A sadly predictable series of events:
(a) tornado devastates homes;
(b) state delivers aid in the form of iron kits for temporary houses;
(c) four months later, the victims remain without homes because the structures have not been assembled.
In this sketch of the facts, are basic narratives that are all too familiar to South African readers:
- Disasters strike. Shit happens. Nature is to blame. (Of course, if the people affected had decent homes, rather than shacks, they wouldn’t have lost their shelter in the first place).
If Joe and Jabu Blogger can publish online and even play a public watchdog role, that threatens to make journalists redundant.
To be “special” in a world where “anyone” can commit journalism, you would always need to explicitly attach the adjective “professional” to your activity.
But instead of marking yourself off from everyone, or regarding your "former audience" as a threat, why not work with them?
I was probably guilty of this as a reporter myself, but the hype in the first two paragraphs of a recent story on property prices exemplifies the sins of journalese.
THE ailing South African residential property market was hit by more bad news yesterday, with new figures showing real house prices took their biggest plunge in 15 years in May.
With no quick end in sight to rocketing inflation and interest rates that have knocked the economy, struggling homeowners can expect things to get worse before they get better.
What is it about journalists and numbers?
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