Earlier this week I noticed how I had all these different ideas. Different things I wanted to write about, very passionately, let everyone know what I think about a certain topic. I haven’t felt like this in weeks.
It felt amazing!
I am soon done with my university obligations for this year. Not just discuss the theory of it, but more importantly, actually do some proper journalism, out there in the real world.
To fully understand something it is important to discuss it, look at what others have done and think about it. Sometimes even pretend, do some practicing. But at the end of the day, that’s not enough. You can talk the talk all bloody day, but what matters is when you shut your mouth and walk the fucking walk.
This also means I will hopefully have the spare time to actually update this blog on a daily basis. Adding more comments on journalism as I experience it and live it.
I often mention here [on this blog] and on Twitter how I wish I had more time on my hands, doing more of what I really want to do, read more of what I want to [and should] read and write more of what I want to [and should] write.
Again that became very obvious when I wrote about my experience with an Australian senior journalist assuming undercover reporting is something you would only find in fiction.
Which I feel strengthens my criticism of how journalism is often viewed, treated and taught in Australia – at least [so far] in my experience. Because I was being polite to only refer to the Australian journalist that I have talked with as a senior journalist, leaving out the fact that this person is also an academic.
This also raises the issue the quality of journalism degrees in Australia. Is it this bad across Australia in general, or is this just one-off incident, where someone responsible for future journalists not knowing the history of [undercover] journalism in Australia?
If you are an aspiring journalist reading this, trying to get into the field by freelancing or you have just started your journalism degree; what you must do is to read publications about journalism from around the world. Don’t rely only on information from within the country, or even the area, you are in. Read about journalism from different academic institutions, think-tanks and other journalists around the world.
As a journalist it is not only important for you, but for your readers, that you have a very broad knowledge of what is going on in the world, even if you are writing for a local paper. Not to mention, that you know the history of the field you are working in.