Sam Whitmore: WSJ’s Bill Bulkeley laid off


In what world does something like this happen? The Wall Street Journal basically shuts down its Boston bureau and, in so doing, jettisons one of its top reporters.

There are too many high profile, top-of-their-game reporters in free agency these days. The Fourth Estate is more than profits and losses…it’s the core of the checks and balances that make up the bedrock of a democratic society. Unfortunately, the last few years have seen the erosion of media’s role as a recorder of history and public watchdog. As an industry, media has allowed Trumponian ideals to overtake Cronkiteian roles and responsibilities.

Journalism’s heartbeat gets weaker each time it abandons its best players.

4 responses to “Sam Whitmore: WSJ’s Bill Bulkeley laid off”

  1. […] Sam Whitmore: WSJ’s Bill Bulkeley laid off « ManeyDigital maneydigital.com/2009/10/30/sam-whitmore-wsjs-bill-bulkeley-laid-off – view page – cached In what world does something like this happen? The Wall Street Journal basically shuts down its Boston bureau and, in so doing, jettisons one of its top reporters. — From the page […]

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  2. I think you and Sam Whitmore are right — Bulkeley is a great guy, and it’s hard to imagine how he could be laid off. Despite positive news about the economy, we’re still seeing more layoffs. Which means, unfortunately, that we’re not out of the woods yet. Check out my blog article with more bad news, bit.ly/1lSMth.

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  3. […] journalism. Although they noted that some investigative function will remain, the closing ended Bill Bulkeley’s multi-decade run at the Journal. Bulkeley had been with the Journal for 37 years, covering technology since 1979. He […]

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  4. Wow, this is not good news. And did I hear correctly that Forbes also just laid off 26 reporters?

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