Journalism Advice From A Lead Anchorman

Rough edged, cigar-smoking journalists who tap up police contacts over a pint at the pub are sadly a dying breed. Nowadays, no one has the time to strike up friendships and to nurture contacts, let alone get down to the pub. Instead, weary journalists – like most over worked office beings – shovel food into their mouths at the desk whilst typing up articles and watching food debris collect in between the keyboard keys. Journalism has morphed into “churnalism” – bashing out content, articles and copy to keep newsdesk at bay. But maybe it’s time quality articles replaced quantity and we took a leaf out of the old school? However, people get their news these days – Twitter, Facebook, iPhone Apps – they all want reliable and interesting content. Whether you’re a freelance writer or you’re a staff reporter (a very rare breed) the best stories come from contacts you’ve nurtured. So put down your garage bought sandwich and get out of the office – pound the streets for rich content which can be spun into quality articles. I’m not suggesting you should take up cigar smoking or take to drinking whisky at the desk (aka Ron Burgandy), but maybe we should open our ears to some of his advice. So for all you aspiring journalists out there, this is the man himself…

 

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