‘A sense again that … journalism can be a great business…’

(John) Ridding readily conceded. “It did a lot of damage to itself.” But he also said that things are changing in journalism and that the business climate is improving. “There is a belief in journalism,” he said. “It was only a week or two after our deal that NBC Universal and BuzzFeed did quite a big deal. There’s a lot of capital going into not just start-ups but the industry in general…. I think there is a sense again that, actually, great journalism can be a great business if you get the business model right.”

John Cassidy ‘The Financial Times and the future of journalismThe New Yorker

Exalted status

In the nation’s animal world, falcons still enjoy exalted status. They are the only animals allowed uncaged in cabins on flights operated by Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways, the national carriers. They are issued their own passports, bearing their names and images. They travel, often uncaged, in their owners’ cars.

-Karen Leigh and Rory Jones ‘At this beauty pageant, the claws really come out’ The Wall Street Journal

‘Everyone does it’

The most dangerous three-word phrase in business is: “Everyone does it.”

However conventional it is to bend the industry’s regulations, however great an advantage your rivals gain, however much pressure you face to do so too, there is a simple test for deciding whether to succumb to temptation. What would happen if the world found out? How great would the damage be?

When the backlash comes, it comes with a vengeance. Suddenly, behaviour that was common practice, passed over with a nod and a wink, or secretly condoned to keep up with rivals, is judged to be improper and perhaps illegal. “Everyone did it” is no defence. Once it has been exposed to public gaze, and regulators have been shamed for failing to stop it, there is no forgiveness.

-John Gapper ‘Volkswagen’s deception is a warning to every company‘ Financial Times

The Pope’s first US steps

Pope Francis arrived in Washington on Tuesday to a joyous greeting from well-wishers as he began the historic visit that millions of Americans have been awaiting and for which three of the country’s great cities have been anxiously preparing.

The pope’s white and green Alitalia jetliner touched down at 3:50 p.m. on a flight from Cuba at the start of a spiritual and political journey that will take him to the centers of U.S. government, power and history.

Beneath gray skies, the pope stepped off the airplane at 4:05 p.m. at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County and was welcomed by President Obama and a cheering crowd assembled on metal bleachers.

The pope took off his white skullcap as he walked down the steps from the jet to the windy tarmac to greet first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, Jill Biden and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, among others.

The popular 78-year-old Argentina-born pope, who has softened the church’s tone, focused on climate change and the poor, and seized a spot on the global stage, is making his first trip ever to the United States.

– Michelle Boorstein, Abigail Ohlheiser and Michael E. Ruane ‘Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for a ‘new encounterThe Washington Post