I used to look scan all the weekly publications in the market regularly as part of my job. I needed to see what they had that we didn’t. Since I quit, though, I never look at them. I don’t consciously avoid them; they just aren’t where I am. It’s out of sight, out of mind.
So I was surprised when my friend Larry Keech told me on Facebook that Yes! Weekly mentioned me this week. After all, I’m old news. Fortunately, it is an article about Jeff Gauger, my successor in the News & Record’s editing chair. It calls me “the venerable John Robinson.” For that, Jeff, I apologize.
Writer Jordan Green does express some concern about the paper’s news judgment, which is as it should be, given that Yes is an alt.weekly and has a distinctly different audience from the N&R . But if anyone can explain the meaning of this sentence, please do: As resources become scarcer in the industry and powerful institutions become in some respects less accountable, we’ve come to approach our relationship with the N&R from a standpoint of zoned defense rather than direct competition.