Salon’s savvy blend of new and old media has made it a pacesetter for online journalism. It may also be a harbinger of journalism’s future on the Internet.
This in-depth profile of Salon magazine appeared in the June 1998 issue of The American Journalism Review.
By J.D. Lasica
When the editors of Salon heard the reports about the White House sex scandal on the morning of January 21, their daily newspaper instincts kicked into overdrive.
Andrew Ross, who caught the news on the radio over breakfast, surfed the Web for the latest developments and banged out a 630-word commentary from home that went up on Salon’s site before noon.
Editor David Talbot, news editor Gary Kamiya and the rest of the newsroom went into “standard journalistic feeding frenzy mode,” Kamiya recalls. By the time the exhausted staff trudged home that night, they had reported, written, designed and posted the following pieces for that evening’s edition:
• The first detailed report on the contents of Linda Tripp’s tapes, based on Washington correspondent Jonathan Broder’s interview with literary agent Lucianne Goldberg.