Can We Still Learn From Journalistic Icons?

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

An e-mail arrives from Amber Johnson, pointing me to a list of the 10 Iconic Jourmalists Every JStudent Should Study. I imagine most journalism bloggers got one this morning.

And this list is, well, very American and fairly predictable. But I do think the post makes a point that’s worth re-iterating:
>  …but dismissing the history of newspapers and broadcasting would be a huge mistake
It would, yes.
I don’t believe that the changes sweeping through journalism right now changes the fundemantals of journalism *at all*. What does change is the means of expression of those fundementals, and we still have quite a long way to go in unpicking those elements of journalism that a function of a particular medium and those that are the inherent basics. And there are still a lot of people confusing the characteristic of a medium with a core journalistic practice.
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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.