LAT press critic questions ex-colleague's "newfangled business model"

Los Angeles Times
Former Los Angeles Times religion writer Bill Lobdell has teamed up with ex-con man Barry Minkow to launch iBusinessreporting.com. Their plan is to short-sell many of the companies they investigate. "This notion of a profit-motive near the heart of journalism has a lot of reporters shaking their heads," writes James Rainey. "My former colleague argues that investigative journalism has withered so badly as mainstream news outlets contract that it's worth trying unorthodox business models." Rainey says he'll "be looking on skeptically."

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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