WSJ reporter leaves, has harsh words for management

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  1. sean says:

    Josh Prager isn’t the first, nor will he be the last journalist to “leave home;” that is–a job they thought would be a career and, alas, is not. But Prager, and others, need to be more aware whatever they say in print can’t be retracted, at least easily. And they also need to be more openly aware that management doesn’t give a rat’s ass what they think. The chasm between management and rank-and-file is now so wide and so deep, it might be irreparable. The business has changed radically in the past decade. Newspapers, by and large, have not. While Josh may be right in his assumptions; I’ve seen more than one more-than-capable broadcast and print journalist reduced to selling boat parts at a marine store because they opened their mouth one too many times. While they had every right to do so and their take may have been right-on…it just wasn’t the prudent thing to do.

  2. Tony says:

    Break out the violins. To those of us who work at other daily papers, the idea that the WSJ has abandoned long-form journalism is laughable. They just ran a story yesterday on Stanford that was probably 100-120″. I read Prager’s Raoul Wallenberg story. I thought it was too long — I can’t imagine enduring it for three days.

    It’s too bad that talented journalists such as Prager are leaving daily journalism. But it sounds as though his interests were always in projects filled with “boundless creativity” that yielded few stories, while leaving to others the hard duty of producing the timely and smart stories that readers expect of a daily paper.

  3. Also Tony says:

    I kinda agree with Tony. Paying the guy 125,000 to produce one article a year only works if every one is a shot heard round the world.

    Josh…take your llama with you!

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