Saturday, January 16th, 2010

If only "professionals" should be journalists, why do they keep getting it wrong?

#newsrw Lots of excitement was generated by Telegraph digital media chief Greg Hadfield’s resignation announcement at news:rewired. But of all those tiresome bloggers and not-real-journalists Tweeting and wittering about the event – who was it who reported and got the facts wrong? Oh, yes. Roy Greenslade. In the Guardian. You know, one of those purveyors […]

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Journalism: a trade, not a profession

Star responds to my enquiry about her media recession with an interesting viewpoint from the US.  She says:  I am seeing the profession of writing–and I do consider it a profession–being downgraded by digitization and outsourcing. I’d disagree, in as much as I consider writing for the media or marketing (which is what we’re largely […]

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

More on the demise of the professional journalist

Here’s a good essay from Dan Tynan on the pressure faced by “real” journalists (ie those who spend time doing original research, rather than regurgitating other people’s material verbatim and claiming credit for it). He contrasts the effort required to produced a thoroughly researched and well-written 2,500 word article with the instant traffic generated for […]