“We’re all critics,” says blogger, veteran editor and onetime critic Jeff Jarvis. “If I were starting Entertainment Weekly today, it wouldn’t be a magazine, and it likely wouldn’t hire critics.”
Jarvis, who was the magazine’s founding editor in 1990, says publications insist on employing their own critics for one reason: “Ego. Is the 87th critic writing the 87th review in Topeka going to be better than A.O. Scott? Probably not. We can’t afford repetition in journalism anymore.”
I’m not a huge Jeff Jarvis fan, but this is the gospel truth. Journalists must either add value to their beat or prepare for their jobs to be eliminated.