How serious journalism works

How serious journalism works

Manipulation of readers through publications has been around since there were written records. False news – fake news – as a means of politics is also not new. What is new is that rumors, like serious news, can spread quickly and unchecked on the Internet. Understanding and classifying how information is created, who checks what is correct, who decides what is disseminated in the major media and how, what happens on the Internet, is becoming increasingly important.

Klaus Ott, a member of the research team of the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, at the invitation of the Trager- und Forderverein ehemalige Synagoge (Association for the Support and Promotion of the Former Synagogue) in the town hall in Obernbreit, gave a vivid demonstration of how serious journalism works. He describes his working style and that of his editorial team like this: Being curious, "asking a lot of people who know a lot of things. Study essays in which "experts" work on the respective field of work. "Many thousands of pages of investigation files get. And then, like a puzzle made up of thousands of pieces, put it all together piece by piece.

Start with the edge and then work your way inward, to the core, until a picture emerges, even if that takes years.". Uncovering irregularities and affairs is tedious, but not annoying, but exciting, also has "nothing to do with a frenzied reporter who breathlessly chases events; or conspiratorially arranges at dark hours in hidden places with informants wearing sunglasses and wigs. But exciting. Instead, meetings in the cafe or in the office with people who trust the reporter. Telling him something for a variety of motives; letting him read something.

A lot of work? Yes. Regulated eight-hour office day? No. But with the feeling that the job is more of a passion than a profession, more of a pleasure than a burden, it’s easy to work and live."

Klaus Ott also reported in response to questions from the audience that the journalist is not a judge, whether his work serves to bring charges is not up to him. Asked about cost-cutting measures in the print media, his statement was: "The SZ also has to save money, so we editors don’t drive 1. Class and do not descend in expensive hotels. For it the thoroughness of the work and the expenditure for it are not saved, because it is important to us by founded articles the confidence of the readers to receive.

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