Year” award to the CEO who has achieved considerable financial success and accomplishment.  Customer satisfaction doesn’t really factor much into the equation, which is fitting. After all, the industry is not particularly known for its customer service-orientation, despite what retail bankers’… Read more

The Business of Magazines: Vanity Fair and Fortune Reverse Roles

January 7, 2014

Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, respectively the COO and CEO of Facebook and Yahoo!, certainly get a lot of media attention. While I admire their professional success, PR savvy, and ability to mesmerize experienced reporters to a near- hypnotic state, their neatly packaged narratives are a tad overly manufactured to me. Articles about Sandberg inevitably… Read more

Can Fortune Magazine Survive Laura Lang?

September 15, 2012

I’ve been bothered by a late July profile that the New York Times published on Laura Lang, who was appointed a year ago to oversee Time Inc.’s collection of magazines. Lang’s background is in digital marketing and advertising, and her interview focused heavily on Time Inc. having an unparalleled ability to deliver customized digital products… Read more

Journalism Leadership and the Peter Principle

March 9, 2010

Much has been written about the changing role and significance of mainstream media and the myriad factors that continue to erode its once-vaunted credibility.   Chief among them is, of course, that the field is rife with unethical individuals who fabricate and plagiarize, a trend I wrote about last May when New York Times columnist Maureen… Read more