For many of us involved in the transition from digital to print media, Jim Romenesko was an early warning of what was about to happen to the industry. On his blog -- always spartan -- he has been gathering information at various stages of elaboration, from gossip to more fact-checked content. In his excellent column of Portfolio magazine, Howell Raines (former editor if the New York Times), recounts his virtual interview with this influential blogger, paid $170,000 a year, who scans 100 blogs a day. A "fact-free journalism" according to Howell Raines.

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