Woman’s work: The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria

An interesting article, Woman’s work: The twisted reality of an Italian freelancer in Syria offers nuggets of reflection on the job of a journalist. Author Francesca Borri writes: “With new communication technologies there is this temptation to believe that speed is information. But it is based on a self-destructive logic: The content is now standardized, and your newspaper, your magazine, no longer has any distinctiveness, and so there is no reason to pay for the reporter. I mean, for the news, I have the Internet—and for free. The crisis today is of the media, not of the readership. Readers are still there, and contrary to what many editors believe, they are bright readers who ask for simplicity without simplification. They want to understand, not simply to know.”

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