This is a Bad Time to be a Journalist If...

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth
  • You don’t like change – because change is all the industry has to offer you
  • You don’t have passion for your subject – because people with passion are already talking about your beat on the web, and* they’re more interesting*
  • You want to do the job you signed up for five years ago – because that job is history
  • You don’t like the readers talking back – because they have innumerable methods to respond to your work, whether or not you have comments on articles
  • **You don’t like linking **– because links are the new economy of content
  • **You want to decide what is important **– because that power is firmly back in the hands of the public
  • You hate technology – because it is the future (and anyway, the printing press and typewriter were technology back in the day)
  • **You have a narrow view of what skills you need **– because the skills you needs are evolving all the time
  • **If you don’t like competition **– because your competition is increasing every day
  • If you can’t listen more than you talk – because if you can’t do that, you’ve never been a journalist at all…

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.