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New media, old tricks HE SAYS Aldrin Cardon 03/01/2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010


New media, old tricks


HE SAYS
Aldrin Cardon
03/01/2010

I would not have discovered Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and in a way and through them, Gay Talese (the big ones of so-called new journalism), had I not bumped with Jim Bellows... Not in my present state of life, though, but through a book on sale, which I found sitting very lonely in some rack, in some store, and being offered for very little money any voracious but cash-strapped reader would not be in pain parting with.

Bellow’s memoir, ‘The Last Editor (How I saved the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times from Dullness and Complacency),’ which was also made into a PBS documentary, described his life as an editor of the New York Herald Tribune, associate editor of the Los Angeles Times, editor of the Washington Star, editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, managing editor of Entertainment Tonight, executive editor of ABC News: World News Tonight, positions at USA Today on TV, Prodigy, the Los Angeles Daily News, among a couple of positions in merging what was then a fledgling Internet with news and editorial.

The Washington Journalism Review,in 1992, described Bellows as the owner of the “longest resume in the history of journalism,” not even some of our present contemporaries who have switched papers and jobs with eerie regularity could rival.... MORE


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