"Writing is a skill, not a talent, and thus one's ability as a writer can be improved by thoughtful effort. The problem with some people is that they graduate college as good writers, experience early success on account of that, and thus never devote themselves diligently to the relentless quest for improvement that could make them great writers."
"[Mexican financier Carlos] Slim may believe that newspapers are just another business. He is entitled to this view. Most journalists, for their part, believe that this isn't -- and can't be -- the only way that newspapers are evaluated. Where many of them err, however, is in thinking that newspapers can somehow transcend -- or float free of -- the most basic principles of profit and bottom line. Slim is here to bring them down to earth."