In his New Yorker piece where he found such inadequacy in citizen journalism, Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism, wrote, “As journalism moves to the Internet, the main project ought to be moving reporters there, not stripping them away.”
Now read, in today’s NY Times, a story about how Lemann is whacking resources away from the excellent website associated with the Columbia Journalism Review, CJRDaily.org, an pouring them back into the paper magazine. His answer to the Times’ reporter’s obvious question — how can he write that and then do this — would embarrass a politician. (UPDATE: Here’s his further explanation, via Romenesko.)
Two of his top editors promptly quit in protest of the move. That should tell us something.
You can appreciate the position he faces. This was about money, and he doesn’t think he has enough to operate the magazine and put sufficient resources into the website, too. But this is a move squarely in the wrong direction for the long term, however much short-term sense it may seem to make financially.
This is a move by an Old Media person, not someone truly looking to the audience and participants of the future. Not surprising, but disappointing.