That little can be trusted is vox populi, but it is also true that we believe anything we are told anyway. We should be cautious, thus there are several concerning syndromes in Journalism, increasing in number.
Worst of all, journalists themselves condemn the little or none professionalism from many of their colleagues. This is an example in Spain, but I don’t doubt it’s a general issue.
I don’t like statistics at all, the use of random numbers usually referred to partial studies with ambiguous questions or analyzing the wrong variables? No, thanks. But I believe these percentages are pretty straightforward and do not seem “misunderstandable” or intentionally ambiguous. What they really are is alarming:
According to a report in December 2013 of the Asociación de la Prensa de Madrid, the “79,3% of polled journalists state having received some sort of pressure to modify the contents or orientation of some information. In the 76,1% of the cases this pressure came directly from their company“.
However, there is another number even more worrying, which the vast majority of media decided to ignore:
The “higher rank pressure” is one of the harms of the profession, but not the only one. We also have the “syndrome of the new“, which I am not sure if it is a term widely spread or only used in the article in which I found it, but the concept is real:This new arrives, ready to conquer the world, thinking he/she knows everything, and usually mixing up immediacy with “mediacy” (one related with time and the other one with repercussion) and causing the inevitable consequences…
This last syndrome, the syndrome of the nes, would be opposed to the “impostor syndrome“. This is actually the one that I was going to talk about when I started this post. But, you know, when you start a search to contrast or find more information, you may find something you just can’t ignore… So I let’s leave this one for another post.