12:14 pm Jul. 23, 20121
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As a respite from all the grim news that is no doubt overwhelming your Twitter and RSS feeds today, treat yourself to this Storyboard interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick, who profiled Bruce Springsteen for this week's issue.
Speaking of the art of reporting a profile—as in the type of New Yorker-caliber profile in which the writer gets to spend five years talking to 500 people intimately familiar with his subject—Remnick invoked a classic Seymour Hersh anecdote to describe the "tenacity" that is required to perform this type of journalism:
According to Remnick, Hersh “was working on the Watergate story. The New York Times needed to catch up with the Washington Post … it was killing them. He needed to get Charles Colson, one of the bad guys of Watergate, on the phone. How did he do that? He got to the office at eight a.m. — nobody gets to a newspaper at eight a.m. — and on a rotary phone, he called Chuck Colson’s home number every 15 minutes till seven p.m. Eight a.m. to seven p.m., every 15 minutes on a rotary-dial phone. … He got Chuck Colson, and there was the front page story.
“When I hear a writer say that they ‘put in a call,’” Remnick concludes, “I want to pull my hair out.”
More on that here.
In other news...
David Carr: "Yahoo has what all media companies want, which is a large audience. The company just doesn’t know what to do with it." [The New York Times]
More David Carr: "We will eventually know exactly what happened in Aurora, but the why will remain beyond the craft of journalism." [NYT/Media Decoder]
Rupert Murdoch has resigned as director of the companies that run his British newspapers. [The Telegraph]
Bloomberg is prepping a daily magazine for the Republican and Democractic conventions. [Adweek]
A prescient promotion at PBS' "Frontline." [The New York Times]
R.I.P. Alex Cockburn. [The New York Times]
Fashion mags are thriving in China. [The New York Times]
Behind The New York Times' and Wall Street Journal's online video push. [Digiday]
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