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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

10 Things No One Should Have To Do To Commit Acts of Quality Journalism

Make lists

Yell more than twice a week

Take pretty pictures of subjects.

Sell my subject’s perspective as fact

Work for an institution that spends more time and effort selling ads than doing stories

Treat gossip as hard news

Be unable to pay the rent and car payment and insurance and food.

Put A Question Mark At The End Of A Headline

Feel compelled to put “EXCLUSIVE” on anything, much less everything, much less on things that are not really exclusive or even news.

As a film journalist, to write up anything that simply detracts from the filmic arts with no significant purpose, positive or negative.

2 Responses to “10 Things No One Should Have To Do To Commit Acts of Quality Journalism”

  1. Joe Leydon says:

    You really are asking for it, aren’t you?

  2. Captain Celluloid says:

    Good list . . . for any flavor of journalist . . . send a copy to FOX NES\WS where the can REALLY use it.

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