"Safire was a savvy mentor -- playful, exacting, stern, and encouraging"

Aaron Britt was 24 when he was hired as Bill Safire's researcher. "'I'm for you,' he'd say," writes Britt, "and then he would grade my most recent research file with a C-. Then he'd tell me why, what to do better, and send me off again." Now a San Francisco Chronicle fashion writer, Britt says "I've always come back to [Safire's] idea that a columnist is worthless if he's only opinion and no reporting. I don't go to press until I've done an interview or two."
> Three liberal writers say nice things about Safire

  • 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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