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Offline Linda Aitchison

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Since when did caring 'damage journalism'?
« on: May 22, 2008, 12:36:37 PM »
Just a quickie - a very brief piece of comment I have written very quickly on my freelance writing blog in response to a journalist who reckons these days, we're "molly coddled."


http://www.freelancewritingtips.com/2008/05/since-when-did.html

Would welcome any views/comments.

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Offline alec

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Re: Since when did caring 'damage journalism'?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 01:28:01 PM »
hi Linda,

I read both your piece and the letter that it addressed. I think you're right: that a journalist's ability to empathize with a tragic situation is often where the strength of the reporting in an article lies. as you said, as long as you don't let sentimentality into the piece there shouldn't be a problem. as an aside, I read newspapers for a living (really) and the thought of a Daily Express writer trying to champion dispassionate journalism beggars belief! that rag is the most subjective, sensational, sentimental rubbish I have the misfortune to have to read. but I suppose such a level of hypocrisy from that paper's emissaries is not too surprising.
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