Journalist. What does it mean? As one, I don’t know for sure. I started out thinking it was about truth, the truth we ignore because we’d rather not hear it. Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable, and all that jazz. But I do know the meaning of journalism has changed a lot in the last several years. For the better? I don’t know that either. Certainly not in the hands of the comfortable. I do know whatever future we have it’s likely to be on our own. Kudos to Andrew Sullivan for declaring independence. I set out on my own a while ago, haven’t regretted it. I like working for my readers, best bosses I’ve ever known.
Don’t know if this is rebirth or last breaths. We’ll see.
Good luck Andrew.
Andrew Sullivan — If this model works, we’ll have proof of principle that a small group of writers and editors can be paid directly by readers, and that an independent site, if tended to diligently, can grow an audience large enough to sustain it indefinitely.
The point of doing this as simply and as purely as possible is precisely to forge a path other smaller blogs and sites can follow. We believe in a bottom-up Internet, which allows a thousand flowers to bloom, rather than a corporate-dominated web where the promise of a free space becomes co-opted by large and powerful institutions and intrusive advertising algorithms. We want to help build a new media environment that is not solely about advertising or profit above everything, but that is dedicated first to content and quality. (And notice I’ve even finally managed to spell “advertising” right in this post.)