The Profession of Journalism

Are you an outsider or member of a respectable profession? Does it have to be one or the other?

This is from today’s Media Bistro Daily Feed Email, which in turn took a snippet of a Financial Times column by Gideon Rachman. I thought it would make for an interesting discussion in journalism classrooms or by circles.

Gideon Rachman: American journalists regard themselves as members of a respectable profession — like lawyers or bankers. Their British counterparts generally prefer the idea that they are outsiders. They like to quote the adage of the late Nicholas Tomalin that: “The only qualities essential for real success in journalism are rat-like cunning, a plausible manner, and a little literary ability.”

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