“AOL Is Just As Much A Journalistic organisation As The New York Times"

Saul Hansell

Former New York Times tech writer Saul Hansell — now AOL’s programming director for Seed.com — sat for an interview with the the Fresh Ground Podcast hosted this week.

Highlights from the interview:

  • “AOL is just as much a journalistic organisation as The New York Times, as Bloomberg, as NBC News, as all kinds of organisations new and old.”
  • “In my experience as a journalist, [the relationship between companies and their PR agencies] is a deeply dysfunctional … relationship that … never served either the client or the agency…”
  • “The New York Times has a bunch of people doing great work and will continue for centuries to come…”
  • “I think all that kinds of media — big and small — give you voices to understand, and I think that one of the things that everybody is trying to figure out is [to] make sure that when you’re reading something, you know where the person is coming from.”
  • “AOL has a brand that needs to mean something, and it needs to mean trust if they’re going to be in the content business…”


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