Journalism = ?
We’re at a stage where we’re fortunate enough to be able redefine what journalism is. Earlier this year I interviewed an entrepreneur and coach Nick Williams (who has absolutely nothing to do with journalism) for my new e-book (details here).
He suggested journalists need to redefine what they do and be prepared to be flexible with how we define the trade; he makes his living selling information & inspiration…why can’t journalists do the same?
Journalism = access
Last week I had the pleasure of spending the day mentoring MA journalism students at Birmingham City University on Video & Photo Journalism. We talked about visual storytelling, developing a narrative arc, and the potential of video and audio slideshows as tools for journalism.
If we choose we can marvel at the technical elements, the beautiful shots taken on a Canon 7D; but more importantly we can dig into what is a fantastically well told story. The narrative arc here is spellbinding, and masterfully handled.
But most of all this is about the access.
This is a personal, intimate story – one man in grief, and he has agreed to let the film makers join him and share it with the rest of us. That is what journalism–no matter what platform–is: we as journalists must have access to something the rest of the world does not have access too, whether that’s a person, facts or media; and we must have the storytelling nouse not to blow that access on a crap narrative.
- Business journalism is in profit because journalists have access to financial/market data the rest of us can’t get.
- Sport journalism will always be strong because journalists can speak to Alex Ferguson every week, when the rest of us can’t.
- Celebrity news will always have value because the journalists have access to the premieres, press pools and parties the rest of us don’t get to go to.
- Breaking news is value-less because once something goes online we can all share it.
What do you have access too?