Journalism professor accepts challenge to blog for Business Insider

College Media Matters | Business Insider
When University of Tampa journalism professor Dan Reimold criticized Business Insider financial blogger Joe Weisenthal, Henry Blodget responded that Reimold “would fail miserably” if he tried to keep up with Weisenthal’s around-the-clock blogging and tweeting. Reimold responds, “Sir, just name the day.  I’ll pay for my own plane ticket.”  Blodget writes:

Let us know when you’ll be here (we can help with the place to stay). We’ll give you a desk right near Joe Weisenthal and you can crank for as long as you like. And we’ll also document the whole thing–our readers will love it. Can’t wait!

It looks like this thing is on.

There is some substance behind the chest-thumping. It goes something like this: Reimold said he wouldn’t hold Weisenthal up as a model for his students because he can’t separate himself from his work, he’s often wrong and he doesn’t write deeply.

Blodget’s take is that Reimold wants to write magazine pieces and that Mr. Professor doesn’t understand digital journalism. Besides, he writes, “People who love their jobs often work very hard.”

To that last point, Reimold writes:

Journalism is changing. Yes, the old school can do it better. But so can you. If you want to hold up your site as a model for quality journalism and the type of nonstop hell you apparently put your best employee through as the inevitable future work shift, that’s on you. That doesn’t mean we all have to agree with it.

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  • digidave

    This is going to be F’n epic! I would totally do a pay-per-view weekend outta this. Somebody get me some popcorn.

  • Dan Mitchell

    Several times now I’ve seen positive references to Weisenthal’s ability to “crank.” Why is it seen as laudable, this cranking? Of course anyone could do it, if they wanted to. All it takes is the ability to string a sentence or two together, a very basic understanding of business and finance, and the willingness to put in a lot of time. Not thought — just time.

    But what good does it do anyone? There are thousands of people out there disseminating business news, from tweets to long, well-written investigative pieces. Weisenthal’s “cranking” might be unusual, but in the context of all that information, it  doesn’t add any value that I can see. He has done some good stuff (if I remember right) — but how much *better* would it have been if he had put some more time and work into it rather than churning out a bunch of tweets and info-squibs about other things?

    Of course, “cranking” helps Business Insider to live up to its reputation as a content mill. But for the rest of us….?

    You know who else “cranked?” Thomas Kinkade.