This is the kind of stuff good librarians know that the average joe doesn’t. If you need some research done by a professional, I recommend Kirsten, author of digitalsmith.ca
I mean it.
I hate it when writers give advice on writing, as if we were all the same, and what works for one will work for another. I see it all the time on the Internet, and it drives me crazy. Writers are the most capricious, unreliable, fickle, and inhomogeneous set of professional people in the world. They share not a single particular except the physical act of sitting down to write (and some not even that: Hemingway wrote standing up.) Some, like Fitzgerald and Parker and Lardner, were dissolute sots, and some, like Leo Tolstoy, were clear-eyed, sober and austere. I once saw Andrew Piper and Lisa Moore on stage together at a festival in Ottawa. Piper said all writers are moody and troubled. Moore was quick to disagree (although I’ve met Moore on several occasions, and I would be hard-pressed to call her lighthearted and generous.) My…
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I’m no Margaret Wente fan, but I have nothing invested in this story being either true or false. If it’s true, I should have heard about it before someone posted a link to this article on Facebook. If it’s false, I should have heard about it before someone posted a link to this article on Facebook. The fact that I only heard about it when somebody posted this article suggests to me that the author’s point, once reached in this article, is well made. And maddening.
No golden age of political journalism? I agree. But given what this columnist says about the greater education of and resources available to today’s political journalists, I would expect to see more policy than politics, and less pack reporting, a little more outside-the-bubble context. … I say that as a consumer; I’ve never worked on the Hill.
Survey: Public prefers news from professional journalists | Poynter..
So there, my citizen-journalist-loving former industry.
This is a good article — I’ve said most of these things at one time or another myself, and am patting myself on the back for my smarts — but the really interesting thing about this are the comments, especially the last one, from a journalist who was near retirement age when she was laid off. She became a security guard to supplement her severance/unemployment/pension and says it woke her up to what she should be doing, and all in all the lesson she learned is “you are not what you do.” That was a good one.