Cliche of the Week 66 – Quality Journalism

October 10, 2011 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

(Thank you to Malcolm Colless for suggesting this one)

The good news is that quality journalism is on the increase, or at least we’re writing about it more.

Quality journalism, be it reporting of the objective and balanced kind or investigative journalism or another flavour of the first cut of history, is now a daily debate. Two years ago, the label was used 25 times a month and now it’s hitting 180.

Once you get past a baseline of relevance, accuracy and fairness, quality journalism depends on your viewpoint.

The ‘quality” part should be dropped.  ‘Journalism’ is excellence born of professional reporting. Anything else is sloppy.

“The paper also opens the debate on policy change required to support quality journalism in an environment where the commercial newspaper model is facing significant strain.” (The Age, September 29)

“Google News is touting its latest new feature as focusing on high-quality journalism and ‘giving credit where credit is due’, as Google said in its blog.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 25)

“The new site will appeal to readers who are drawn to the Globe’s quality journalism, an immersive reading experience and the feel of a newspaper or magazine presentation, but on a digital device.” (Entertainment Weekly, September 30)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. The usage of cliches in the media is tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

 Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008

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