CONTRADICTIONS MAKE THE NEWS
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