I hate to say it, but he has a point

Came across this succinct appraisal of journalism — and journalism schools — in an interview that Campus Progess did with Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi, who is clearly going for the “Hunter S. Thompson” award:

“If you have no real knowledge or skill set and you’re lazy and full of shit but you want to make a decent wage, then journalism’s not a bad career option. The great thing about it is that you don’t need to know anything. I mean this whole notion of journalism school—I can’t believe people actually go to journalism school. You can learn the entire thing in like three days.

My advice is instead of going to journalism school, go to school for something concrete like medicine or some kind of science or something and then use the knowledge you get in that field as a wedge to get yourself into journalism. What journalism really needs is more people who are reporting who actually know something.

Instead of having a bunch of liberal arts grads who’ve read Siddhartha 50 times writing about health care, it would be really nice if some of the people who are writing about health care were doctors.”

Well, at least there’s some hope left for my friend Dr. Tony Hung, who writes over at Deep Jive Interests.

6 thoughts on “I hate to say it, but he has a point

  1. The milk from my cereal nearly came out of my nose when I read this piece. 😉

    Thanks for the tip, Mat. You know my hero is Sanjay Gupta , right?


    <well, not so much> 🙂

  2. Read, hear or watch anything in the traditional media about your own field and it's invariably shallow, misleading and horribly ill-informed. Which is terrifying when you apply that principle to the serious news and “analysis” which inform much of our worldview.

    • I agree Simon. And while I think it's important that people become
      more skeptical of any form of media — traditional or otherwise — and
      find different sources in order to make up their own mind, I'm often
      afraid that people either don't have the time or can't be bothered.

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