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Columbia Journalism School’s new dean doesn’t Tweet. Enter the Twitter High Horse ...

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Hamish McKenzie writes:

In his USA Today column published yesterday, Michael Wolff pulled out his wagging finger and directed it at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for appointing longtime New Yorker reporter Steve Coll as its dean.

The supposed folly? Coll has never Tweeted. Using that as the kernel of his argument, Wolff calls the new dean’s appointment “an audacious statement about news values and direction.” He then goes on to suggest that Columbia is out of touch with the modern news landscape – “to say it resists the outside world would be kindly” – and has failed to modernize.

Twitter =/= Long Form Journalism.

Is that really so hard for USA Today to understand?

USA today knows a lot about long form journalism.  They wrote 200 words and an infographic about it once.

I believe the word USA prefers is "Chartoon", because "Infographic" is too high-brow.


One of the lower brow Australian newspapers has recently switched to randomly generated pie charts.  I'm not sure if the person producing them doesn't know how a pie chart works, or is just confident that all their readers don't.  Chartoon would work as a description for this.

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