Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, took to Twitter this morning to bat down a report that his newspaper's print edition is on the verge of extinction.
There were reasons to be hopeful this event would be a rare success among such panels: It was, after all, sponsored by The Guardian, which broke open the biggest stories about phone-hacking and police bribery by journalists at Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids. What better object lesson could there have been in the commercial pressures on journalistic standards? And Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, was on the panel, along with native Brit and Reuters columnist Felix Salmon. Rounding out the list were Katrina Vanden Heuvel of the Nation, Buzzfeed's Ben Smith, and host Charlie Rose. “Who wants to represent integrity and who wants to represent commerce?” Rose asked by way of introducing the topic, and there were no takers.(8)
Editor Janine Gibson banks on The Guardian's distinctly British appeal to the ‘internationalist' Yank
It's designed to serve the sizable U.S. audience cultivated by its flagship in the years following 9/11, when Americans, frustrated with the supine approach their own media took on complex stories like W.M.D. and the war in Iraq, started wanting to read the stories the way they were being covered outside the U.S.
More recently, the U.S. audience grew as Americans began following WikiLeaks and the phone-hacking scandal.
But how important is The Guardian's Britishness to its success in the U.S.? And will a U.S. edition remove the reason to read The Guardian instead of the Times or The Washington Post?
The Guardian's new U.S. website has secured two more high-profile journalists for its roster.
The site, guardiannews.com, which was was unveiled yesterday, is headquartered in New York. But Davies will be based in Los Angeles.