Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Pho on Journalism:

Even more than journalists, journalism professors have a vested interest in perpetuating the fiction that journalism is something other than learning about stuff and writing it down. Fact is, journalism isn't brain surgery. Or, for that matter, auto mechanics.”

Auto mechanics is tougher. You have to know something, and do something to fix things, or the customers don’t return. And you have to use tools. And deal with real customers. And ‘fake but accurate’ doesn’t work.

Journalism, for many, is only re-typing press releases. Which is why Journalism Professionals want credentials, and restricted access to the priesthood.

Be careful what you wish for.

On the typing front, isn’t that what Capote said about Jack Kerouac? Probably more true about the PD or Beacon Journal (Terry Pluto excepted).