PDN 30 and Relentless Bleeding

This week I got an “official invitation” from the PDN 30 folks, saying I’ve landed in a “select group of talented photographers for this first stage of the PDN ’30’ process.” 

Which is mildly uplifting news, in the face of the incorrigible shape-shifting that continues to mark the current media landscape. There’s some arterial bleeding happening, and it’s going to take more than band-aids like layoffs to ebb the flow. 

Yesterday, Reuters reported that the AP would be cutting 10%, or roughly 400, jobs in 2009. And of course, Time Inc. continues to shrivel- Gawker reports that Time Europe is laying of 20 of 30 editorial staffers.

And then there’s this sad, sad story about a former photo editors working in mail room at his paper.


Helen Thomas Returns

Somehow, I find the return of Helen Thomas to the White House Press Corps strangely heartwarming.

What’s heartbreaking is the nasty running commentary on both MediaBistro and YouTube.

Yeah, she’s not exactly objective. But given the lackadaisical state of the White House press corps, is that really detrimental?