Journalist or writer? Similar tools but different goals, tones, frames

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After a course at University of Western Australia, reflecting on the profession of journalist and the profession of writer. A not too serious digression having tasted both professions. There are similarities indeed. But be aware: journalism and fiction writer are two distinct professions. But, yes, one can lead to the other, if you start your career and are aware of the actual differences.

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Journalist or writer? Similar tools but different goals, tones, frames

  1. 1. Journalists Writers What do Have in common?
  2. 2. Yes, I wrote a kids’ book
  3. 3. And I wrote a ton news stories
  4. 4. So, you are asking
  5. 5. Journalists Writers What do Have in common?
  6. 6. Not much
  7. 7. Journalists Are creative In finding new stories Writers Are creative In finding new ways to tell stories
  8. 8. Journalists Are creative In finding new stories Writers Are creative In finding new ways to tell stories
  9. 9. Journalists Obey To the strict rules of the media Writers Obey To their own wishes and inspiration
  10. 10. Journalists Generate Emotions That are driven by Facts Writers Prefer to embed Facts into Emotion
  11. 11. Journalists Take Hours From idea to product Writers Take Ages From idea to product
  12. 12. Journalists are Attacked by many Writers are Loved by mami
  13. 13. Journalists Writers But yes
  14. 14. Journalists Writers There are similarities
  15. 15. Journalists Writers They both don’t pay their Bills
  16. 16. Please don’t take this too seriously. In my courses I see many participants trying out journalism with desires to work as writers. Better to start with clear ideas. Then, all paths are open to exploration. Feel free to share. Get in touch. Twitter @medjaco Tumblr planeteraptor Website jacopopasotti.com Email jacopo.list@gmail.com 2014 G

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