I enjoyed a week-long visit to charming Pittsburgh and was delighted to pick up your Post-Gazette to find that journalism is not dead after all! My travels take me to quite a few cities where I get a chance to read the area newspaper. It has been very disappointing to find that as the years progress the quality of journalism has declined. I thought we were pretty much at the post-mortem stage.
Even in the Baltimore-Washington area, where I come from, great papers have slid into the abyss of info-tainment. Poorly written, biased, a pop-culture writing style that is little more than a reflection of momentary prevailing opinion -- that is not journalism.
Kudos to your paper!
There is one serious objection I feel worth mentioning: It is the use of "journalistic-looking advertising," as on Page A-7 on Nov. 18.
I have a medical background, so I can readily see through the inflated headlines, and "that which looks like news" is not news at all. Disconcertingly, I had to search all over the page for the tiny, tiny writing that said "advertisement."
This pseudo-news marketing is a disservice to both your paper's professionalism and to the readers' trust. More and more people are having trouble discerning the truth from marketing, especially in areas of health. I hope you will not blur those lines.
Again, but for the small yet important exception noted, I want to commend you. I enjoy your paper immensely. The writing is refreshingly intelligent and professionally journalistic. Perhaps other formerly great papers will swing back to the days when newspapers journalistically report the news.