A few words on David Carr

The journalism industry is going through a state of flux. As it goes through its state of flux, one man came forward with sharp insight and analysis that made the industry stop, listen, and take notice, whether you are beginning to enter the industry (like I am) or you are a veteran of the industry.

That man was the New York Times media columnist David Carr. Carr died Thursday at Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

I never met Carr in person, but I was an avid reader of Carr’s content, from my days as a student in university to even now. Carr’s writing was insightful, his knowledge of the industry was vast. Through his columns and pieces, and indeed his talks and lectures, he educated readers, scholars, students, executives and others about the industry and where it was going. I was always fascinated reading Carr’s content and knowing what he thought, from social media’s intersection in journalism to the traditional issues that face media outlets, from the decline in advertising to the issues of this week with NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

Carr was not just a writer. He was an educator, a one of a kind person in this industry, whose thoughts on the evolution of media are part of his legacy. Though he is no longer here, and there won’t be anyone like him again, his educational wit and insight on this industry will remain, something important for all people who love and respect journalism. Education from him can help this industry move forward.

My thoughts are with his family, friends and his colleagues at the Times.

Alex Veeneman, a Chicago based SPJ member, is chairman and blogger at large of SPJ Digital, and community coordinator for SPJ. Veeneman also serves as Deputy Editor, Media Editor and contributing writer for Kettle Magazine, an online publication in the UK. You can interact with Veeneman on Twitter here.

The views expressed in this blog post are that of the author’s, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SPJ Digital executive, the board and staff of the Society of Professional Journalists, or its members.

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