Great article from the former editor of the Wall Street Journal describing the decline of the newspaper industry. This is an interesting aside:
A certain fast-and-loose, devil-may-care attitude often prevailed. I remember walking past a photographer’s open car trunk and noticing that he carried a well-preserved but very dead bird among his cameras and lenses. The bird, he explained, was for feature shots on holidays like Memorial Day. He’d perch it on a gravestone or tree limb in a veterans’ cemetery to get the right mood. Nowadays such a trick would get him fired, but in the 1950s, this guy said, there was no time to wait for a live bird to flutter into the frame.
Sort of debunks the idea that there was once a “golden era” of journalism in which ethics were king.
The whole article’s a good read.