Remembering Newsweek’s Glory Days

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam writes of his first job in journalism, at “now-foundering Newsweek,” which he describes as being “like an upside-down journalism school, where I learned an astonishing number of bad habits.” But it clearly gave him some valuable insights into how corporate journalism works: I was an editorial assistant/fact-checker, with duties analogous to those of an 18th-century cabin boy in the Royal Navy…. In addition to pouring vodka I checked facts, a process that left me bleakly cynical about journalistic accuracy. We would publish whole stories that were lies–Francois Mitterrand’s plan to destroy the French economy was […]