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About Ethical Martini

This blog is written in a style that attempts to emulate the late, great Hunter S Thompson. It is gonzo in expression and should not be mistaken for or compared to writing I do that is more academic and measured in tone. This blog is a reflection of Ethical Martini and should not be read as the whole essence of who I am. It is a literary method that draws on Orwell - truth is a revolutionary act and Gonzo - the first-person, colourful, forceful, satirical and humorous affect of HST. If you take this blog too seriously or read too much out of it, then I apologise in advance for offending you. If, on the other hand, you are of a species known as "dribblejaws" and you're looking for a fight over politics or language, then this is probably not the place for you. I get angry at injustice and I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty, though I prefer bomb-chucking to foxhole digging. I enjoy life, including the occasional martini; you should too.

Guest post: Student journalists are not “journalists”, they are students #Jcarn

Martin Hirst has written a thoughtful response to my post on the ‘student journalist’ title which he also offered as a guest post. I’m happy to cross-publish it here. You can see my comments on Martin’s version.

A few days ago, my English colleague Paul Bradshaw wrote a piece “There’s no such thing as a ‘student journalist’” on his Online Journalism blog. He argues that there should be no distinction between journalists or students of journalism (presumably training to be employed as journalists after graduation) because they are both publishers of information and the students carry out the actions of journalists — they are effectively “doing” journalism — while they learn the skills, technologies and attitudes of the profession.

Students are experiencing first hand the culture of journalism, the experience of journalism and the social consequences of what they do. Paul writes:

There is no such thing as a ‘student journalist’.

Students of journalism no longer practise their work in the seclusion of a classroom. They do not write solely for lecturers, or even for each other.

Any student on a course with some awareness of the modern media world publishes their own blogs; their student media isaccessible around the world. They contribute to networks, and build communities.

Even if their course provides no opportunities to do any of these things, they will have Twitter accounts, or Facebook accounts.

All of which means that they are publishers.

I don’t disagree with this in principle. Certainly any journalism course worthy of the name would be requiring students to participate in what I like to call “live fire” news exercises. These are usually done under close supervision. However, writing a blog as part of coursework (and for many students it is an onerous requirement of their study, rather than something they enjoy or immediately see the benefits of) is not journalism. Blogging is not journalism and I thought that debate was settled years ago. Continue reading