There is no doubt that the newspaper has increasingly become less an information source. When the newspaper reaches our doorstep every morning, we already know much of what ir reports. This is not to say that their function is already irrelevant. On the contrary, the change creates a new space for the journalistic rigor and depth that “new media” tend to despise. Yet, I think the worst temptation is to be fall for the offer of the new player, and surrender to its aesthetic code, to its pace, to its appetite.
It seems that my newspaper [Reforma] is ready to free more room for famous derrières (of either artists or politicians), and less for the long careful reportage, the serious reliable journalism, and those news pieces written with much respect for language, information, and the people. My newspaper is losing direction by gravitating toward the power of graphics, by getting rid of smart collaborations, by destroying any sense of priority, by shedding a thin-but-always-pertinent Culture section, giving in to frivolity as never before. I am saying this here because this is where it must be said.
Writer Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez in his weekly op-ed (in Spanish) at Periódico Reforma (Mexico City), after the unveiling of a radical new visual design of its print version (paywall) in time for their 20th Anniversary.
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— Xulio Guillén (@xulioguillen)