Thursday, November 11, 2004

Hiaasen on journalism:
The Miami New Times scored an interview with Carl Hiaasen. The Miami Herald columnist talks about The Herald and Knight Ridder. It's not pretty:
    "Since I've been at the paper, almost 29 years, I can't tell you how many redesigns there have been. But I can tell you how many actually improved the circulation figures: zero. You can blame the Internet, but if you're not putting out a product people feel they have to have, why the hell would they buy the paper?"

Hiaasen also has lots to say about Miami's unique political scene, and about his career:
    ..."Well, being a journalist is also a legal way to work out a lot of problems," Hiaasen quips, flashing just the hint of a smile. "I look at it as free therapy...."


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