Words: they’re what’s wrong with newspapers

I love media criticism. And I know, among journalists, I am not alone. Obviously, people in other professions pay attention to their trades and the...

I love media criticism. And I know, among journalists, I am not alone. Obviously, people in other professions pay attention to their trades and the industry news, but media criticism seems a different beast. And I'm pretty certain those outside of media care very little about its criticism, unless it involved loathed figures or acrimony.

With so many in the industry fretting that publications are frittering away opportunities to adapt, it's fun watching newspaper columnists and journalism professors line up to submit their special "magic beans" recipe on how to fix their beloved media. Often times, it's the elimination of a commonly accepted newspaper policy.

This one, Edward Wasserman, advocates the elimination of beats. While his argument is sound, I can't help but think the better advice for the Miami Herald's -- if in fact this ran in print in addition to the paper's Web site -- continued success is to limit the number of media criticism columns it runs.

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