Thursday, November 16, 2006

*The Journalist is Dead. Long Live the Journalist.

Pete Clifton swore - (example: "If you can't spell then fuck off") - not as much as he did last year apparently which is a shame because it's always nice to be slightly shocked in an overly-warm lecture theatre.

What struck me most was something which has been on my mind for a little while now. Many people, mainly those from the newspaper course, keep asking the lecturers if the inclusion of the public will mean the 'The Death of the Journalist' (in the most ominous voice possible).

But there has been a very clear trend in all our online lectures. The very experienced high-ranking guest speaker starts off extolling the merits of the new online media revolution.

But how do they end?

By telling us that they cannot impart upon us enough the merits and importance of spelling, grammar, a good general writing ability, enthusiasm, passion, and a basic journalistic curiosity.

So yes the media world is changing to include the 'user'. But does it mean that an educated, experienced, intelligent journalist (especially one trained at The Best Journalism School in the Country) will become a metaphorical washing machine on the scrap heap, or a burnt-out car on an inner-city housing estate?

No. Of course not.

Update: Nicholas Wheeler of ITN 'On' talked to us today (24/11/06), about the whole internet, new media, mobile content, malarkky. Towards the end, yet again, another question about the future for print journalists. His reply? ''Good writing is at the heart of everything".


Jessica said...

I have noticed that someone from the newspaper group always asks that question.

Do you think maybe they're scared?!

As Nicholas Brett would say....I have no words of comfort for them.

Jessica said...

I disagree I think more people will enjoy reading about a random funny conversation than what I think about some journo topic.

Hahahah I love it. Do you think it's some kind of sadistic punishment?

Chris said...

And as I've pointed out before, two people left quite arse-licking comments on Richard Burton's blog. One was malpunctuated and the other badly spelled. No the best bit of self-promotion.

Chris said...