The internet has corroded so many of the structural basics of the journalistic transaction. Our monopoly over basic source information is significantly undermined, seeing as anyone can now watch parliament, or press conferences, or go through company reports online or tinker around with the websites of government departments. Our monopoly over the dissemination of information is damaged too, seeing as anyone can now set up a cheap publishing platform. A journalist’s main professional advantage over a blogger, increasingly, is that we have the luxury of being paid for what we do, and the privilege of some years’ experience of this pleasant arrangement. (Any journalist who has ever secretly marvelled, as I have, at the good fortune of actually being paid to do a job that is often such fun, might recognise in the dire current environment the feathery tumult of chickens coming home to roost. Finally, they’ve found us out.)
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