I have always liked Jon Meacham, Editor of Newsweek. Now I have another reason to like him. He doesn't duck when he has incoming bombs.
Newsweek's parent company, The Washington Post, announced last week they want to sell Newsweek. Meacham, who was making the rounds talking about his new program on PBS, didn't cut and run from the media circuit. Instead he used the promotional pulpit to begin to lay out what Newsweek might have to do. In short, he said flip the business model to on-line only with a print version that is based solely on what were the most read articles on-line.
Meacham has had his critics like the Post's own Howard Kurtz. His decision to move from a digest of the week's news to a more focused publication on a single issue each week, cutting circulation and raising the price has raised more than one eyebrow. But as one supporter of the move said, the move may not be a sure bet, but it is likely the best bet for success.
But Meacham also drew a line in the sand for all of us who consume the news: If we are not willing to pay for news as we always have, then it will be a different kind of "news" that we receive. In other words, it really won't be news at all. We already see it happening.
Perhaps driving home this message, Meacham delivered the challenge on The Daily Show. A nice twist of irony me thinks.
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