As you may know if you read half a dozen media news and gossip sites, Howell Raines profiled the Poynter Institute’s Jim Romenesko in this month’s Portfolio. Mr. Raines calls Mr. Romenesko’s media news site, “a high-tech tom-tom for angst-ridden members of a dying tribe” and calls the man himself “both the medium and the message.” (Mr. Romenesko linked to the story himself, pulling one of the least flattering statements, “From guru to geezer in cyberspace,” as befits what all media writers are contractually-bound to refer to as his modest Midwestern demeanor.)
Since Portfolio is a general interest business magazine, Mr. Raines offers a one paragraph history of journalism, perfect for our blog-addled Google-dummed age:
The closest Mr. Raines got to Mr. Romenesko was an iChat window, “Since he inhabits a virtual world, it was a virtual interview.” Eight years ago, New York‘s Simon Dumenco actually spent some time in Mr. Romenesko’s presence, back when Mr. Romenesko was still hosting his media news site independently. Here’s how Mr. Dumenco described Mr. Romenesko’s operation circa the turn of the Century:
We understand he’s since moved and upgraded to Wifi.