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Diretor de redação demitido manda recado

Ricardo Lombardi

24 Janeiro 2008 | 07h22

Curiosidade jornalística: vale a pena dar uma lida no e-mail que o agora ex-diretor de redação do Los Angeles Times, James O’Shea, mandou para a sua equipe na segunda-feira, depois de ser demitido (por se recusar a fazer cortes de gastos, claro). Alguns trechos interessantes, sobre os quais vale refletir (favor repassar para as redações deste país):

“I think the current system relies too heavily on voodoo economics and notenough on the creativity and resourcefulness of journalists. We journalists have our faults, but we also have a lot to offer. Too often we’ve been dismissed as budgetary adolescents who can’t be trusted to conserve our resources. That is wrong.
The biggest challenge we face — journalists and dedicated newspaper folks alike – is to overcome this pervasive culture of defeat, the psychology of surrender that accepts decline as inevitable. This mindset plagues our business and threatens our newspapers and livelihoods.
This company, indeed, this industry, must invest more in solid, relevant journalism. We must integrate the speed and agility of the Internet with the news judgment and editorial values of the newsroom, values that are more important than ever as the hunger for news continues to surge and gossip pollutes the information atmosphere. Even in hard times, wise investment — not retraction — is the long-term answer to the industry’s troubles. We must build on our core strength, which is good, accurate reporting, the backbone of solid journalism, the public service that helps people make the right decisions about their increasingly complex lives. We must tell people what they want to know and — even more important — what they might not want to know, about war, politics, economics, schools, corruption and the thoughts and deeds of those who lead us.”