Archive for July 6th, 2009

‘Journo’s responsibility far greater than scholar’s’

6 July 2009

Max Weber on journalism

“Not everyone realizes that to write a really good piece of journalism is at least as demanding intellectually as the achievement of any scholar. This is particularly true when we recollect that it has to be written on the spot, to order, and that it must create an immediate effect, even though it is produced under completely different conditions from that of scholarly research. It is generally overlooked that a journalist’s actual responsibility is far greater than the scholar’s.”

Quoted by Roger Cohen of The New York Times

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