Monday, 10 February 2014

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Date a Journalist

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Date a Journalist

Someone very sexy once told me, "Journalism is a sexy profession."

Indeed, it is.

We interview good looking people, we drink expensive champagne, we get to stay "two nights and three days" in luxurious island resorts and we get it all for free. Sexy (and smug) on all grounds, damn straight!

While it's bursting off its seams with sexiness, there's also a very dangerous side to journalism that very few are aware of. Well, apart from all the sleepless nights from unforgiving deadlines that make them crazy delirious, there's another alarming factor.

There are many reasons why journalists make the best partner one can ever have; but there are also reasons why they can be your absolute nightmare. Taking optimism by its balls, I'm here to talk you through -- and warn you -- of the latter.

FAQ: Big data and journalism

FAQ: Big data and journalism

In the same way they always have. Journalists' role has always been to make choices about which information to prioritise, what extra information they need, and what information to include in the story they communicate.

Data is just another type of information. So journalists decide: what is the story I'm reporting here? What parts of the data will help me to find that story? Which parts will flesh out the context, or detail? Which will lead me to interesting human aspects?

Different journalists will find different things interesting – or 'meaningful' – in the same piece of data. Often there are many different stories to tell, so it's a case of prioritising and focusing.

Ian Burrell: Broadcasters’ new recruitment policy shows that somebody still loves newspaper reporters

Ian Burrell: Broadcasters' new recruitment policy shows that somebody still loves newspaper reporters.

Even now, post-Leveson and in the midst of the phone-hacking trial, the written media still commands the greatest respect in broadcasting for setting the news agenda by breaking exclusive stories. The best wordsmiths are also admired for their ability to analyse news, using a medium that affords them luxuries of greater time and space.

It's why so many press journalists have recently been asked to work in front of the camera. Key vacancies in television newsrooms have been filled by Kamal Ahmed, who is leaving The Sunday Telegraph to become business editor of the BBC, and Ian King, who has been recruited from The Times to become the new business presenter on Sky News.