Phil Gyford


Friday 24 October 2008

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Jordan: “I think you’re splitting hairs there, Phil; your argument seeems based on the same notion of “journalism as truth” as before.”

No, I don’t think it is. Journalism involves a behaviour - research, investigation, reporting of events. Publishing is the act of distributing some “content” (for want of a better word) to some people.

Someone can publish words, and be responsible for those words, without ever having been involved in journalism.

(Although, I admit, I’m using quite a narrow and idealised definition of journalism - much of “journalism” these days seems to involve nothing more than re-writing press releases…).

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