Journalism Today

April 15, 2008

Are you a reporter or a ‘churnalist’?

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That is the question irreverent news site The Churner Prize asks. Well, actually it doesn’t but it does flag up some great examples of ‘churnalism’, that is stories that are churned out without proper checking of the facts or sources. For example, the fantastic story of a saarf London girl who tried to ring for a taxi but ended up with a display cabinet instead. Surely only a cynic would doubt the credentials of this tale…

With all these great examples of ‘churnalism’ to highlight, The Churner Prize created, well, The Churner Prize. Only the most deserving pieces of ‘churnalism’ can claim this coveted award.

Furthermore, they highlight some of the worst jobs in journalism. These include a sub-editing position for which applicants are asked to supply five story ideas, despite this not being the role of a sub-editor, before even the interview stage.

So, are you a reporter or a ‘churnalist’? Either way, you should probably check out the site.

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