Anthony Shadid: The Brown of conflict zone journalism

By Ken Feltman
 
Two-times Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anthony Shadid of the New York Times died today in Syria. He was 43 and cannot be replaced.
 
Anthony Shadid did his job so well that, realistically, no one can replace him. Someone will get the tough assignments that Shadid got. But let’s face it, no one can replace Shadid.
 
Ninety-two years ago, advertising executive Robley Feland wrote about a man named Brown, who had just died. Possible replacements were being interviewed by his former bosses. Feland concluded:

Don’t they know that Brown’s chair and his desk, with the map under the glass top, and his pay envelope, are not Brown’s job? Don’t they know that they might as well apply to the Methodist Church for John Wesley’s job?

Brown’s former employers know it. Brown’s job is where Brown is.

That is how it is with Anthony Shadid.

You will find Anthony Shadid’s obituary here.

You will find the Feland piece about Brown here.

 

 
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Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is chairman of Radnor Inc., a political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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