Comments from former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie dismissing journalism academia as “make-work projects for retired journalists” stirred up the world of hackademia nicely on Friday.
His words appeared as a picture bylined article in the Viewspaper section of The Independent – an unusual place to find a MacKenzie byline.
It now turns out that MacKenzie hasn’t been freelancing for the Indy, but that the piece was in fact adapted from an interview with MacKenzie carried out by Harriet Thurley which first appeared in City’s alumni magazine XCity.
How have your newspaper consumption habits changed during the pandemic/lockdown, and do you think this will last?
- I read more news digitally than in print now, and expect this to continue (48%, 179 Votes)
- No change (29%, 107 Votes)
- I read more news in print than digitally now, and expect this to continue (14%, 52 Votes)
- I read more news digitally than in print now, but do not expect this to continue (6%, 24 Votes)
- I read more news in print than digitally now, but do not expect this to continue (3%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 372
Nice exclusive for Harriet. Shame on the Indy for denying her a byline and rather misleading its readers.
Ironic that a piece deriding journalism education should provide ample evidence of the need for such training.