Jane Hutcheon


05 Sep

Ewes Don't Care Journalism

Jane Hutcheon

There were two big stories in Australia this week.  They had lots of impact because they were visual and visceral.

You know the ones I mean.  

One was about a boy.  The other was about a sheep.

Many journalists, commentators, politicians, and tweeps have had their two cents worth.

So here's some reading to punctuate your thinking:

(Hint: they are not about the sheep and not all about the boy) 

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18 Feb

This is What I Know Now Personal Journalism

Jane Hutcheon

Recently, I was asked for some advice by a young man who’s about to finish a politics degree and is keen to be a journalist.

He wanted to know about insights, regrets and aspirations I had as a young journalist and the expectations I had at the outset of my career.

He asked whether a master’s degree in journalism from a good institution was more important than building a profile and a portfolio.

He also asked whether being gay and not ‘blokey’ was something he’d have to grapple with.  After pondering the questions, I decided to write a kind of 'this is what I know now.'

Here goes:

  • If you want a career badly enough, persistence is the only option. Persistence, practice, feedback (criticism) and life experience leads to mastery of the craft.
  • There has never been enough feedback in my career. Some organisations are surprisingly poor at this and I used to be too frightened to ask. My bad.
  • Always ask for a position, a role, a project that you want. Don’t wait for the invitation. If you ask and you don’t get it, ask why not and take note.
  • Challenge yourself, even when others don’t.
  • Don’t fear being outside the pack but more relevant perhaps, why define yourself by what others think?
  • The thing that stops people the most is self-sabotage. “I can’t do that or be that,” says the internal voice rather than “What do they want and how do I give it to them?"
  • Networking, building a profile and a portfolio or studying for an MA: further study is great once you’ve had a bit of experience. Mid-career, an MA - or fellowship - is a great opportunity to down tools, take stock, absorb and grow new branches.

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09 Oct

Hannah Arendt Journalism Books

Jane Hutcheon

Is there such a thing as the Banality of Evil?

I saw the film Hannah Arendt a few years ago.

I've read Hannah Arendt's New Yorker articles.

But a consensus against her views has been building ever since she wrote Eichmann in Jerusalem

Now I'm awaiting a copy of Bettina Stangneth's book.

And there are plenty of other recent pieces trying to reason why Arendt reached the conclusions she did.

It's one of humanity's enduring questions: where does evil begin?

(Photo of Arendt in 1949 by Fred Stein)


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