Journalism is not a special class

The journalist is just a heightened case of an informed citizen, not a special class. Journalism isn’t like brain surgery, or piloting a Boeing 747. A professional journalist knows how to get information, ask questions, tell stories and connect isolated facts. These are not esoteric or specialized skills, just heightened versions of things any smart citizen should be able to do.  We see this most clearly when citizens have a chance to substitute for reporters and ask questions of candidates during debates. They generally do as well as or better than professional journalists. That is a clue.

The entire post that this comes from is worth a read, but this nugget is most important to keep in mind if you are a practicing journalist. Remember that you are not above your audience. You are simply one person who has chosen to make your living informing them.

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