Monday, August 13, 2007

Genuinely do care about getting at the truth

Write Right
Journalism: Right and Wrong
Ian Mayes


How would ‘a machine for the production of errors’ look like? A newspaper, probably, says Ian Mayes in Journalism: Right and Wrong ( http://www.crosswordbookstores.com/ ), the sixth book since he became the readers’ editor of the Guardian in 1997.

The position of readers’ editor is ‘placed most unusually in the no man’s land between journalist and reader,’ Alan Rusbridger writes in preface. “It’s a pretty good vantage point. He combines an outsider’s distance with an insider’s perspective. He explains us to them, and them to us. Sometimes he manages the even harder job of explaining us to us.”

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