Columbia Journalism Review's Q&A with Walt Mossberg

I enjoyed this CJR interview with Mossberg, on "the future of the tech beat."

One highlight is Mossberg's comments on how technology has changed journalism:

I think the good thing that happened to journalism was that thousands of voices of people, who are just as smart as the staff of The New York Times and The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, got a chance… to start their own site, their own blog, their own whatever, and I think that was a great thing. There was crap, but I have to be honest and tell you that, of the 1,700 or 1,800 daily newspapers, a lot of that was crap, too. It wasn’t that all print journalism was excellent and wonderful, and a lot of what was the internet was junk. I think it was sort of similar, except the scale was much bigger. There was a much great number of good blogs, and a much great number of terrible ones. But the good thing was it allowed a lot of smart, good voices that we didn’t have. I don’t think those people made as much. Some of them did, some of them made them into very lucrative businesses. But your average journalist starting a blog couldn’t count on it for a lot of money.

I've said it many times: My niche but important beat wouldn't be possible without the democratization that the internet allows. Covering Apple accessibility as I do would've been impossible during print journalism's heyday.