A major metropolitan daily may face bankruptcy. Another could be put up for sale, or might fold if there isn’t a buyer. And still another walked folks out the door for good in a familiar rinse-and-repeat story.
When he was interviewed by NPR last weekend about his layoff from the Village Voice, Nat Hentoff quickly cited the title of a Duke Ellington classic as an analogy to what’s been happening in a newspaper industry that had another rough week.
The eminent jazz critic and civil libertarian remains hopeful that the work of journalism that he’s so cherished and done much to uphold will go on. It’s with that wish in mind that I give you the great bandmaster Ellington on the keyboards, and a fabulous Johnny Hodges on the sax, to take this blog into the weekend: