“We old-fashioned types expect industrialists to understand how their machines work; we expect chief constables to know what it’s like to arrest a miscreant on the street; we believe journalists are enormously improved by knowing the hell that breaks loose when you mis-spell the name of the winner of the dahlia class at the flower show.“
Yup. My dad (who met my mum when they were both young journos on a local paper) has this as one of his bug-bears. If you got someone’s name or age wrong on a local paper, your editor called you- because he’d heard from the person, and you got a bollocking. You learnt quickly not to get the fine details wrong again. That was the old-fashioned ‘apprentice’ system.
Now you’ve got “journalists” being produced by universities, then going to work for nationals. And there isn’t that nitty-gritty feedback. And so you don’t learn the ropes.
Oh, it’s all falling apart, end of western civ etc…