Friday, May 6, 2011
What is a Competent Journalist?
I am going to interrupt my series of posts about the Three Incompetents, CARL CAMPANILE, REUVEN FENTON & YOAV GONEN, based on their article about Amy Woda in order to consider what we might expect from competent journalists.
I am not a journalist, but I am a member of the public that depends on journalists for the information they need to make responsible decisions. I think that I can recognize when gross incompetents such as Campanile, Fenton, and Gonen are not doing their job just as non-teachers are confident that they know a bad teacher when they see one. However, I think it would be helpful to see how experienced journalists define competency in journalism. I would like to note that I am looking to EXPERIENCED JOURNALISTS, not first-year novices, not publishers, not advertisers, not the guy on the corner who sells newspapers.
I found a list of 10 skills that journalists needed in order to be competent. I will be referring to them in future posts as I point out the many ways in which the NY POST fails its readers.