Journalism

Don’t ditch journalism for social media opinions

A decent point was being clunkily made. On one of the myriad of training webinars I have watched in recent weeks, a presenter was telling the audience that people don’t watch the news any more. Her husband would tell her something he’d read on WhatsApp and she would reply that she’d read it on Facebook an hour ago.

I bristled. As a journalist this rankled. Not watch the news? Get your information solely from social media?

That’s not right. News might be defined as newly received information, something noteworthy.

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