I Refuse to be a Part of Barbaric Journalism

‚ÄčIt is often said that to be a successful journalist, you have to be hard nosed – in short, be as sneaky, rude or manipulative as you need to be to get to the juicy bits. Instead of wrapping up this topic in a nice hearty fuck you, I aim to start as I mean to go on and explain why respect is the most important thing in any job, especially journalism. 

Now, I understand that in areas of journalism, the whole point is to get to the truth. I wholeheartedly think that this is a good thing. It is an important role that provides a voice for topics that wouldn’t have otherwise been brought into the public eye. What I have an issue with is the industry’s attitude towards going about this business. I would love to be a journalist and I am working extremely hard to get there, but one thing I don’t agree with is the compromising of integrity and asking inappropriate questions just for the sake of media attention.

“Take a nap and get a red bull” – are you kidding me??

Last year’s Good Morning Sacramento interview with Cara Delevingne is a perfect example of the point I am trying to make. The anchors questioned how hard she had worked for the Paper Towns movie, and even went as far as to ask if she had even had time to read the book. Rude. 

In the wise words of Rik Mayall: “We are all equal so nobody can ever be your genuine superior.” If you feel that somebody is being disrespectful, you have every single goddamn right to stand up and walk out. You don’t owe anything to anybody, least of all your time. It’s a precious thing and you don’t have to waste it trying to please people who don’t appreciate it.

Summary – it all boils down to respect. It is so easily forgotten when the going gets tough. But I strongly believe that if you treat people in the way you would like to be treated, you can’t go far wrong. 


Strike a Light … Or Not

As you may know, #ToriesOutNow was removed from the trending section of Twitter and London protests were not thoroughly broadcasted by British news. Similarly, I would not have known anything about this flyer photographed above had I not walked into a pub and picked it up from under a beermat. I feel today’s blog is a perfect opportunity to advertise events like this, as there seems to be very limited media coverage.

It may feel like a waste of time to some, but I believe that if you don’t stand up and be counted then opinions can easily be swept under the carpet – especially now that Cameron is looking at setting a threshold in strike ballots:

To make a strike ballot valid, Cameron wants 40% of the membership to have voted – when only 24% of the electorate actually put a cross next to the conservative candidate’s name, in the 2015 general election.

So please take note of the 20th June and other events like it. The only people who cannot withdraw their labour are called slaves. It is our fundamental right to protest and we shouldn’t let anybody try to put restraints on it.