Het succes van The New York Times is eigenlijk helemaal niet goed voor de journalistiek, concludeert de kersverse mediacolumnist van de krant

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Ben Smith stapte over van BuzzFeed News naar The New York Times om aan de slag te gaan als mediacolumnist. Immers: uiteindelijk stappen de goede mensen van alle concurrerende media over naar The New York Times. En dat is nou precies waar Smith's eerste column over gaat. Over de ongezonde monopoliepositie die zijn nieuwe werkgever begint te verwerven.

The Times so dominates the news business that it has absorbed many of the people who once threatened it: The former top editors of Gawker, Recode, and Quartz are all at The Times, as are many of the reporters who first made Politico a must-read in Washington.
I spent my whole career competing against The Times, so coming to work here feels a bit like giving in. And I worry that the success of The Times is crowding out the competition.
“The New York Times is going to basically be a monopoly,” predicted Jim VandeHei, the founder of Axios, which started in 2016 with plans to sell digital subscriptions but has yet to do so. “The Times will get bigger and the niche will get nichier, and nothing else will survive.”

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