Stand Up For Journalism

Despite wind and rain (bright sunny morning and afternoon, so clearly a conspiracy) this lunchtime rally in favour of quality journalism outside the Society of Editors conference in Manchester attracted more than expected (given the shortage of sandwiches and seats).

As National Union of Journalists general secretary, Jeremy Dear points out above, newspapers remain highly profitable, despite their much touted demise. It is investment that is in decline and that is leading to a fall in standards and failure to seek out real hard news stories. People need a reason to buy a newspaper and the reason should be professional journalism that, unlike gossip and opinion, can’t be found for free elsewhere.
Uploaded by mobile phone to Stephen Newton’s Diary of Sorts.

2 thoughts on “Stand Up For Journalism

  1. Of course, newspapers are highly profitable. That is the cause of the problem.
    It started some years ago when journalists found they had less time to get out of the office and actually interview people.
    Fewer and fewer journalists are being employed and their bosses have little, if any, respect for them.
    Journalists are, in fact, a crucial part of democracy. They ask questions on behalf of others who can’t. They tell people what is being done in their name.
    And yet their bosses think of them only as people who fill the space between ads. They should be ashamed.

  2. Rob,

    Neil’s comments are spot on.

    So many journalists and freelancers struggle to make a living and this situation is not healthy for the profession. Unfortunately it is a popular career and where one journalist is lost there is another eager replacement, which makes it hard to maintain or increase wages and respect for the journalist.

    Rob

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