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Pround to be a journalist?

By John Lloyd   October 2000

like many in my generation, born soon after the war and benefiting from a liberal education, I was inspired in the 1960s by the “new journalism.” Not Tom Wolfe’s-that came a little later-but the investigative techniques then being pioneered: the harsher style of television interviewing; the guying of public figures in satire; the taking-down-a-peg sharpness of metropolitan journalists working for the broadsheet press. It was a journalism which looked back in contempt at a closed world of privilege, bigotry and secrecy and implicitly looked forward to openness, relativism and classlessness.

A profession was expressing a desire to come up in…

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