Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Slow food, slow reporting

Haven't read the whole of this guy's inaugural remarks as a newly minted U.K. journalism prof, but I liked this snip:

You can get junk food on every ... street. And you can get junk journalism nowadays in every outlet there is. But just as there is now a movement for Slow Cooking, I should also like to see more of a demand for Slow Journalism.

Slow Journalism would show greater respect for the craft of the reporter – a patient assembler of facts. A skilled tradesman who is independent and professionally reputable. And who can get paid the rate for the job. A disentangler of lies and weasel
words. Don’t you think such people are useful operatives to probe the dodgy
mechanisms of our imperfect democracy, and our very imperfect world? I do.

Thanks to SacredFacts for the pointer.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:34 AM

    And that's all great, but I'd hate to see slow journalism have the same following as the "slow cooking" movement -- a tiny, tiny niche of that's almost willfully eccentric compared to how people actually live. "Slowing things down" may well happen, but not on the scale needed to maintain large news operations. Best to stick with practical thoughts, not wishful ones.