Journalism’s only problem is its attitude

Despite tales of woe concerning the effect of the internet, the death of traditional advertising and shrinking news budgets, Robert Niles of the Online Journalism Review believes there’s only one problem facing journalism in 2011 – attitude.

Journalists have been “wallowing in a culture of failure” according to Niles, an online journalist since 1996. It’s an attitude that is “bringing a fatalistic attitude to jobs, one that has been and will continue to become self-fulfilling”.

This leads to an attitude from journalists of “whiny entitlement” claims Niles, who hits out at experienced journalists who are “trying to make it to retirement before they’re forced to make any substantial change in how they work or what they do”.

Niles feels that a whole change of perspective is required to not only be successful in the journalism business, but to actually enjoy it as well.

“You don’t have to live in a culture of failure… but you’ll need to start listening to new voices, and tune out the pessimism, frustration and even scolding you might hear from the colleagues you leave behind.”

(Source: The Online Journalism Review)




“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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