‘…The notion that anyone is required to ‘earn’ the right to criticize or be cynical about something is absolute nonsense. This breeds a higher form of entitlement and elitism, which, in a world of immediately accessible media, we can’t be tolerant of any longer. If someone reads your book and doesn’t like it, you shouldn’t have the ability to invalidate their criticism because they haven’t ‘earned’ the right to critique it, or that they simply just ‘didn’t get it’…’
The Value of Newsroom Titles
Does the publishing industry have the same need?
‘…we can look to another veteran of the traditional press, former Philadelphia Inquirer editor Robert Rosenthal, who has pioneered a groundbreaking new model with the muscular Center for Investigative Reporting. Rosenthal sees the same thing that Gannett execs see: the need to create new jobs that meet the demands of the digital world.
‘Nearly five years ago we came up the job of distribution editor and engagement specialists. That role has morphed for us into…one job because of our strategy. We not only distribute the content, we engage with the publisher, their audience and our audience. It’s not something I would have thought about very much when I was the editor of The Inquirer…The digital content creators are again clear titles that reflect their skills. I can remember thinking we needed new titles as we added staff and were creating jobs that did not exist in the traditional newspaper newsrooms I had spent my career in…’
The House of Writing [Pictures]
This futuristic looking writing residency provides solitude and promotes creativity
‘The Maison de l’Ecriture, which translates to the ‘House of Writing,’ is a writing and literature based space that faces the lake and the alps in Montrichier, Switzerland. Intended to be conducive to reflection and writing, here writers can make use of a library, a lounge, an exhibition space, a dining hall, an auditorium, and of course, a writing studio. It is this studio that makes the Maison de l’Ecriture most different from other writing residences, because unlike other writing studios- this one floats…’