CON­TRA­DIC­TIONS MAKE THE NEWS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

FOR those of you who are so­cial me­dia savvy, there is a trend go­ing around on Twit­ter at the mo­ment ti­tled #Ad­viceForYoungJour­nal­ists. It’s older, wiser and more ex­pe­ri­enced jour­nal­ists pass­ing on ad­vice to young jour­nal­ists. As a young jour­nal­ist, I have been keep­ing an eye on the ad­vice. Some of it is good, for ex­am­ple “be nu­mer­ate”, which is some­thing I should work on since I gave my­self panic at­tacks try­ing to work out what per­cent­age of res­i­dents re­turned their vot­ing packages for amal­ga­ma­tion polls. But some of it was con­tra­dic­tory. “Re­spect old jour­nal­ists” was one, while an­other men­tion was “Kill old jour­nal­ists”. Apart from the legal con­se­quences of the lat­ter, I’m not sure how it would help me. If I kill all the old jour­nal­ists who will help me on this path to be­come the writer I aspire to be. Also, I don’t like mess, who would clean it up?

Su­sanne Reilly - re­porter

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