Media journalist Patrick Smith admits to being a fan of Blunt, the cynical regional journalist who writes the Playing the Game: Real Adventures in Journalism blog, but takes them to task over the "Bullshit Translator" poking fun at the likes of Web Mangers, Web First, Hyper Local and Media Hubs, which I posted about yesterday.For example, Blunt defined a Web Manager "as an expert in cut and paste. Probably a journalist but not necessary" and Web First as "We really have no idea how to make money from the web but by banging up every story as soon as it is written eventually someone will write us a large cheque. Won’t they?".
Patrick comments : "This ties into the conspiracy theory – favoured by many journalists I’ve spoken to over the years – that newspapers would be profitable if the owners would only “invest in quality”. This theory holds that since newspapers once were hugely profitable (not necessarily true…) they could be again if the pagination, staffing and multiple editions came back the way they were."