Letters to a newspaper writer III: A shameful scandal proper below your nostril

How ought to a media government handle the enterprise throughout a time of disruptive technological change? Alfonso Nieto tried to reply that query in his e-book “Letters to a newspaper writer,” written in 1987 when newsrooms in Spain have been shifting from typewriters to computer systems. His feedback have acute relevance at the moment.  

Alfonso Nieto, picture College of Navarra

On this letter to a fictitious newspaper writer, titled “A Shameful Scandal”, Alfonso Nieto criticizes media executives who’re centered solely on the underside line with out being attentive to the standard of the content material in their very own publications. (The scandal is a defamation lawsuit in opposition to a reporter.)

Nieto additionally emphasizes the significance of hiring journalists with excessive moral requirements. “This occupation is so outstanding that it ought to exclude these of mediocre character who’re untrustworthy, resentful, or egocentric” (p. 58).

The highest executives of the media group have the accountability to speak clearly the editorial requirements of the group, Nieto says. With out that, there may be dysfunction within the newsroom. Within the absence of clear route, every part editor creates their very own fiefdom, and “this dysfunction is the important thing that opens the door to misinformation and errors” (pp. 59-60).

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