The New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell shares some tidbits about his upcoming essay for the magazine, which is all about the craft of news reporting. He should know, I guess, but it is always fun to pull stuff out of context. Like the Gawker piece nabbed from E&P Pub, which features this lovely little quote:
You can’t start blogging at 23 and call yourself a journalist.
Agreed! You’re a blogger, which you can call yourself right away then. Anyone can do it (which isn’t to say that anyone can do it well, but that’s often forgotten).
But if you write the same thing in a magazine, does that make you a journalist? Either way, Gladwell will share his thoughts on this sometime in the future, and most certainly push a thesis based on the notion that journalists are a head higher than bloggers, and that the good old newspaper is needed still. He’s probably right.
Read the full interview with Gladwell, which is really about other things mainly, in The Independent.