While some of my least favorite writers keep on collecting a check, the so-called “paper-of-record” doesn’t make the obvious cuts. No one has benefited from this anomaly more than Star Reader Representative Derek Donovan.
Don’t get me wrong, I hear Donovan is actually a really nice guy. He’s a big time David Bowie fan and even worked with the icon on an Internet project. But there’s no denying that as a Reader’s Rep his professional career is part of a dying breed.
Journalism purists (i.e. old white people) will nitpick at my comparison, but the career fortune of a Readers’ Rep closely follows the fate of the modern day ombudsman. And for that legendary class of newsie things have never been worse for the past few years. Here’s just one example:
“Editor & Publisher picks up on a trend that