TBW #52: What is a journalist?
Published on Mar 30, 2023
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What's a journalist?
For years, and even more so since the launch of The Big Whale in 2022, this question has been omnipresent. And if there's one observation that emerges from all our past and current discussions, it's that no one is able to define what a journalist is any more, and not just in Web3! 🤔
The Internet and its new codes obviously have a lot to do with this loss of bearings.
Nowadays, anyone can create content, publish images, shoot videos, in short do something that looks like news, but isn't really. The current debate surrounding the law on 'influencers' and their activity is the best example of this (listen again to the Space we organised on Monday).
Let's be clear, the ability for everyone to create, publish and distribute content - many of which is paid for 💰 - is an absolute freedom that we cherish more than anything. At least, just as much as the need for quality, contradictory and transparent information.
And this is where the responsibility of journalists - ours - comes into play. Because to consider that the Internet would be solely responsible for the vagueness around the definition of journalists would be a huge mistake, especially on the part of the journalists themselves.
For years, journalists, for different reasons, have lost the plot: instead of explaining what their mission is, how they work (cross-checking information, respecting contradictory views), they have preferred to take the comfortable slope - not all of them! - of the more profitable short-term 'infocommunication', forgetting that information, real information, is a daily professional struggle and a much more important source of long-term value for subscribers, and society more widely.
At least, that's how we see our mission at The Big Whale 🐳.