Ex-PC Mag Editor: 'Guess How Many Fact Checkers We Had When I Left?'
Notes from the 2008 FOLIO: Show.
CHICAGOâ€”In a somewhatÂ evangelicalÂ speech that was not entirely unlike Tom Cruise's in Magnolia here, Jim Louderbackâ€”the former editor-in-chief of PC Magazine and current CEO of Revision3, an online video company backed by the dudes from Diggâ€”lamented the slashing of editorial budgets in the magazine industry. Specifically, the disappearance of a position that is sounding more and more antiquated: the â€śfact checker.â€ť
â€śIn the 90s, it seemed like we had hundreds,â€ť he said. â€śNow, guess how many fact checkers we had when I left? Thatâ€™s right, zero.â€ť
Louderback did allow that â€śmagazines are not going away, but they've been changed forever.â€ť
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