Over the last couple of weeks I have run extracts from the second edition of the book about local journalism What do we mean by local?* Now one of its co-editors, John Mair, offers his thoughts on the experience of editing journalists’ contributions.Mair is a serial book editor and a serial teacher, having taught at six British universities – Westminster, Kent, Brunel, Edinburgh Napier, Coventry and Northampton.Journalists and academics share much in common. They are both seekers after truth (or say they are). Primarily, both groups speak and write English (or say they do). Sadly, language too often gets in the way of communication.When did you last pick up a journalism academic tome and get to the end of it? Some of it is simply indecipherable. Too many of my colleagues in the academe hide behind obscure and obscurantist language. Some of them are even former “hacks” who should know better, but are trying to gain cred on the library shelves. Often in vain. The sad truth is that many of those who teach media have little time for journalism and for journalists, however elegant the language.What do we mean by local? is the tenth “hackademic” collection edited by Richard …read more

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