#AdviceForYoungJournalists: take it with a pinch of salt
A new hashtag explores the relationship between media and society... and makes bad jokes
An open letter by the financial journalist Felix Salmon, in which he responds to his many emails from budding hacks with strong words about why he thinks journalism is “a dumb career move”, has spawned a hashtag, #AdviceForYoungJournalists. It’s probably best summed up by the Mirror’s Martin Belam:
The #AdviceForYoungJournalists hashtag is a weird mix of great advice, jokes, and really genuinely bad advice. The internet in a nutshell.
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) February 10, 2015
After watching it scroll by on our tweetdecks with mild fascination for the past couple of hours, we thought we’d gather some of the best, worst and funniest advice that’s popped up, for the use of journalists young and old, and anyone interested in what the media should be:
Here is some actually good advice…
…and some pertinent if snide points:
Wd be funny if everyone who tweeted #AdviceForYoungJournalists about lack of sleep/anti-social hrs/other tedious moans were summarily fired
— Jess Brammar (@jessbrammar) February 10, 2015
Some of this #AdviceForYoungJournalists is SO pompous. Don’t be pompous, is my advice.
— Bryony Gordon (@bryony_gordon) February 10, 2015
Here is some bad advice from members of #gamergate who hijacked the thread:
And some less helpful but quite funny lines:
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