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How journalism works, part 94
Posted by Adam Macqueen, 19th October 2011 | 4 comments


1. Nervous hack (me) sits in green room at literary festival with editor. Hack says “you are going to tell that story about Peter Cook leading the invasion of the Mirror office, aren’t you?”

2. Editor spots clock at front of stage counting down to end of hour-long sessions, says “have I got time to tell the Cooky story?” Hack says yes. Editor tells Cooky story. Audience laughs, claps. Hack relieved.

3. Other hack in audience spends three days trying to sell story to someone, despite fact it is detailed at length in book first hack is plugging (pp. 189-191, fact fans!)

4. Story appears in Guardian media diary.

  1. Comment by Stephen Buckley
    October 19, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

    FFS (as our younger friends would text) – I guess PETFFY will be milked (and not credited) for stories for years to come; when would you call m’learned friends in?

  2. Comment by Adam Macqueen
    October 19, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    That’s an easy one, Stephen: speaking for myself, never, ever, ever. Hack Shall Not Sue Hack is the first rule of journalism – or at least it should be.

    And in this case, I’m just pleased there was someone there doing his job – it’s a cracking story, and deserves a wider audience!

  3. Comment by Stephen Buckley
    October 19, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    “Hack Shall Not Sue Hack is the first rule of journalism” – so, just how many hacks have sued the Eye in the last fifty years, then?

  4. Comment by Adam Macqueen
    October 21, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Crikey, there’s more:

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