As sad as it is to think about the recent death of Seattle journalist/historian Walt Crowley, I was heartened to see the remembrance Jean Godden wrote for Crosscut. It’s classic journalistic writing, in the very best sense. Here’s her lede:
I have six indispensable books authored by Walt Crowley on the shelf in my City Hall office, tears in my eyes, and a very large hole in my heart.
Godden, a longtime Seattle newspaper reporter and columnist before going over to the Seattle City Council, writes in the old style. When I read a well-crafted piece like this (and I don’t, very often) I think that comparing blogging to classic journalism is like comparing a stroll around the block to mountain climbing.
On the other hand, I’d be the first to admit that it’s an unfair comparison. Because there’s very little “classic journalism” being written — or published — these days.