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The Accidental Journalist

The Accidental Journalist

Balpreet Kaur, a religiously bearded Sikh female student at Ohio State University, was minding her own business at an airport when some passer-by noted her somewhat strange appearance – yes, admit it, we’ve all laughed at the bearded lady jokes – and rather than just having a silent chuckle and getting on with his life decided to post it on the social media site Reddit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail Nazi Story of the Week… The silliest one ever.

Daily Mail Nazi Story of the Week... The silliest one ever.

It’s been a bit of a while since my last Daily Mail Story of the Week – so long a while that the feature should perhaps be renamed Daily Mail Nazi Story of the six weeks and five days. Give or take a few days. This is not for the lack of silly stories about the Nazis and Adolf Hitler in the DM, but the fact that there have been simply too many to comment about. Even I have been suffering from Silly Hitler Story Fatigue (SHSF). Read the rest of this entry »

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Work experience journalism

Work experience journalism

Much has been said about the journalistic profession, and how the quality of both writing and research has plummeted ever since online media started to outflank the printed press. While more scurrilous types could always be found in the murky offices of the red tops, much of what you found in the so-called quality press was for the most part well written and – perhaps more crucially – competently researched. Read the rest of this entry »

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Journalistic Geography

It is often said that the world is becoming a smaller place, and that increasing number are travelling overseas; however, this doesn’t appear to have helped what is a large number of journalists whose lack of geographic knowledge makes one think think that they might be sitting on their elbows all day.

First we had a rather sad report in the Daily Mail on those miserable souls shelling out silly money in search of a bride from the former Soviet Union – and the claim that the Black Sea resort of Odessa is in what was “Soviet Russia” (it is in fact in the Ukraine), and today a report in the Telegraph on Sacha Baron Cohen suggesting that the Romanian town of Glod – where the village scenes for Borat were filmed – is in Kazakhstan.

I’ll be posting more on this theme whenever I find them…

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Tumbleweed at the Telegraph…

Sometimes you have to wonder how the online newspapers are able to roll out the glut of stories that land on their desk – or in their email inbox. In the old days, there would be a strict editorial process and a fight amongst the hacks to get their story on the following day’s printed pages; as a result, you’d encounter some inspired and well thought out headlines and well-written articles.

The advent of the Internet has changed things however: far fewer people are paying the fifty or so pence it costs to read the news in print, preferring instead to visit the plethora of online resources at their disposal. As a result, those churning out the news are turning over a greater number of stories. There’s no issue with space – it’s a case of just adding a link. There’s also no great concern about accuracy either – if you get a complaint you can just just edit the article or zap it altogether, which is something you cannot do with a printed newspaper.

While there is certainly a lot more to read, the downside of all this is that much of what is out there is of an inferior quality when compared to what we might have seen in print not even twenty years ago. Articles littered with grammatical errors, bad spelling and mistranslations are common, to the point where it leaves you wondering whether the writer (read: teaboy-cum-deskmonkey) has simply run a piece through Babelfish and used Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V.

Which brings me to the point of this post, and the otherwise pointless article posted today in the Telegraph about Neil Armstrong’s missing “a”.

I find it hard to believe that people are actually debating this minutiae, never mind devoting an online news page to it. Some people clearly have plenty of time on their hands. In any case, we all know that this footage was filmed in some remote location in the Nevada Desert…

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